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Hmmmm. Not sure if this is serious, if it's approved, or if it's just a proposal, but looks like the Chinesae are keen to burnish His Excellency's name for eternity!

Tianjin-Samaranch Memorial Olympic Museum / Holm Architecture Office

The five interlocking rings of the Olympic symbol serves as the foundation for the 25,000 square meter (250,000 square foot) building design by Holm Architecture Office. By re-arranging the rings and varying the scale, the HAO design creates a museum consisting of two rings above ground with three sunken courtyards.

The two main rings serve as counterparts in the story of the life of Juan Antonio Samaranch. The first ring invites visitors in through a public courtyard, lifting them onto a circular ramp. This ring will house exhibits that speak to the legacy of Juan Antonio Samaranch’s work with the Olympic Committee and the impact it has had on China and the world. The second ring encloses a garden and focuses on the life and work of Juan Antonio Samaranch, serving as a memorial to his achievements.

Together the two rings create a continuous loop taking the visitor through both the exhibition and memorial areas. The building design incorporates green technologies, from the installation of energy-producing solar cells on the building’s roof to climate control through geothermal heating and cooling.

The surrounding 80,000 square meter (800,000 square foot) park features 204 circles representing each of the member countries of the International Olympic Committee. The circles contain different program and landscaping, creating a lush and varied park experience. The new museum and grounds are slated for completion in 2013.

eVolo

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I wonder if Luigi Vercotti/Euesebius is planning on making a pilgrimage to it!!!

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It seems that China will do anything to please the IOC

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It seems that China will do anything to please the IOC

Did they ever get around to inscribing all the IOC members' names on the Great Wall? They'd promised that in one of their bids (can't remember if it was 2000 or 2008)>

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Oh god, barf!!

Looks like 4 bits of dog "bone" food stacked on top of each other.

I wonder how they will present his Fascist-Franco years? :blink: Or, if truth be told, how he rigged the 1986 votes so that his hometown could at the expense of Sofia and Paris?

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Did they ever get around to inscribing all the IOC members' names on the Great Wall? They'd promised that in one of their bids (can't remember if it was 2000 or 2008)>

Oh yeah, I remember that one. I think it was for the 2000 bid.

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I wonder how they will present his Fascist-Franco years?

If it's an interactive museum, maybe they'll have a shooting gallery for those years - Republicans, lesser Catalans and Basques as targets!

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Lol Baron my first reaction when I saw the thread title was 'puke'.

And LOL at all the rendered public in the pix, is that dude fishing!?

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Lol Baron my first reaction when I saw the thread title was 'puke'.

And LOL at all the rendered public in the pix, is that dude fishing!?

he's flying a kite actually. And why the **** would China build something like this? It's just ridiculous!

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I think the Barcelona Olympic Museum has probably dealt with Samaranch in the best way possible, and he is afterall a son of their city.

A small area of the museum on Montjuic dedicated to some items of his collection that he had donated to them. Generally it's tasteful, but even then, it does everynow and the threaten to head down the *presidential* track.

This just seems abit over the top.

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Lol Baron my first reaction when I saw the thread title was 'puke'.

And LOL at all the rendered public in the pix, is that dude fishing!?

Great minds think alike, walei.

No, I think that guy on the right side of the pic is flying a kite.

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Sama seems to be bigger than Jesus ... or maybe even Mao, in China:

Samaranch statues mark Olympic bid

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To mark the 10th anniversary of China winning the right to host the Beijing Olympic Games, Chinese artist Yuan Xikun has made 100 bronze statues of the late Juan Antonio Samaranch, former president of the International Olympic Committee.

Yuan made these statues as gifts to the people who contributed to China's bid for the Olympic Games, including international political leaders, athletes, and ordinary volunteers.

The statues are smaller versions of a statue that Yuan made in 2006, which was launched by Samaranch.

China Daily

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Samaranch Foundation launched in Beijing

BEIJING, July 13 (Xinhua) -- A foundation named after late International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch was officially launched in Beijing on Friday, the 11th anniversary of the Chinese capital city's successful bid for the 2008 Olympic Games.

IOC member Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the son of the late President, explained that the main goals of the Foundation are "keeping and promoting the legacy of the relationship with China, supporting Olympism in the country, and contributing to increase cultural, economic and financial relations between Spain and China".

The Samaranch Foundation is a non-profit foundation registered in China. The original funds of the Foundation have been donated by Samaranch Family, International Olympic Committee, Chinese Olympic Committee, Beijing Olympic City Development Association, Spanish Government, Municipal Government of Barcelona, ANTA, Samsung China, Tibet Spring, China Post, Beijing Tourism Group, Taishan Sports and La Caixa.

"Known around the world, Juan Antonio Samaranch was one of those men who make their mark on their era, and whose influence is felt long after they have gone. It was thanks to his extraordinary vision and talent that the Olympic Movement became strong and unified, and his achievements will leave a legacy that will continue long into the future. Among his many remarkable accomplishments, he will be long remembered for making possible the return of China within the Olympic family and thus for promoting the Olympic Movement and its values throughout the country and in particular among the young people," IOC President Jacques Rogge said in his message to the launch of the foundation.

In 2013, the Samaranch Foundation will publish the official "Juan Antonio Samaranch biography", award Samaranch Scholarship, organize Samaranch Olympic Collection Forum and "Samaranch Trophy" Sport events, promote Sports for All concept in west China as well as celebrate 40th Anniversary of Establishment of Sino-Spain diplomatic relations with an Art Expo in two countries.

Juan Antonio Samaranch served as the seventh President of the IOC from 1980 to 2001. He died of cardio-respiratory failure in Barcelona on April 21, 2010.

http://news.xinhuane...c_131714315.htm

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It seems the Chinese haven't quite understood the idea of Intercultural communications - eg/ erecting monuments of people in this way can come across as tacky and insincere.

If they really want to do Samaranch a posthumous honour --- maybe Beijing and its venues can host the Madrid 2020 Olympics on behalf of the Spanish capital itself?? ;)

It seems the Chinese haven't quite understood the idea of Intercultural communications - eg/ erecting monuments of people in this way can come across as tacky and insincere.

If they really want to do Samaranch a posthumous honour --- maybe Beijing and its venues can host the Madrid 2020 Olympics on behalf of the Spanish capital itself?? ;) If Madrid is serious about "cost cutting" their 2020 Olympic bid - maybe they can outsource their own Olympics to China!!

It seems the Chinese haven't quite understood the idea of Intercultural communications - eg/ erecting monuments of people in this way can come across as tacky and insincere.

If they really want to do Samaranch a posthumous honour --- maybe Beijing and its venues can host the Madrid 2020 Olympics on behalf of the Spanish capital itself?? ;) If Madrid is serious about "cost cutting" their 2020 Olympic bid - maybe they can outsource their own Olympics to China!!

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Apologies for that post, not sure why there are duplications. This is a great forum except for the absence of the "edit" button?

You get one if you join the Premium Member ranks.

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I love this forum - but I don't think I use it enough! :)

Still - it's frustrating that it doesn't allow me to clean up my own post. Makes the page look messy.

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Samaranch Memorial set to open in China

April 15 - The Samaranch Memorial is set to be unveiled in Tianjin, China, next week in what is the world's most ambitious project to commemorate the memory and legacy of the late Juan Antonio Samaranch, who served as International Olympic Committee (IOC) President for over two decades.

Samaranch served as IOC President for 21 years from 1980 to 2001, meaning that the Spaniard spent the second longest term as the head of the organisation behind only the founder of the Modern Olympic Games Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who was in the role for 29 years.

He died in April 2010 at the age of 89 after he had taken the IOC from near bankruptcy when he first became President to huge financial prosperity by the time he stepped down in 2001, making him perhaps the most influential and significant figure in the history of the Olympic Movement since Coubertin.

The Samaranch Memorial in Tianjin, just outside Beijing, was conceived, founded and designed by IOC Executive Board member C K Wu of Chinese Taipei.

Wu, who is also President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), became an IOC member in 1988 when Samaranch was at the helm.

The pair became very close friends and shortly before his death, Samaranch donated his lifelong Olympic collection of over 16,000 pieces to Wu.

Following the death of Samaranch, Wu, a world-renowned architecture expert who helped create and build Milton Keynes in the UK, decided to found the Samaranch Memorial to showcase the collection and pay homage to the former IOC President.

His plans received the full authorisation and support of the Samaranch family and the IOC and the structure has now been completed after work began in 2011.

Construction spans an area of 19,000 square metres with three overlapping circular structures forming the main building.

These circles together form the shapes of "8", "S" and "∞"which can be seen as representations of the Beijing 2008, Samaranch and the infinite and the eternal.

In addition, circular ramps connecting the two buildings and the three levels make up the five Olympic rings – the symbol of the union five continents through the Olympic Movement.

The Samaranch Memorial will be one of the biggest collections of Olympic memorabilia in the world and it is due to officially open on Sunday (April 21).

Many IOC figures will be in attendance for the opening, including Samaranch's successor as IOC President Jacques Rogge and his son Juan Antonio Samaranch Junior, who is an IOC Executive Board member.

Wu also decided on the creation of the Samaranch Memorial due to his commitment to promoting the cultural and educational aspects of the Olympic Movement.

The 66-year-old is a member of the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education.

The Commission advises the IOC on the promotion of culture and Olympic education and supports the IOC programmes and activities related to the education of youth through sport.

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A western collection, with I am sure 95% of the pieces in English, French or Spanish...in a communist Chinese city...what? 5,500+ miles away??? :blink:

The old wiley fox nor kids couldn't even find anyone in Catalonia to house the collection??

And it was donated to the IOC member from Taipeh?? What is wrong with this picture?? :blink:

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A western collection, with I am sure 95% of the pieces in English, French or Spanish...in a communist Chinese city...what? 5,500+ miles away??? :blink:

The old wiley fox nor kids couldn't even find anyone in Catalonia to house the collection??

And it was donated to the IOC member from Taipeh?? What is wrong with this picture?? :blink:

I guess if Wu has all that stuff from Samaranch and wants to display it on a government's dime, China is the place. Taiwanese are somewhat into the Olympics but probably only as a once in four years thing; we are not that big to build a memorial for someone we hardly care for. Especially with this memorial thing, local media would dig up every last dirt on Samaranch and accuse the government wasting money deifying someone like him. So I guess in that way China makes sense.

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