Cultural Mega-Events: Opportunities and Risks for Heritage Cities, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Cultural Mega-Events

Opportunities and Risks for Heritage Cities, 1st Edition

By Zachary Jones


248 pages | 26 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-01-31
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Mega-events have long been used by cities as a strategy to secure global recognition and attract future economic investment. While cultural mega-events have become increasingly popular, cities have begun questioning the traditional model of other events such as the Olympic Games with many candidate cities cancelling bids in recent years. This book explores these dynamics of reducing overall costs and increasing sustainability by further embedding these large events within the existing fabric of the city, a strategy that cultural mega-events have been employing for several decades. Such an approach of planning and implementing mega-events introduces a broad range of physical effects and nuanced institutional changes, particularly for the more sensitive heritage areas of cities. This book highlights both this growing trend of cultural mega-events as well as the opportunities and risks for heritage through an examination of three World Heritage cities, Genoa, Liverpool and Istanbul, each of which have been European Capital of Culture. By doing so, it investigates the potential benefits and challenges of integrating event and heritage planning to provide lessons that can help future historic cities and heritage decision makers better prepare for such events.

Table of Contents

1.Introduction: Mega-events and the city

2. The rise of cultural mega-events and shifting mega-event trends

3. Defining cultural mega-events and the mega-event process

4. The potential synergy between built heritage and mega-events

5. Genoa European Capital of Culture 2004: A cultural mega-event embedded within a strategic vision for heritage development

6. Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008: A cultural mega-event within a strategic regeneration overlooking heritage

7. Istanbul European Capital of Culture 2010: Competing visions for heritage in a cultural mega-event

8. Key issues emerging from the overlap of heritage and mega-events

9. Conclusions: Considerations for future historic cities hosting mega-events

About the Author

Zachary M. Jones is a current Adjunct Faculty and Research Fellow at the Politecnico di Milano where he completed his PhD in Urban Planning, Design and Planning. His teaching and research activities span architectural and urban design, planning, built heritage, cultural mega-events and cultural policy. Starting his academic career in the US, he has since spent a number of years expanding his research interests in Europe where, in addition to completing his PhD in Italy, he was a Fulbright Student in Croatia, a Visiting Research Fellow at Kadir Has University in Turkey and a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Cultural Capital in the UK.

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ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning