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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Book recommendation; Olympic Villages: a hundred years of urban planning and shared experiences

Olympic Villages: a hundred years of urban planning and shared experiences

The book contains a selection of debates and a compilation of papers presented at the 2nd Symposium of the International Chair in Olympism (IOC-UAB) on Olympic Villages, held in November 1996 at the Olympic Museum Lausanne. The urban planning of Olympic Villages, their organisation during the celebration of the Olympic Games and the experiences shared by athletes at Olympic Villages were the main themes analysed by 80 attendees. The book is divided into two thematic areas. The first focuses on the urban planning of Olympic Villages and their historical evolution and typology, and it contains detailed references to the experiences of Albertville 1992 and Salt Lake City 2002. The second focuses on the day-to-day organisation of athletes residing at Olympic Villages, the Olympic Village requirements that the IOC places on organising committees, and Olympic Village management experiences.


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Rio2016; Books worth reading (1)

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.


Brazil’s Modern Architecture
Pedro Fiori Arantes, Roberto Conduru, Elisabetta Andreoli
Phaidon Press

Brazil Built: The Architecture of the Modern Movement in Brazil
Marcel Gautherot
Thames & Hudson

Carolina Chagas
Phaidon Press

Wallpaper* City Guide Rio de Janeiro 2014
Phaidon Press

Michael Palin

The Modernist City: An Anthropological Critique of Brasilia: Architecture, Politics and Society in Brasilia
James Holston
University Of Chicago Press

Inside the Favelas: Rio De Janeiro
Douglas Mayhew
Glitterati Inc

3+1 Stadia for Brazil: Brasilia Manaus Belo Horizonte Rio De Janeiro
Falk Jaeger
JOVIS Verlag; Bilingual edition

Building Brasilia
Marcel Gautherot
Thames & Hudson

Oscar Niemeyer Buildings
Alan Weintraub
Rizzoli International Publications

Lina Bo Bardi
Zeuler Rm De A. Lima, Barry Bergdoll
Yale University Press


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Architecture of the Games Weekly – Issue #3/2015

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Olympic Realities: Sechs Stadte Nach Dem Grossanlass / Six Cities After the Games (German)
Hardcover – 1 Oct 2015
by Werner Van Gent (Contributor), Bruno Helbling (Editor, Photographer)

Bruno Helbling offers an objective yet aesthetically captivating look at what now awaits visitors to the elaborately planned and expensive sports venues. The variety of possible subsequent uses shown is both insightful and educational. It also demonstrates the effectiveness of architecture in an environment that is beyond the reaches of planning control. A book that is both poetic and inspiring.

Product details
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Birkhauser (1 Oct. 2015)
Language: German
ISBN-10: 3035606315
ISBN-13: 978-3035606317

Book recommendation; The Race for the 2012 Olympics

The Race for the 2012 Olympics Mike Lee


The Race for the 2012 Olympics
Mike Lee

London bid leader and British Olympic hero Sebastian Coe, Tony Blair and David Beckham all played a part in winning the most competitive race for the Games in Olympic history. But it was far from plain sailing and the campaign was a rollercoaster ride of emotions: full of drama, controversy and tears from the moment businesswoman Barbara Cassani was given the task of launching the bid in 2003, to the fateful day in Singapore when her successor, Lord Coe, and the rest of the world was told London had won.

Mike Lee was at the heart of this intriguing journey through the entangled world of International Olympic Committee politics, international sport, British politics and the media as he travelled the world with Coe and other team members to present London’s bid.

ISBN: 9780753511527
Published: 01/10/2007
Imprint: Virgin Books
Extent: 240 pages

Book recommendation; Material Innovation: Architecture

Material Innovation Architecture

Two London Olympic venues in this book; Olympic Shooting Venue (Magma Architecture) and Coca-Cola Beatbox Pavilion (Pernilla & Asif)

From the publisher:

Material Innovation: Architecture
Andrew H. Dent
Leslie Sherr

MATERIAL INNOVATION is an ambitious new series identifying and examining the new and innovative materials that are transforming art, design and technology practice

Clearly structured and illustrated with carefully selected images throughout, this book will connect material to reader and will inspire both students and professionals to pursue the optimal material for each specific application.

This volume focuses on specific categories of materials – glass and ceramic, altered naturals, high-performance composites, digitally fabricated metals and polymer films – applied to an extensive range of projects, from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision to the Ordos Art and City Museum in Mongolia. Seven specially commissioned ‘visual narratives’ by such architects as Zaha Hadid are also included.

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The series is being produced in association with Material ConneXion, a materials consultancy agency with unparalleled expertise in innovative and sustainable materials. Its materials library of advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes is the largest of its kind in the world.

With a preface by George M. Beylerian, the founder of Material ConneXion, and an introduction by Gail Peter Borden, the head of Architecture at the University of Southern California, the texts are authoritative and yet also accessible.

Andrew H. Dent, Ph.D., Vice President of Library and Materials Research at Material ConneXion, leads a team of material experts to solve design challenges and help companies develop the products of tomorrow.
Leslie Sherr has written extensively about architecture, design and gardens. As a brand strategist, she has worked for several leading communication design firms, most recently C&G Partners.


ISBN 9780500291283
24.00 x 19.00 cm
415 Illustrations, 415 in colour
First published 2014

Book list; Update May 2015

New additions to the book list:

Olympiastadion Berlin und Olympisches Dorf Elstal (German)
Martin Kaule
Hardcover: 64 pages
ISBN-13: 978-3861537663
Ch. Links Verlag

Olympic Stadium Berlin (Die Neuen Architekturfuhrer) English Version
Bernd Hettlage (Author), Wolfgang Reiher (Photographer), Leo Seidel (Photographer)
Paperback: 32 pages
ISBN-13: 978-3937123806
Schnell & Steiner

München ’72: Olympia-Architektur damals und heute (German)
Matthias Hell
Hardcover: 160 pages
ISBN-13: 978-3937090634

Norwegian Olympic Design: Design and Architecture for the XVII Olympic Winter Games Lillehammer 1994
Lars Elton (Author), Jim Bengston (Illustrator), Sean Martin (Translator)
Hardcover: 156 pages
ISBN-13: 978-8245200089
Norsk Forum

The Race for the 2012 Olympics
Mike Lee
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0753511527
Virgin Books

Material Innovation: Architecture
Andrew H. Dent, Leslie Sherr
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0500291283
Thames and Hudson Ltd


National Geographic
August 2000 – Sydney Olympic City
February 2002 – Salt Lake Valley Olympic leap of faith
May 2008 – Beijing is building up for the Olympics
August 2012 – Olympic London, The East End is reborn

Architectural Record
7-2008 Beijing Transformed

Mark Magazine
2012-#39 London after the Games

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Book recommendation; The Olympic sites – The architecture of 2006 in the urban landscape of Turin

The Olympic sites - The architecture of 2006 in the urban landscape of Turin



The architecture realised for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games is the most visible aspect of a change that has had a profound effect on some locations in Turin, and has continued a larg-scale transformation process already begun in previous years, sometimes even changing its course. This book proposes an itinerary among the Olympic buildings, along with a description of the places which they helped to form. It is a guide to the Olympic projects, but also a kind of “balance sheet” of the event, weighing the capacity of this architecture to give the city a new identity, respond to specific problems, and propose new ways of living urban spaces. While Turin appears ever more eager to bet on hosting major events, the reutilisation of the large structures built for the Olympics is one of the critical issues that urban strategies will need to address in the near future.



The Olympic sites. The architecture of 2006 in the urban landscape of Turin. (Paperback)

De Pieri, Filippo;Fassino, Giulietta
Umberto Allemandi, 2008
ISBN 13: 9788842214625
Language: English
Pages: 72
Dimensions: 120mm x 195mm
Illustrations note: b/w ill.