The Urbanist

Olympic legacies

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16 September 2021

Episode 518

30 minutes

Just how important is the Olympic legacy for the built environment? We assess how Tokyo 2020 has affected the city itself, look ahead to Paris 2024 and examine Rio 2016 too.

16 September 2021

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Chapter 1

A look back to Rio 2016

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In preparation for the international event, Rio underwent a city-wide transformation in order to host the first Olympic Games in South America.

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

Inside the Tokyo 2020 bubble

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This summer Kieran Pender got up close and personal with the Tokyo Games as Monocle 24’s Olympics correspondent. Now enjoying post-quarantine freedom, he filed this reflection.

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After Tokyo 2020

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We get the view from our Tokyo bureau chief, Fiona Wilson, on the physical aftermath for the city of these Games.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Coming up in Paris 2024

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Dutch architect and urban planner Ton Venhoeven has won the competition to design the Paris 2024 aquatics centre, the only permanent building to remain after the city’s Olympics.

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