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]

What Happens When We Lose A Video Store?

Blockbuster Video Store Closing

I just read an article on Indiewire titled “What We Lose When We Lose Video Stores” that was republished from Hammer to Nail about the closing of the neighborhood video store Reel Life in Brooklyn, and an interview by Alex Ross Perry with Reel Life store owner Joe Martin.

There have been plenty of articles recently that chronicled the falls of Blockbuster and Hollywood Video, but this time feels different. Instead of reading mostly about the might of big box stores on small mom and pops, this article highlights the positive effects that passionate business owners and passionate people can have on their neighborhoods.

You can head over the article to read it in full, but here are some interesting takeaways (including a bit about video collectors, which I myself actually was one):

– Economics of video stores
– Death of collector’s editions of videos and DVDs
– Loss of local film expertise and strong likelihood that hard-to-find titles WILL ONLY be found online
– Loss of video stores means yet another lost opportunity at human interaction (i.e., neighborhood space)
– Relationship between independent cinema and video stores

I leave with this standout quote: “I don’t want to consider a future populated by people who grew up without nice places to go and explore their developing interests with a stranger whose opinion they trust.”

Director Michel Gondry addressed this inevitability in his 2008 film Be Kind Rewind with Jack Black and Mos Def. It’s worth watching.

So to summarize: there are less local bookstores, there are less local video stores. What will fill our neighborhoods? There are only so many bars, restaurants, and art studios…

[image via Ocala (Florida) Photos]