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September 18, 2010, 5am PDT
Tourists can get a close-up look at the transformation of a formerly depressed part of East London into what will be the site of one of the world's largest spectacles when it hosts the 2012 Olympics.
The New York Times
September 15, 2010, 12pm PDT
The 2004 Olympics in Athens burdened the city with underutilized venues and deep debt. But the event also vastly improved pedestrian and public transportation.
Next American City
September 11, 2010, 9am PDT
With the next World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics on their way, Rio de Janeiro is in the midst of a vast citywide regeneration campaign.
Smithsonian Magazine
July 13, 2010, 7am PDT
As Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, its cities are trying to improve their public transit systems.
The City Fix
July 12, 2010, 10am PDT
Officials in South Africa say the country's successful hosting of the 2010 World Cup positions it to be a viable host for the Olympics.
July 6, 2010, 7am PDT
Officials in London have announced a plan to link the city's 2012 Olympics venues through a system of cable cars.
June 24, 2010, 8am PDT
To ensure its longevity, developers of London's Olympic Park have made integration of its facilities into a larger urban renewal plan a priority.
June 14, 2010, 10am PDT
The relatively tropical seaside resort of Sochi, Russia will play host to the 2014 Winter Olympics. But building the infrastructure to support those games has become a major challenge for officials.
The Vancouver Sun
June 10, 2010, 9am PDT
As it prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, there's room to grow in Brazil's architecture and design communities.
June 8, 2010, 10am PDT
The 2012 Summer Olympics have been promised by organizers to be the greenest Olympics in the event's history. But can they live up to that standard?
Fast Company
June 1, 2010, 3pm PDT
As London prepares for its 2012 Games, already over budget, new studies are being released indicating that no specific benefits come to cities hosting major sporting events.
The Telegraph
April 6, 2010, 12pm PDT
During the 17 days of the Winter Olympics, Vancouver significantly beefed up its transit offerings and reduced lanes for automobiles. Did the experiment work, and what would happen if these temporary changes were made permanent?
re:place Magazine
Blog post
April 5, 2010, 8am PDT

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and Paralympics are over now. City Planner Brent Toderian described in a recent Planetizen blog how the event showcased Vancouver’s Urbanism, including the quality of its neighborhoods, streets and public transit system, and the delight of a shared community experience.

Todd Litman
March 24, 2010, 8am PDT
The Olympics can be a huge boon for cities -- in terms of international attention, physical legacies and infrastructural development. But they can also be a huge risk. This piece from <em>Finance and Development</em> looks at the pros and cons.
Finance and Development
February 28, 2010, 1pm PST
The Olympics have ended in Vancouver, but their costs live on.
The New York Times
Blog post
February 25, 2010, 4pm PST

Among the countless stories being written on the successes and challenges of these 2010 Olympic Winter Games, not surprisingly the most interesting stories to me are those that speak to the challenges of great urbanism. As a host city, Vancouver has become a massive urban laboratory, with so many opportunities to learn, and we’re soaking it all up.

As we are coming to the end of the final week, a few examples of big experiments and learnings come to mind.

Brent Toderian
February 23, 2010, 10am PST
Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for town planning were at the 1928 and 1932 Olympics, along with architecture, sculpture, painting, music and literature.
The New York Times
February 20, 2010, 1pm PST
This post from <em>Next American City</em> looks at Vancouver's homelessness problem and the public outreach effort underway to bring attention and solutions to the problem.
Next American City
February 17, 2010, 5am PST
This piece from <em>Fast Company</em> looks at the legacy that will remain in Vancouver after the Olympics are over.
Fast Company
February 12, 2010, 1pm PST
As the Winter Olympics kick off in Vancouver, the city has been named the world's "most livable city".