Olympic Park

Olympic Parks demand a very distinctive built environment in order to function for their primary purpose, namely to host major sporting competitions. These spaces, however, require substantial reconfiguration in the post-event mode to ensure viable, mixed use and liveable places. Without such a transformation, the legacy prospects for an Olympic Park can be to remain nothing more than a ‘ruptured space’ within the urban fabric of the host city. This research project investigated the approaches employed to secure a transition from spaces designed for a short-term mega event into successful long-term uses and represented an important contribution to the understanding of legacy design and planning. This work was undertaken with Renata Latuf de Oliveira Sanchez, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of São Paulo.


SANCHEZ, R. & ESSEX, S. (2018) The challenge of urban design in securing post-event legacies of Olympic Parks, Journal of Urban Design, 23 (2), pp.278-297. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2017.1395690.   

SANCHEZ, R. & ESSEX, S. (2017) Architecture and Urban Design: The Shaping of Rio 2016 Olympic Legacies, in Zimbalist, A. (Ed.) Rio 2016: Olympic Myths and hard realities, Brookings Institution Press, Washington DC, pp.97-120. ISBN: 9780815732457 

BROWN, G., ESSEX, S., ASSAKER, G. & SMITH, A. (2017) Event satisfaction and behavioural intentions: examining the impact of the London 2012 Olympic Games on participation in sport, European Sport Management Quarterly, 17 (3), 331-348. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16184742.2017.1294193