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Title: OLYMPICS AND MEGA SPORTS EVENT AS A CATALYST FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT � IS IT STILL A WINNING FORMULA?
Authors: LOKE SHEN TING
Keywords: Real Estate
RE
Master (Real Estate)
Lee Kwan Ok
2014/2015 RE
Olympics Games
Urban Planning
Issue Date: 22-Jun-2015
Citation: LOKE SHEN TING (2015-06-22). OLYMPICS AND MEGA SPORTS EVENT AS A CATALYST FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT � IS IT STILL A WINNING FORMULA?. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: There is a belief that hosting a mega-event such as the Olympics Games serve as a catalyst for urban renewal (Essex & Chalkley, 1998). Such mega-sport events have emerged as an important tool of city and regional renewal through their capacity to justify redevelopment and regeneration, attract foreign investment and provide a global stage for city rebranding of the host cities. This paper focuses on the role of the Olympics Games as an urban catalyst for urban development. I will first present historical evidences on how the Olympics Games had acted as an urban catalyst. To address the question of whether the Olympics Games is still a winning formula as an urban catalyst, a comparative case study for Beijing 2008 and London 2012 will be presented to draw comparisons between a developing and developed nation. This paper presents a scenario of East meeting West on the levelled playing field of Olympics Games. These two host cities were selected based on their vast political and cultural diverse backgrounds and a close time factor with one preceding the other. Findings from the comparative case study have demonstrated that both host cities had tapped on the power of the Olympics Games as an urban catalyst and had accelerated changes to their urban landscape. It was also discovered that despite holding the same international sport event, these two host cities had adopted two distinctive different urban strategies which call to attention the commitment to a localised application for future host cities. The IOC bidding framework, embedded in the process of Olympics Games serves as a meaningful tool when it is employed as an urban planning and execution tool. However, the magnitude of displacement in a developing nation like China reflected a need to incorporate this factor into consideration under the IOC bidding framework.
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