The Olympic Games create a lasting legacy for the host city that goes far beyond the physical investments made for the Games. Staging an Olympics can play many roles in informing a city's long-range development strategy. While some cities like London & Sydney have used the event as an opportunity to regenerate long-targeted redevelopment sites and ultimately reinforce their established places among top-tier destinations, other cities like Beijing, China and Rio de Janerio, Brazil use the prestige that come with hosting the world's most watched and most costly sporting event to formally announce their arrival on the world stage.
This Spring 2013 interdisciplinary City Planning studio examined the opportunities to leverage the Olympics investments for on-going development in two cities, Beijing and Rio de Janerio. Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016 both represent enormous potential for these cities to leverage thi influx of capital, real estate and transit investments that occur alongside the Olympic Games to catalyze positive-post Olympic Growth.
Two volumes examine the challenges and opportunities in Beijing and Rio and presents a comprehensive plan for the future of both cities. To understand the Olympics in a global context, there is another volume, "Planning After the Games"