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#books #photography | The olympic city

The olympic city / Jon Pack, Gary Hustwit
Jon Pack & Gary Hustwit, [s.l.] : 2013 (Iceland : Oddi Printing)
240 p. : principalmente il.
ISBN 9780989532105
Juegos Olímpicos
Instalaciones deportivas
Arquitectura -- Siglo XX
Arquitectura -- Siglo XXI
Sbc Aprendizaje A-725.85 OLY

The Olympic City is an ongoing documentary photography project by Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit that looks at the legacy of the Olympic Games in former host cities around the world. Hosting the Olympics has become a way for a city to show itself off on an international stage and generate toursim dollars, and cities spend millions or billions for the privilege. But after the events are over, the medals have been handed out, and the torch is extinguished, what’s next? What happens to a city after the Olympics are gone?

In The Olympic City, we’re documenting the successes and failures, the forgotten remnants and ghosts of the Olympic spectacle. Some former Olympic sites are retrofitted and used in ways that belie their grand beginnings; turned into prisons, housing, malls, gyms, churches. Others sit unused for decades and become tragic time capsules, examples of misguided planning and broken promises of the benefits that the Games would bring. We’re interested in these disparate ideas — decay and rebirth — and how each site seems to have gone one way or the other, either by choice or circumstance. We’re equally interested in the lives of the people whose neighborhoods have been transformed by Olympic development.

The cities we’ve photographed for this phase of the project are Athens, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Helsinki, Mexico City, Moscow, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, Lake Placid, Rome, and Sarajevo. Images from these cities appear in our first book, designed by Paul Sahre and features a foreword by “New York Times” architecture critic Michael Kimmelman. We intend to continue the project and photograph more Olympic cities in the future.

Web | The Olympic City

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