The concept, called “Olympic Unity House” and developed by architectural firm 3XN, ensures that the new building authentically reflects Olympism, the Olympic Movement and the role of the IOC as a catalyst for collaboration in an iconic and transparent way. Olympic Unity House is designed to be a welcoming home for IOC members and the meeting place for the entire Olympic Movement.
The IOC administration will be brought together at Olympic Unity House in a single location in Vidy, resulting in substantial long-term savings, increased working efficiency and energy conservation. With this ambitious project, the IOC aims to demonstrate leadership in terms of sustainability. The highest possible sustainability certification level will be considered, and studies are currently ongoing to define which labels are the most suitable to the new building.
Last April, the EB chose Danish firm 3XN as its architectural partner for the design of its headquarters. The choice concluded a year-long selection process that saw 118 architecture practices from around the world enter an international architecture competition launched by the IOC. Twelve projects, from four different continents, were initially shortlisted. Of those, three were then invited to further develop their concepts.
“The IOC Session was presented today with an architectural project that will allow the IOC to benefit from a modern, functional and sustainable working environment”, said the IOC Director General. “At a time when we are speaking about the future of the Olympic Movement with Olympic Agenda 2020, Olympic Unity House is a bridge between the roots of the IOC in Lausanne and our vision for the future.”
IOC Executive Board sets dates for 2024 Olympic Games bid process
The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today approved the bid process timelines for the 2024 Olympic Games, three days ahead of discussions and voting on Olympic Agenda 2020 by the 127th IOC Session in Monaco.
The full IOC membership will vote on the 40 recommendations that make up Olympic Agenda 2020, a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, during the Session on 8 and 9 December. One of the recommendations is to include an Invitation Phase to the bid process that would offer potential bid cities greater flexibility and diversity. The IOC would invite cities interested in hosting the Games, through their NOCs, to engage in a dialogue to learn how they think the Olympic Games could best fit into their long-term social, economic, environmental, and sports planning.
But today the EB confirmed the key dates of the 2024 bid process. The Applicant City Phase for the 2024 Olympic Games will start on 15 September 2015 and continue through to April/May 2016. The Candidate City Phase will continue through to the election of the host city in the summer of 2017.
Applicant City Phase 7-9 October 2015: IOC to host information seminar for 2024 Applicant Cities in Lausanne 8 January 2016: Deadline for Applicant Cities to submit Application Files and guarantee letters March 2016: IOC Working Group Meeting to assess Applicant Cities (including video conference with each city) April/May 2016: IOC Executive Board to select Candidate Cities May 2016: Cities receive Candidate City Questionnaire and related documents
Candidate City Phase 5-21 August 2016: Candidate Cities to attend Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Olympic Games Observers’ Programme November/December 2016: Candidate Cities to attend Rio 2016 Debrief in Tokyo January 2017: Deadline for Candidate Cities to submit Candidature File and guarantee letters February/March 2017: Evaluation Commission visits June 2017: IOC to publish Evaluation Commission Report June 2017 (tbc): Candidate City Briefing to IOC members Summer 2017: Candidate City presentations to the IOC Session; final report to Session from Evaluation Commission Chair; election of the host city of the 2024 Olympic Games
In the wake of its early twentieth-century civil wars, Mexico strove to present itself to the world as unified and prosperous. The preparation in Mexico City for the 1968 Summer Olympics was arguably the most ambitious of a sequence of design projects that aimed to signal Mexico’s arrival in the developed world. In Spectacular Mexico, Luis M. Castañeda demonstrates how these projects were used to create a spectacle of social harmony and ultimately to guide the nation’s capital into becoming the powerful megacity we know today.
Not only the first Latin American country to host the Olympics but also the first Spanish-speaking country, Mexico’s architectural transformation was put on international display. From traveling exhibitions of indigenous archaeological artifacts to the construction of the Mexico City subway, Spectacular Mexico details how these key projects placed the nation on the stage of global capitalism and revamped its status as a modernized country. Surveying works of major architects such as Félix Candela, Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, Ricardo Legorreta, and graphic designer Lance Wyman, Castañeda illustrates the use of architecture and design as instruments of propaganda and nation branding.
Forming a kind of “image economy,” Mexico’s architectural projects and artifacts were at the heart of the nation’s economic growth and cultivated a new mass audience at an international level. Through an examination of one of the most important cosmopolitan moments in Mexico’s history, Spectacular Mexico positions architecture as central to the negotiation of social, economic, and political relations.
Luis M. Castañeda is assistant professor of art history at Syracuse University.
Introduction: The Exhibitionist State
1. Diplomatic Spectacles: Mexico Displays Itself at World’s Fairs
2. Archaeologies of Power: Assembling the Museo Nacional de Antropología
3. Image Machines: Mexico ’68’s “Old” and “New” Sports Facilities
4. Total Design of an Olympic Metropolis
5. Subterranean Scenographies: Time Travel at the Mexico City Metro
Epilogue: Olympic Afterlives
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