|Posted by Andre Enrico on April 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
Had Chicago won the 2016 Summer Olympics, as many people in the city once felt certain it would, the region would be roughly at the halfway point now in preparations for the Games. Chicago would be constructing an 80,000-seat stadium on the South Side that could later be converted into a permanent (and much smaller) neighborhood asset. It would be redeveloping the area around the closed Michael Reese Hospital, connecting the street grid there for a walkable Olympic Village. It would be remodeling the downtown waterfront for use as a rowing venue. It’s interesting to look at all of these shelved plans now, three-and-a-half years after the International Olympic Committee gave Chicago’s Games instead to Rio de Janeiro. Several dozen local architecture, planning, engineering and consulting firms spent more than three years sketching out proposals for the Olympics the city hoped to hold, all in an effort to bring that hypothetical to life for the IOC. Then nearly all of that work ceased to be relevant the morning of Oct. 2, 2009.
We often ask what Olympic cities really get in return for all the money, energy, and construction chaos invested in hosting the world’s largest sporting event. But the story of cities that vie for but never win the Games raises a different question. “What does putting together a bid that is unsuccessful leave you?” asks Sean Kinzie, an associate director with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago who worked full-time for three-and-a-half years on plans for some of the city’s hopeful Olympic venues. He then pauses before fielding his own question. “I’m not sure I know the answer.”
Kinzie pulled out all of those old architectural slides over the weekend – still with captions written in that hopeful future tense – for a panel on Olympic legacies at the American Planning Association’s annual conference. Chicago is hosting the planning confab this week (the city may not have won the Olympics, but it got the APA!), and so it made sense to include Chicago in any talk of Olympic urban transformation. Kinzie, though, wound up awkwardly wedged with his unrealized Olympics between a speaker from London, which actually hosted the event, and another from Rio, which will.
|Posted by Andre Enrico on December 13, 2012 at 6:55 PM||comments (1)|
10º Arena Pernambuco - Recife (Pernambuco, Brasil) - Capacidade: 46.000
9º Allianz Arena - Munique (Alemanha) - Capacidade: 71.137
8º Juventus Arena - Turim (Piemonte, Itália) - Capacidade: 41.000
7º Arena São Paulo - São Paulo (Brasil) - Capacidade: 68.000
6º Arena das Dunas - Natal (Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil) - Capacidade: 42.623
5º Arena Amazônia - Manaus (Amazonas, Brasil) - Capacidade: 44.310
4º Doha Port Stadium - Doha (Catar) - Capacidade: 45.000
3º Estádio Nacional Lusail - Doha (Catar) - Capacidade: 86.250
2º Estádio Omnilife - Zapopan - (Jalisco, México) - Capacidade: 49.850
1º Estádio de Kaliningrado - Kaliningrado (Rússia) - Capacidade: 45.015
|Posted by Andre Enrico on January 23, 2012 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|