Olympic Cities: City Agendas, Planning, and the World’s Games, 1896 – 2016, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Olympic Cities

City Agendas, Planning, and the World’s Games, 1896 – 2016, 2nd Edition

Edited by John R. Gold, Margaret M. Gold

© 2011 – Routledge

444 pages

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About the Book

Providing a full overview of the changing relationship between cities and the Olympic events, this substantially revised and enlarged edition builds on the success of its predecessor. Its coverage takes account of important new scholarship as well as adding reflections on the experience of staging Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010, the state of preparations for London 2012, and the plans for the Games scheduled for Sochi in 2014 and Rio de Janeiro 2016.

The book is divided into three parts that provide overviews of the urban legacy of the four component Olympic festivals, systematic surveys of five key aspects of activity involved in staging the Olympics and ten chronologically arranged portraits of host cities.

As controversy over the growing size and expense of the Olympics continues, this timely assessment of the Games’ development and the complex agendas that host cities attach to the event will be essential reading for urban and sports historians, urban geographers, planners and all concerned with understanding the relationship between cities and culture.

Olympic Cities is one of the Routledge books of the month for December 2010


'Accessible for undergraduates with historical and contemporary material that is useful across disciplines.' – Lecturer, Liverpool Hope University

"if you want to find out more about the Olympics, this is the book to go to" - Housing Studies journal

“I found the book to be detailed, informative, and comprehensive, making for a solid introduction to the topic.”Planning Perspectives

Table of Contents

1. Introduction John R. Gold and Margaret M. Gold Part 1: The Olympic Festivals 2. From A to B: the Summer Olympics, 1896–2008 John R. Gold and Margaret M. Gold 3. The Winter Olympics: Driving Urban Change, 1924–2014 Stephen J. Essex 4. The Cultural Olympiads: Reviving the Panegyris Margaret M. Gold and George Revill 5. The Paralympics John R. Gold and Margaret M. Gold Part 2: Planning and Management 6. Financing the Games Paul Kitchin 7. Promoting the Olympic City Stephen V. Ward 8. Olympic Security Jon Coaffee and Peter Fussey 9. Urban Regeneration and Renewal Jon Coaffee 10. Olympic Tourism Mike Weed Part 3: City Portraits 11. Berlin 1936 Monika Meyer-Künzel 12. Mexico City 1968 Michael Barke 13. Montreal 1976 Daniel Latouche 14. Barcelona 1992 Francisco-Javier Monclús 15. Sydney 2000 Beatriz García 16. Athens 2004 Margaret M. Gold 17. Beijing 2008 Ian G. Cook and Stephen Miles 18. London 2012 Graeme Evans 19. Rio de Janeiro 2016 John R. Gold 20. Afterword John R. Gold and Margaret M. Gold

About the Editors

John R. Gold is Professor of Urban Historical Geography at Oxford Brookes University.

Margaret M. Gold is Senior Lecturer in Arts and Heritage Management and an Associate of the Cities Institute at London Metropolitan University.

About the Series

Planning, History and Environment Series

This series offers a unique window on the creation of the modern environment. Designed for an international readership, the emphasis is on:

  • urban and regional planning
  • recent as well as longer-term history
  • what the past can tell us about the present
  • local as well as global and comparative topics

Within this framework the books address three themes:

  • regional, continental and comparative studies
  • planning histories of key cities
  • changing planning ideologies and policies


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture