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]