The Olympic Legacies of Roma 1960 and Athens 2004

Brown, Laura and Cresciani, Manuel (2015) The Olympic Legacies of Roma 1960 and Athens 2004. Proceedings of IASS Annual Symposia, IASS 2015 Amsterdam Symposium: Future Visions – Historical Spatial Structures. ISSN 2518-6582

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Olympic Buildings are designed to challenge Architectural and Structural archetypes; pressing the boundaries of form and material technology, and constructing iconic structures that serve both as a record of time and, according to legacy planning ideals, benefit the wider community. Whilst Architectural legacy is a critical concept, it is also an arduous construct both to define and appraise. According to Sebastian Coe, (Coe [4]) ‘legacy is probably nine-tenths of what the process is about: not just 16 days of Olympic sport’; but key researchers in the field have identified legacy as problematic, and there have been few conclusive studies evidencing and interpreting connections between Architectural design and legacy outcome. This paper presents a comparison between the legacies of two classic Olympiads, Rome 1960 and Athens 2004.

The different time distance between the two editions allows to assess how, and why Rome was a general success in terms of the current use of the sports venues after fifty-five years and why, conversely, Athens arenae lies in a forgotten state only after ten years. The present work is a contribution to the broader research (PhD) on the legacy of the European Olympiads form London 1948 to London 2012.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Architecture; Calatrava; Environmental Impact; Legacy; Nervi; Olympiads; Regeneration; Urban Planning
Subjects: K100 Architecture
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2018 08:51
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 20:00

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