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Between Discourse and Reality: The Un-Sustainability of Mega-Event Planning

Escola de Pós-Graduação em Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Passo da Pátria 156, Bloco D, Sala 541, São Domingos, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro 24201-240, Brasil
Sustainability 2013, 5(9), 3926-3940;
Received: 22 July 2013 / Revised: 28 August 2013 / Accepted: 5 September 2013 / Published: 16 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Mega-Events)
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The zero-sum nature of mega-event hosting encourages cities to escalate investment with an eye towards convincing event rights holders that a positive outcome will result. The discursive frameworks of “legacy” and “sustainability”, the global competition to attract events and the compressed event horizon make for mega-event preparation regimes that may seriously compromise long-term urban planning agendas in mega-event hosts. By examining the sustainable urban planning literature, the discursive frameworks of sustainability in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the discursive framing of the Rio 2016 bid, this paper will examine the Olympic Golf project being implemented in Rio de Janeiro. Through this case study the paper argues that unless mega-event rights holders change their candidacy and selection processes, these events will inevitably be detrimental to their hosts. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; discourse; sports-mega events; urban planning; Rio de Janeiro sustainability; discourse; sports-mega events; urban planning; Rio de Janeiro
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Gaffney, C. Between Discourse and Reality: The Un-Sustainability of Mega-Event Planning. Sustainability 2013, 5, 3926-3940.

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