The triple legacy of Olympic cities : a morphological assessment of Olympic stadia / Laura Brown, Alice Vialard

Brown, Laura | Vialard, Alice

To deliver a more sustainable Olympic Games, the current trend is to reuse existing buildings constructed for previous Games or other mega events. To assess the impact of the Olympic Games on the urban fabric, this study performs a historic survey of Olympic sites in three cities that have thrice been awarded the Summer Olympic Games (Paris 1900, 1924, 2024, London 1908, 1948, 2012, and Los Angeles 1932, 1984, 2028) through different periods of Olympic urban development. Through the comparison of Olympic stadia, this paper examines the impact of implementing large individual buildings on the urban fabric. The implications of this study can help in making more informed choices in site procurement (city centre, urban fringe, or brownfield), scale of urban interventions and the benefit of reusing or upgrading existing venues in large scale events for a more resilient city.

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