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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New book

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.

Book recommendation; Olympic Architecture: Beijing 2008

Olympic Architecture Beijing 2008 2


From the publisher:

Without a doubt the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will not only attract worldwide attention for the sporting contests, but also for the architectural settings and arenas. The exemplary and prestigious stadiums will remain of interest long after the games are over. Olympic Architecture, Beijing 2008 is a comprehensive survey of all the venues for the 29th Olympic Games. It provides detailed insights into the specialized stadium architecture with an abundance of visual material such as bird’s-eye views, illustrations of details, plans/elevations/sections, and rendering drawings. Part One of the volume is an overview written by Ma Guoxin, architectural master and member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Part Two gives descriptions of the individual Olympic venues, including 15 newly-built ones (e.g. the Main Olympic Project – Bird’s Nest by Herzog & De Meuron, and the National Aquatics Center – Water Cube by the China Construction Design International (Shenzhen) of CSCEC, PTW Architects, Australia, and Arup Australasia), 14 reconstructed buildings (e.g. Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, Workers’ Stadium) and 6 temporary structures (e.g. Olympic Green Hockey Field, Wukesong Baseball Field).

Product details

Olympic Architecture
Beijing 2008
314 p.
325 color, 132 b/w ills, 132 drawings and plans
22,0 x 30,5 cm
EUR 39.90 / GBP 29.90 net, excl. local VAT
ISBN 978-3-7643-8834-8


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

Spectacular Mexico
From the publisher:

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



$35.00 paper ISBN 978-0-8166-9079-4
$105.00 cloth ISBN 978-0-8166-9076-3
344 pages, 94 b&w photos, 10 color plates, 7 x 9, November 2014