Great Event, More Troubles. Difficulties with the Urban Heritage of Athens 2004 as a Turning Point in the History of the Olympic Games.

Great Event, More Troubles. Difficulties with the Urban Heritage of Athens 2004 as a Turning Point in the History of the Olympic Games.

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The Olympic Games had a significant impact on their organizing cities almost every time. As technological advancements intensified, the Olympics turned into a gigantic project that consumed a lot of resources and money. Successive organizers tried to surpass the previous ones. With time, countries and governments realized that the power of the Olympic Games was in their international recognition, where they can demonstrate their strength, power and influence. Increasing media interest and easier social access meant that more and more cities applied for the rights to the Olympics. When Athens was granted the right to organize, the machine of gigantomania was scattered for good. Lots of new facilities were built, large spaces were transformed, communication and city transport were improved, etc. The shortcomings and huge errors in planning came to light after a few years. When in 2008 China organized the Olympics with even greater flourish in its propaganda fashion, the IOC already knew that fundamental changes were needed. The Olympic facilities in Athens at that time were already in decline and overgrown with weeds. Many of them turned out to be simply useless and unnecessary. All this made the preparations for the Olympics in London take on a completely different character. Attention was paid to the use of existing buildings, the revitalization of degraded areas was carried out in a more sustainable and socially responsible manner, and temporary facilities were also erected. Athens therefore turns out to be a turning point in the urban and planning strategy of the cities that host the Olympic Games. Although the mistakes made there have cost and still cost the Greeks a lot, perhaps thanks to them, the IOC and subsequent cities understood that the organization of such a great event is intended primarily for the benefit of the inhabitants, only then for the country and its image.

I would like to submit my work to Palgrave Macmillan Mega Event Planning Pivot series.

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Adam Omorczyk

University of Silesia in Katowice

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Adam Omorczyk

University of Silesia in Katowice

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1. Mega-events and mega-projects: trends and demands

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6. Urban policies

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