New IOC headquarters; Images “Olympic Unity House” released

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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.”


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Election of the host city of the 130th
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  • Kosovo accepted as a full member of the IOC
  • Extension of the term of IOC membership for Gian-Franco Kasper until June 2018
  • Elected IOC honorary members: Jean-Claude Killy, Raja Randhir Singh, His Royal Highness Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd bin Abdul-Aziz, Leo Wallner, and Melitón Sánchez Rivas (from 1 January 2015)
  • Olympic Orders; Raja Randhir Singh, His Royal Highness Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd bin Abdul-Aziz, Leo Wallner, and Melitón Sánchez Rivas
  • Trophy of the International Olympic Committee: HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein
  • Women and Sport Awards;
    • World Trophy; Meriem Cherni Mizouni (Tunisia)
    • Trophy for Africa: Aya Mahmoud Medany (Egypt)
    • Trophy for the Americas: Nancy Hogshead-Makar (USA)
    • Trophy for Asia: Cheikha Naïma Al-Sabah (Kuwait)
    • Trophy for Europe: Anastasia Davydova (Russia)
    • Trophy for Oceania: Siân Mulholland (Australia)



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Olympic Agenda 2020

Approved recommendations:

  1. Shape the bidding process as an invitation
  2. Evaluate bid cities by assessing key opportunities and risks
  3. Reduce the cost of bidding
  4. Include sustainability in all aspects of the Olympic Games
  5. Include sustainability within the Olympic Movement’s daily operations
  6. Cooperate closely with other sports event organisers
  7. Strengthen relationships with organisations managing sport for people with different abilities
  8. Forge relationships with professional leagues
  9. Set a framework for the Olympic programme
  10. Move from a sport-based to an event-based programme
  11. Foster gender equality
  12. Reduce the cost and reinforce the flexibility of Olympic Games management
  13. Maximise synergies with Olympic Movement stakeholders
  14. Strengthen the 6th Fundamental Principle of Olympism
  15. Change the philosophy to protecting clean athletes
  16. Leverage the IOC USD 20 million fund to protect clean athletes
  17. Honour clean athletes
  18. Strengthen support to athletes
  19. Launch an Olympic Channel
  20. Enter into strategic partnerships
  21. Strengthen IOC advocacy capacity
  22. Spread Olympic values-based education
  23. Engage with communities
  24. Evaluate the Sport for Hope programme
  25. Review Youth Olympic Games positioning
  26. Further blend sport and culture
  27. Comply with basic principles of good governance
  28. Support autonomy
  29. Increase transparency
  30. Strengthen the IOC Ethics Commission independence
  31. Ensure compliance
  32. Strengthen ethics
  33. Further involve sponsors in “Olympism in Action” programmes
  34. Develop a global licensing programme
  35. Foster TOP sponsors’ engagement with NOCs
  36. Extend access to the Olympic brand for non-commercial use
  37. Address IOC membership age limit
  38. Implement a targeted recruitment process
  39. Foster dialogue with society and within the Olympic Movement
  40. Review scope and composition of IOC commissions


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London 2012;

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PyeongChang 2018;

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2022 Bid;

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2024 Bid; IOC Executive Board sets dates for 2024 Olympic Games bid process

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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


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Book recommendation; Spectacular Mexico – Design, Propaganda, and the 1968 Olympics

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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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344 pages, 94 b&w photos, 10 color plates, 7 x 9, November 2014