Book recommendation; Mega Events and the Urban Economy: What can Olympic Cities learn from each other?


Mega Events and the Urban Economy: What can Olympic Cities learn from each other?

Cities have sought to host sports mega events to catalyse urban development and renewal. In several cities urban transformation was accelerated and social tensions intensified. This paper argues that addressing these tensions creatively requires host cities to focus on public interventions aimed at reducing social inequality. Host cities may learn much from each other about the types of interventions that promote the creation of integrated rather than fragmented communities.

Book recommendation; Urban transformation from hosting the Olympic Games


Urban transformation from hosting the Olympic Games

The infrastructural requirements of staging an Olympic Games are substantial. The event demands investment in world class sporting venues as well as in urban transport, telecommunications, accommodation and environmental improvements. The Olympic Games are much more than a sporting event: they have evolved into a tool of urban renewal and a catalyst of urban transformation. The aim of this paper is to review the role of the Olympic Games in changing and modernising the built environment of its host cities and to assess its role as a tool of urban regeneration.

Book recommendation; Olympic Stadiums/Stades Olympiques



From the publisher:

Olympic Stadiums/Stades Olympiques
People, Passion, Stories/Des Hommes, Des Passions, Des Histoires

Curated and edited at the Culture & Education Programmes Unit, The Olympic Museum. Contributions by Tim Abrahams, Geraint John and Ben McCormick
Published by GILES in associations with the International Olympic Committee

RELEASE — October 2016 (UK)
DIMENSIONS — 176 pages, 274 x 222 mm (8 ¾ × 10 ¾ in)
FORMAT — Hardback
PRICE — UK £29.95
ISBN — 978-1-907804-95-3

About the Book
With a wealth of archival images, stadium stories and reminiscences by athletes, supporters and those who worked on the building and organisation, this new volume is a richly illustrated souvenir of the changing design and purpose of Olympic stadia over the past century. It shows how the International Olympic Committee works with Olympic venues to build an Olympic stadium that responds to the needs of the city, looking in particular at iconic stadia built to showcase architectural prowess and attract international attention. A timeline reveals how architecture has changed over the past century, and there are fascinating interviews with those who took part; athletes, architects, and the people who worked behind the scenes.

About the Author(s)
Tim Abrahams is an architectural journalist, digital editor for Drawing Matter and series editor of Machine Books. Geraint John, RIBA Dip Arch (UCL) CISRM MILAM FRSA is Honorary Life President of the UIA (International Union of Architects) Sports and Leisure Programme and former chief architect at GB Sports Council. Ben McCormick is a magazine and website journalist and editor and head of content at Redhouse Lane.

Rio2016; Books worth reading (3)

For anyone traveling to Rio de Janeiro next summer, or for those who want to know more about Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and Brazilian architecture; The following books are worth reading. (read also part 1 and part 2)


Roberto Burle Marx – Brazilian Modernist
Jens Hoffmann and Claudia J. Nahson

Roberto Burle Marx - Brazilian Modernist

The modernist parks and gardens of Brazilian landscape architect and garden designer Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994) earned him awards, widespread acclaim, and international fame. Over a 60-year career, he designed more than 2,000 gardens worldwide, the most famous of which are those he created in collaboration with the architect Oscar Niemeyer for Brasília. Although he is best known for his landscape work, Burle Marx was a prolific artist in a variety of media, and his larger body of work—which includes paintings, drawings, tile mosaics, sculpture, textile design, jewelry, theater costumes, and more—is critical to understanding his importance as a modernist. An avid horticulturalist, he was among the first to denounce deforestation in the Amazon region; he also discovered over thirty species of Brazilian flora, which bear his name.

This beautifully illustrated and groundbreaking publication covers the full range of Burle Marx’s artistic output, as well as his remarkable home, an abandoned estate that he transformed into his office, workshop, gallery, and living space. The enduring influence of Burle Marx’s work is also explored through interviews with seven contemporary artists: Juan Araujo, Paloma Bosquê, Dominique González-Foerster, Luisa Lambri, Arto Lindsay, Nick Mauss, and Beatriz Milhazes. These artists exemplify the extent to which his work continues to be a source of inspiration.
Jens Hoffmann is deputy director of exhibitions and public programs and Claudia J. Nahson is the Morris and Eva Feld Curator, both at the Jewish Museum, New York.

May 3, 2016
224 pages, 9 1/2 x 10 1/4
185 color + 20 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300212150
Hardcover: $50.00

Published in association with the Jewish Museum, New York


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Book recommendation; Stadia: The Populous Design and Development Guide

Stadia The Populous Design and Development Guide


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Stadia – The Populous Design and Development Guide
By Rod Sheard & Ben Vickery

In this fully updated and redesigned edition of the essential and long-established Stadia, the authors offer their unrivalled expertise to all professionals who commission, plan, design, and manage high-quality sports venues. Ideas about the design and use of stadiums continue to evolve and this fifth edition includes the latest developments in the field. Including updated chapters on sustainability, masterplanning and services, a new chapter on branding activation, and new global case studies, the fifth edition of Stadia is the ultimate guide to all aspects of stadium design, from local club buildings to international showpieces. In addition to a wide array of international case studies, the authors draw on the experience of the design firm Populous who in recent years delivered the 2010 Yankees Stadium in New York; the 2010 Aviva stadium, Dublin; the 2004 Benfica stadium, Lisbon; the 2010 Soccer City FNB Stadium, Johannesburg; the 2012 Marlins Park, Miami; and the 2012 new Olympic Stadium, London.

Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415522700

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Special issue Architectural Design; Brazil: Restructuring the Urban

The next issue of Architectural Design is fully dedicated to Brazil. From the publisher:

AD Brazil

Brazil is a country of city dwellers undergoing radical transformation: over 85 per cent of the country s citizens live in cities and over 40 per cent of the population live in metropolises of more than a million people. Whereas previously urban growth had been ad hoc, preparation for the FIFA World Cup in 12 cities across the country in 2014, and for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, changed all that. Several Brazilian cities have proactively invested in infrastructure and the public realm. And a number of projects by international starchitects have heightened interest in Brazil from architects and urban practitioners abroad. The failure of public authorities to meet their ambitious aspirations for the sporting mega-events sparked a series of street protests across the country under the banner of the right to the city , beginning in 2013. For Brazil, this was an entirely new phenomenon, one which has unveiled the potential for bottom-up influences to effect urban change. The focus of this issue, though, is on design projects that contribute a strong sense of place to their respective cities, highlighting also the integration of landscape design in urban planning and community interventions that seek to address the enormous disparity between the lives of the country s rich and poor. Contributors: Ricky Burdett, Thomas Deckker, Gabriel Duarte, Sergio Ekerman, Nanda Eskes and Andre Vieira, Alexandre Hepner and Silvio Soares Macedo, Circe Monteiro and Luiz Carvalho, Joana Carla Soares Goncalves, Jaime Lerner, Ana Luiza Nobre, Justin McGuirk, Francesco Perrotta-Bosch, Maria do Rocio Rosario, Fernando Serapiao, Guilherme Wisnik Featured architects: AECOM, Biselli Katchborian, Brasil Arquitetura, Santiago Calatrava, Studio Arthur Casas, Diller Scofdio + Renfro, Herzog & de Meuron, Vigliecca & Associados

Paperback, 146 pages
John Wiley & Sons
ISBN-13: 978-1118972465

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This edition appears April 29, 2016.

Book recommendation; Olympic Realities: Sechs Stadte Nach dem Grossanlass / Six Cities After the Games

Olympic Realities Sechs Stadte Nach dem Grossanlass Six Cities After the Games


From the author:

World records, heroic stories, tears of the losers. The Olympics are the most important international sporting event when, for two weeks, one city is watched by the world.
Universal enthusiasm and a global media presence politicise the games and provide an opportunity for massive investment. Stadiums become symbols of power.
Days of euphoria are followed by disillusionment. Olympic Realities takes the viewer to six places deserted by the Olympic circus.
Bruno Helbling’s architecture photography raises questions of the significance of these monstrous events.
The impressive pictures are accompanied by six controversial essays, each written by an author with a special connection to the particular Olympic city.
Simultaneously provocative and entertaining, they expose the roots of a system of megalomania, corruption and mismanagement.
Olympic Realities is not only a highly aesthetic record of endurance, but also a sharp portrayal of an inescapable recurrence.

Hardback, 206 pages, English & German, 164 color-photographs
Photography by Bruno Helbling Essays by Werner van Gent, Peter Dittmann, Ahmed Buric,
Francesco Pastorelli, Barbara Lüthi and Martin Müller.
Graphic-Design by Lars Egert
Birkhäuser 2015
ISBN 978-3-0356-0631-7


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Rio2016; Books worth reading (2)

For anyone traveling to Rio de Janeiro next summer, or for those who want to know more about Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and Brazilian architecture; The following books are worth reading. (read part 1 here)

Oscar Niemeyer and the Architecture of Brazil
David Underwood
Rizzoli International Publications

Olympic Favelas: Portraits of Eviction in Rio
Marc Ohrem-Leclef

Lucien Clergue Brasilia
Eva-Monika Turck
Hatje Cantz

Brasilia-Chandigarh: Living with Modernity
Cees Nooteboom, Martino Stierli, Lars Muller
Lars Muller Publishers

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955 – 1980
Barry Bergdoll, Carlos Eduardo Comas
The Museum of Modern Art, New York


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L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui latest issue: Architecture & Sport

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At a time when sports infrastructures are regional development initiators, sport is more than ever tied to the city. And even if these facilities’ ambitions are occasionally questionable, they are nonetheless factors – and often accelerators – of the revitalization of districts, cities, or even whole territories, creating economic growth and social cohesion.


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