4th Edition

Olympic Cities City Agendas, Planning, and the World’s Games, 1896 – 2032

Edited By John Gold, Margaret M Gold Copyright 2024
    608 Pages 110 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    608 Pages 110 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The first edition of Olympic Cities, published in 2007, provided a pioneering overview of the changing relationship between cities and the modern Olympic Games. This substantially revised and much enlarged fourth edition builds on the success of its predecessors. The first of its three parts provides overviews of the urban legacy of the four component Olympic festivals: the Summer Games; Winter Games; Cultural Olympiads; and the Paralympics. The second part comprises systematic surveys of six key aspects of activity involved in staging the Olympics and Paralympics: finance; sustainability; the creation of Olympic Villages; security; urban regeneration; and tourism. The final part consists of ten chronologically arranged portraits of host cities from 1960 to 2032, with complete coverage of the Summer Games of the twenty-first century.

    As controversy over the growing size and expense of the Olympics, with associated issues of democratic accountability and legacy, continues unabated, this book’s incisive and timely assessment of the Games’ development and the complex agendas that host cities attach to the event will be essential reading for a wide audience. This will include not just urban and sports historians, urban geographers, event managers, and city planners, but also anyone with an interest in the staging of mega-events and concerned with building a better understanding of the relationship between cities, sport, and culture.



    The Contributors

    List of Acronyms

    1 Introduction

                John R. Gold and Margaret M. Gold  

    Part I The Olympic Festivals 

    2 The Summer Olympics, 1896–2020

                John R. Gold and Margaret M. Gold

    3 The Winter Olympics, 1924–2022

                Stephen Essex

    4 The Cultural Olympiads

                Beatriz García

    5 The Paralympic Games

                John R. Gold and Margaret M. Gold 

    Part II Planning and Management 

    6 Olympic Finance

                Holger Preuss

    7 Olympic Sustainability

                John R. Gold and Margaret M. Gold

    8 Olympic Villages

                Tony Sainsbury

    9 Security and the Threat of Terrorism

                Jon Coaffee and Pete Fussey 

    10 Urban Regeneration

                Andrew Smith

    11 Olympic Tourism

                Mike Weed

    Part III City Portraits

    12 Rome 1960

                Giuseppe Telesca

    13 Sydney 2000

                Robert Freestone

    14 Athens 2004

                Margaret M. Gold

    15 Beijing 2008

                Ian G. Cook, Stephen Miles and Giorgos Chatzinakos

    16 London 2012

                Graeme Evans and Özlem Tasci-Edizel

    17 Rio de Janeiro 2016

                Gabriel Silvestre and Erik Omens de Melo

    18 Tokyo 2020

                Yasushi Aoyama

    19 Paris 2024

                Cécile Doustaly

    20 Los Angeles 2028

                Sven Daniel Wolfe and Cerianne Robertson

    21 Brisbane 2032

                Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes




    John R. Gold is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London and Professor Emeritus at Oxford Brookes University.

    Margaret M. Gold is Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries at London Metropolitan University, and Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London.