Olympic Cities: 2012 and the Remaking of London

Although published as part of Ashgate&rsquo,s &lsquo,Design and the Built Environment&rsquo, series, this edited collection covers much more than just these two aspects of Olympic cities and ranges much wider than 2012. There are 18 chapters here, split across three substantive sections: The modern games and social change, Olympic cities and London 2012. In these three sections we are presented with contemporary research into the historical development of the Games, a number of perspectives on the relationship between the Olympics and urban development and throughout there is a strong focus on the legacy of hosting the world&rsquo,s largest media event. Many of the chapters in this book are based on case-studies of previous host cities, supplying valuable evidence for the arguments in favour of becoming a host city, as well as providing ammunition for 2012&rsquo,s critics with concerns about sustainability, economic impacts and social change. London 2012 was won on promise of a legacy of positive change for the most deprived areas of East London and the research collected here helps us to understand the scale of this commitment, with chapters on Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, as well some early looks at the impacts of Beijing 2008. The final section is focused on London 2012 and supplies an excellent overview of the development of the London games so far. There is little in this book that directly addresses the tourism sector, but by bringing together a diversity of perspectives on the relationship between hosting the games and urban development in one volume, it forms an excellent resource for anyone trying to understand how and why we got to where we are today in East London and the regeneration potential of a successful Games in 2012.