Sir Rols Posted March 17, 2022 Report Share Posted March 17, 2022 (edited) 1 hour ago, Olympics2028 said: I can't figure out why some summer games go with the highrise format of a Tokyo or Rio, while Paris or Sydney in 2000 goes with a friendlier format. Personally, the 2000 games appeared to have the most human-scaled, accessible format. It’s just totally dictated by what works best for the host - it’s just an aspect where local needs, resources and traditions take precedence over aesthetics. How much space they have for a major housing project in the environs of the Olympic facilities? What are the housing traditions in those nations/cities? Not every city, indeed not many cities, have a large enough area of vacant land ripe for redevelopment as a residential zone for a games. Apartment living is more common in many areas, particularly Europe and Asia, than others. The US has tended to utilise its tradition of college dorms, which is pretty unique to North America- most of the rest of the world does not have that tradition. Funnily enough, this was a source of much friction here during what was then an LA vs Paris race for 2024. Some Angeleno posters painted LA’s dorm solution as the trump card, and attacked Paris’s residential village as an expensive waste and a flaw. They couldn’t seem to grasp that government-funded public housing projects are far more accepted, even expected, in countries outside the US, where it appears the notion is anathema. Ultimately, Olympic Villages are usually one of the leas controversial acts of Olympic planning - it’s usually (outside the US at least) easy to sell the concept of a new residential project for post games use. Conversely, it’s one of the major negatives against the concept of a permanent Olympic host site or small selection of permanent host cities - it’s just not economically viable to maintain a mini-city/suburb for 16,000+ athletes and support staff in pristine and vacant condition between games. Take Sydney, whose village you admire. It’s all an established and fully populated suburb now. If Sydney were to host again in the near future, it would need a whole new Olympic Village, and I’m not aware of any tracts of land in the immediate Olympic Park vicinity suitable for development. Plus, while Australian cities have long been closer to the US suburban sprawl concept where standalone housing is more common, in recent years population pressure is changing that and we’re starting to se a lot more medium to density residential projects - ie, apartment complexes - than in the past. If Sydney were to host again soon, it would probably have to use apartment towers. Similarly, Paris’ Cite du Cinema village was also only a one off thing. In the race for 2024, when the IOC was asking about its preparedness to wait out till 2028, Paris said it couldn’t be done because the Cite du Cinema couldn’t be maintained for village use beyond 2024 - the business plan that made it viable required it to convert to residential use immediately post-games. Edited March 17, 2022 by Sir Rols Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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