Sunday, October 23, 2011
Both the Olympic village and stadium can be viewed as megastructures that create a condition of microurbanity, a city-within-a-city. Their dominant role is in collective assembly: bringing people together from different nationalities focused on a common goal. After the games vacate the city, however, this imperative is lost. With people such as Michael Sorkin, Richard Sennett, and Don Mitchell predicting the death of urban public space, the question arises as to how Olympic infrastructure can be projectively designed to account for the new role of telematics in collective assembly, restructuring perception and sensation through edges of communication - a local identity with global span.