Books; Upcoming book releases (Spring + Summer 2017)

Olympic Stadia: Their History, Their Design, Their Future
Author: Geraint John, Dave Parker
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Routledge (1 April 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1138698849
ISBN-13: 978-1138698840

Olympic Urbanism: Rome to Rio
Author: Judith Grant Long
Publisher: Routledge (8 April 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1138667161
ISBN-13: 978-1138667167

Rio 2016: The Olympic Games Through the Photographer’s Lens
Editor: The International Olympic Committee
Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: D Giles Ltd (1 May 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1911282115
ISBN-13: 978-1911282112
Product Dimensions: 18 x 0.7 x 18 cm

London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City: A Hollow Legacy?
Editor: Phil Cohen, Paul Watt
Hardcover: 445 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2017 edition (30 May 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1137489464
ISBN-13: 978-1137489463
Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 21.1 cm

No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities are Passing on the Torch
Author: Chris Dempsey, Andrew Zimbalist
Hardcover: 232 pages
Publisher: University of New Hampshire Press (28 Jun. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 151260058X
ISBN-13: 978-1512600582
Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.2 x 21 cm

The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games: Assessing the 30-Year Legacy (Sport in the Global Society – Historical Perspectives)
Editor: Matthew Llewellyn, John Gleaves, Wayne Wilson
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (23 Aug. 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1138085375
ISBN-13: 978-1138085374

London 2012; Book recommendation: Renewing the Past: Unearthing the History of the Olympic Park Site

© Trust for Wessex Archaeology Ltd


From the publisher:

Renewing the Past: Unearthing the History of the Olympic Park Site
Investigations have revealed the buried history of the 2012 Olympic Park site. Archaeologists have unearthed prehistoric settlements, a medieval millstream and a Victorian riverboat, and they traced the area’s industrial heritage. As the landscape changed over time, so did the lives of the people who lived and worked here. Now it has changed again, renewing and building on the past to create a legacy for the future.

Paperback: 44 pages
Publisher: Trust for Wessex Archaeology Ltd
Date: 1 June 2012
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1874350604
ISBN-13: 978-1874350606
Dimensions: 14,5 x 0,5 x 20,3 cm

Tokyo 2020; Book recommendation: A Japanese Constellation (MoMA Exhibition Catalogue)

© The Museum of Modern Art, New York
© The Museum of Modern Art, New York


From the publisher:

A Japanese Constellation (Exhibition Catalogue)
Edited by Pedro Gadanho and Phoebe Springstubb. Essays by Terunobu Fujimori, Taro Igarashi, and Julian Worrall.

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at MoMA, A Japanese Constellation focuses on the work of a small group of architects and designers influenced by and gravitating around the architect Toyo Ito and the architectural firm SANAA. Beginning with an overview of Ito’s career and his influence as a mentor to a new generation of Japanese architects, the catalogue presents a richly illustrated portfolio of recent works by three generations of internationally acclaimed designers, including Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, and Junya Ishigami.

A Japanese Constellation reveals a network of influence and cross-pollination that is particularly relevant at the start of the twenty-first century. Essays by curators, historians, and critics reflect on the transmission of an architectural sensibility and suggest an alternative model to what has been described as an individuality-based “star-system” in architecture. The publication reveals how themes travel across generations of architects, creating a strong identity for a regional practice with global impact.

SIZE 12.5h x 9w x 1d”
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ISBN 9781633450097

Rio 2016; Book recommendation: Morar Olimpiadas – Giles Price

© Giles Price
© Giles Price

From the author:


Morar Olimpiadas


In Morar Olimpíadas Giles Price scans the field of rapid urban transformation in Rio de Janeiro as the city prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. With vivid precision, he captures the colossal processes demanded of an Olympic host city—the scratching, scraping, and sculpting of the metropolitan terrain in the name of the five-ring spectacle.

From an altitude of 1,500 feet, Price offers us geographical landscapes laced with geopolitical import. He deftly accentuates the inequalities that all too often Olympic development either exacerbates or breathes into being. These processes typically transpire behind tall walls, blockades, and barriers. As such, they are difficult, if not impossible, to appreciate, let alone access, from the ground level. We owe Price gratitude for gifting us with fresh perspective, for affording us a glimpse of the privatised enclaves of the future, for stoking a vital discussion about privilege, priorities, and power. “Once spatial injustice is inscribed into the built environment,” notes critical geographer Edward Soja, “it is difficult to erase.” In Morar Olimpíadas, Price helps stave off that near-indelible inscription.

A visual poetics of dirt-and-dust materiality flickers through this collection. The photographs insist we remember that the Olympics have a whole lot to do with real estate. The book raises a key question: for whom does Olympic development boom?

Introduction by Jules Boykoff


ISBN: 978-0-9573621-1-6



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


From the author:

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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