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Regional character in International construction: A case study for Olympic Architecture and Engineering


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As the size and scale of the summer Olympic Games proliferated over the 20th Century, there has arisen a dilemma, in representing regionalism, nationalism and globalism in Olympic architecture. This paper examines, how regional and international characteristics of design impact upon the resultant architectural legacies of the Games, scrutinizing how the language of design is conceptualized with global or local properties; to act as an iconic monument to the event, whilst contributing to the local community and connecting with the historic evolution of the city. Whilst it seems that some of the works examined in this article, in spite of their international success, managed to keep what can be defined as a ‘Regional character’, distinctive of a particular culture in terms of architectonic language and technological resources; this quality seems to be lost in recent editions of the Games and represents one of the challenges to the next Olympic Cities.

Keywords: Distinctiveness; Globalisation; Identity; Nervi Calatrava; Regional character; Summer Olympic Games

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Northumbria University Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, Email: [email protected] 2: Northumbria University, Department of Architecture and BE

Publication date: September 26, 2016

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