Mega sport events and spatial management: Zoning space across Rio’s 2016 Olympic city

David McGillivray, Mike Duignan, Eduardo Mielke

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Hosting the Olympic Games demands the efficient and effective sequestration of public space across the city to stage official sports, cultural, and commercial activity. Specifically, this paper examines how fast-tracked urban development processes create exclusive, commercial enclaves to maximise leverageable benefits for external actors. We focus on the case of Rio 2016, drawing on: i) observations across the city and event zones, including Live Site, Last Mile, and transit spaces, ii) interviews with key event, policy and visitor economy stakeholders, iii) documentary analysis of Rio’s plans and promises outlined in official bid documentation, and iv) supplementary sources documenting Olympic planning effects. Our findings illustrate how the legal power of the Host City Contract and highly-circumscribed Olympic regulations create the conditions for managing urban space that enables the circulation of visitor flows to - and the containment of consumption within - newly privatised, temporarily constructed urban zones that favour global interests.
LanguageEnglish
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JournalAnnals of Leisure Research
Volume(In-press)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Feb 2019

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Keywords

  • Mega sport events
  • Spatial management
  • Visitor economy
  • Event zones
  • Visitor circulation and containment
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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Mega sport events and spatial management: Zoning space across Rio’s 2016 Olympic city. / McGillivray, David; Duignan, Mike; Mielke, Eduardo.

In: Annals of Leisure Research, Vol. (In-press), 01.02.2019, p. (In-press).

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McGillivray, David ; Duignan, Mike ; Mielke, Eduardo. / Mega sport events and spatial management: Zoning space across Rio’s 2016 Olympic city. In: Annals of Leisure Research. 2019 ; Vol. (In-press). pp. (In-press).
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