The Olympic City Will Attempt To Document Host Cities After Olympic Games

Montreal Olympic Stadium

What happens to cities after they’ve hosted the Olympic Games. Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit are attempting to finish their photography project with this Kickstarter campaign, The Olympic City.

Much has been documented about this topic before (see Greek debt after 2004 Summer Olympics), but I don’t think many people have attempted to visualize the true effects and impacts to these cities after the “hangover” kicks in. From the photos on the campaign’s webpage, I think The Olympic City has the potential to reveal overlooked aspects of the urban changes.

FYI: Hustwit’s credits include the documentaries: Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized.

Other references:

-Hall, C. Michael, and Julie Hodges. “The Party’s Great, but What About the Hangover?: The Housing and Social Impacts of Mega-Events with Special Reference to the 2000 Sydney Olympics.” Festival Management and Event Tourism. Volume 4, Numbers 1-2, 1996 , pp. 13-20(8).
-Kasimati, Evangelia. “Economic aspects and the Summer Olympics: a review of related research.” International Journal of Tourism Research. Volume 5, Issue 6, pages 433–444.
-Waitt, Gordon. “Social impacts of the Sydney Olympics.” Annals of Tourism Research. Volume 30, Issue 1, January 2003, Pages 194–215.

[photo via Encylopedia of French Cultural Heritage]

Inflatable Stonehenge: The First Pop-Up Landmark


Artist Jeremy Deller created an life-size model of Stonehenge in celebration of the 2012 Summer Olympics, but you don’t have to go all the way to Wiltshire to see this version; plus, you can bounce and jump around these particular former ruins.

Currently, pop-up restaurants are very hip now. Parklets are in vogue. Jeremy Deller is taking the pop-up concept to a whole new level with pop-up landmarks.

[photo via Frédéric Vincent/Wikimedia Commons]

Screening: Eames – The Architect And The Painter At Crest Theater, Sacramento

Charles and Ray Eames

True design blends form and function. Charles and Ray Eames were among the great 20th Century American designers who conquered design challenges in almost every product available: buildings, furniture, games, toys, etc.

Narrated by James Franco, the documentary Eames: The Architect And The Painter (2011) hopes to capture the spirit of these two designers. The California Museum is sponsoring a special documentary screening at the Crest Theater (6 March 2012 at 6:30-10:00 PM PST) in commemoration of Sacramento native-Ray Eames’ 100th birthday.

[photo via Hammer Museum]