Beijing Grapples with Games Legacy Four Years On

On May 8, 2012 by Design China

Four years after Bei­jing hosted a spec­tac­u­lar sum­mer Olympics, China’s bustling cap­i­tal sees vastly improved pub­lic trans­port and infra­struc­ture, but many of the venues built for the event lan­guish unloved, under­used and drain­ing pub­lic finances.

The jew­els in the crown were two architecturally-stunning build­ings — the main Bird’s Nest sta­dium and the Water Cube aquat­ics cen­ter, described by Inter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee Pres­i­dent Jacques Rogge as ‘beau­ti­ful’ and ‘unprece­dented’. Yet today both places are bet­ter known for the steady stream of curi­ous tourists they attract rather than as loca­tions for major sport­ing events”. Con­tinue read­ing.

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