The 2012 London games: can Olympic legacies be sustainable?

Azzali, Simona (2016) The 2012 London games: can Olympic legacies be sustainable? In: NewDist (July 2016 Special Issue) pp. 262-268. From: SBE16: Sustainable Built Envrionment: towards post-carbon cities, 18-19 February 2016, Torino, Italy.

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Mega-events, from the Olympics to the World Cups, are often regarded as catalysts for the overall redevelopment of a city. Mega-events have driven the urban transformation of cities like Barcelona or Beijing, but while the prospect of economic growth is the leading force for hosting them, the legacies that follow their staging, especially regarding sustainable development, are difficult to design and quantify. The research draws an investigation into the impact of mega sports events on the built environment, focusing on the analysis of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The aim of this study is to assess of the real legacies of the 2012 Olympics in London in terms of sustainable urbanism, with particular regard to the public open spaces created (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Olympic Village). The case of London was selected, among other Olympic cities, because the British capital was the first Olympic city with a comprehensive legacy plan and a sustainability strategy already in execution before the hosting of the Games. Moreover, the case of London offers a wide variety of legacies that can be analysed. Future research will focus on the development of a comprehensive framework for appraising legacies of mega sports events, focusing on their long-term self-sustained impacts, which means an analysis of the economic, social, environmental, but cultural and governance-related legacies.

Item ID: 54641
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
ISSN: 2283-8791
Keywords: mega sport events; sustainable legacies; London 2012; olympic legacies
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Copyright Information: © 2019 SBE16 Torino. Open access via publisher website.
Funders: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
Projects and Grants: QNRF GSRA1-1-1119-13007
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2019 02:55
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 @ 100%
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