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Olympic Urbanism: From Rome to Rio (April 18)

When: Wed., Apr. 18, 2012, 4 p.m.

Where: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Radcliffe Gymnasium – 10 Garden Street, Cambridge MA [map]

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study presents Judith Grant Long, 2011–12 Joy Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard Graduate School of Design, who will present her lecture: “Olympic Urbanism: From Rome to Rio.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 617.495.8212.

Speaker’s bio: (from Radcliffe.edu)

Judith Grant Long (photo by Tony Rinaldo, courtesy of Radcliffe.edu)

Judith Grant Long is an associate professor of urban planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where her research examines the intersection of infrastructure and urbanism. Long is an internationally recognized expert on planning for sports and tourism infrastructure.

Her forthcoming book, Public-Private Partnerships for Major League Sports Facilities (Routledge), examines the financial arrangements of more than 100 ballparks, stadiums, and arenas and shows how host cities pay far more to subsidize these facilities than is commonly understood.

At Radcliffe, Long will complete another book project, titled “Olympic Urbanism: From Rome to Rio,” which analyzes the claim that the Olympics Games are a catalyst for urban redevelopment on the basis of fieldwork in 15 host cities, including Rome (1960) and Rio de Janeiro (2016). The book compares host-city aspirations for consequent urban redevelopment, as revealed in bid packages and other planning documents, with the actual physical outcomes evident in the postgames use of sports venues, athletes’ villages, and ceremonial parks, along with the transportation, media, and security networks built to accommodate the games.

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