|M.Sc Thesis||Department of Architecture and Town Planning|
|Supervisors:||Prof. Emeritus Burt Michael|
|Assoc. Prof. Rosenfeld Yehiel|
|Full Thesis text|
This research paper presents a novel concept for organizing the hosting of the Olympic Games and other mega sport events in a more rationalized and economical manner.
According to the current practice the hosting country is required to put enormous investments into a “once in a lifetime” event and afterwards it remains stuck with many expensive and underutilized facilities. For most of the world countries these required investments turn out to be prohibitive.
The central idea of this study is development, feasibility examination and designing of a modern, state-of the-art Olympic complex which is based on a number of floating transportable platforms, and can move or be moved across oceans and seas. The Floating Array - Stadium included - is supposed to be rented to the interested authorities and countries, which have no need in the building of a new sport complex (or do not have the needed finances to invest). Thus the nations or bodies which cannot carry out a hosting of a big event by themselves because of the expenditure reasons will get a chance to do it.
The proposed floating array of facilities might include the following:
§ The Central Stadium, equipped to serve up to 150.000 spectators with main and spare multi-functional pitches and perimeter running tracks; including a Media Center;
§ Auxiliary Sport Facilities Module, for various branches of sport, water sports included;
§ The “Olympic Village” and visitors accommodations; an urban module(s) with all the servicing and infrastructures;
§ “Sport University Campus”, with all the required facilities and infrastructures; the module could be integrated with accommodations for staff and their families.
In between the mega sport events - as The Olympiads - The Modular Olympic Complex will be as multipurpose as possible - it will host all kinds of entertainment and public activities such as other sport events, concerts, fairs, exhibitions, conferences etc.
All the modules, although independent and self-contained, while en-route, can join to form an interrelated platform archipelago when moored in the proximity of the coast, bound and connected together by foot-bridges (solved to cope with the relative quiver) to produce a multifunctional, complementary urban and working environment.