Olympic Stadia: Theatres of Dreams

1st Edition

Geraint John, Dave Parker

Routledge
November 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages - 93 Color & 52 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138698840 - CAT# Y288760

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Summary

Olympic Stadia: Theatres of Dreams provides a comprehensive account of the history and development of Olympic Stadia including: the evolution of running tracks, the introduction of lighting, and continuing improvements in spectator viewing and comfort standards.

Co-authored by a world-renowned expert on sports architecture, the book:

  • Systematically analyses every stadium from Athens 1896 to Tokyo 2020, setting its design and construction in historical and political context
  • Provides drawings, plans, elevations, photographs and illustrations in full colour 
  • Considers the fundamental changes wrought by the incorporation of the Paralympic Games 

  • Explores the effects of the ever-more elaborate Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the demands of the world’s media and TV broadcasters

  • Looks at the impact on host cities and their urban infrastructure, and considers the long-term legacies of the massive investments that Olympic stadia require.

An invaluable and beautiful resource for practical insight and inspiration, this book makes essential reading for anyone considering an Olympic bid or just interested in the architectural and structural challenges Olympic stadia usually present.

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