Mega sporting events as tools of urban redevelopment: lessons learned from Rio de Janeiro

Azzali, Simona (2019) Mega sporting events as tools of urban redevelopment: lessons learned from Rio de Janeiro. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE): Urban Design and Planning, 172 (3). pp. 81-89.

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Abstract

In the 1990s, the municipality of Rio de Janeiro initiated a new policy that involved the use of mega sporting events as tools for urban redevelopment and regeneration of the city. This strategy culminated in the hosting of the 2014 Fédération Internationale de Football Association football World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympic Games. Through interviews with experts and bid book analysis, the paper aims to assess the impact of this strategy on Rio de Janeiro and its population, with a specific focus on the 2016 summer Olympic Games and two main Olympic clusters, Maracanã and Barra da Tijuca. Indeed, the 2016 Games were touted as a way to promote sustainable development in the city, and, also, social inclusion. However, the results show a very harmful impact of the Olympics on Rio de Janeiro. First, they increased the physical fragmentation and polarisation of the city; second, they aggravated social and economic inequalities among the local population.

Item ID: 54607
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1755-0793
Keywords: sustainability/town & city; planning; urban regeneration
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2018 02:00
FoR Codes: 12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120508 Urban Design @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160514 Urban Policy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8701 Construction Planning > 870105 Urban Planning @ 80%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960708 Urban Land Policy @ 20%
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