Special Issue "Mega Events and Urban Memory"

A special issue of Urban Science (ISSN 2413-8851).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021) | Viewed by 5308

Special Issue Editors

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture (DICAAR), University of Cagliari, via Marengo 3, 09123 Cagliari, Italy
Interests: urban and regional planning; cultural heritage; urban governance and urban policies; urban governance and urban policies (hard and soft); sport in the city
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Prof. Dr. Maurizio Carta
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Polytechnic School, Department of Architecture Department of Economics, Business, University of Palermo, Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, ed. 14, Palermo, Italy
Interests: urbanism; planning; architecture; creative cities; cultural heritage; urban regeneration; local cultural district; city future; urban policies; waterfront
School of Engineering, University of Basilicata, 85100 Potenza, Italy
Interests: spatial planning; spatial simulation; geodemographics; urban modelling; geocomputation; urban simulation models; planning environmental studies on climate change
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Department of Civil Engineering Sciences and Architecture (DiCAR), Polytechnic University of Bari, Via Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy
Interests: real estate and urban economics; urban management; decision support systems in spatial planning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cities represent the places where humans carry on their activities, with urbanization as a process characterizing the 21st century. Big events are therefore also taking place in cities: if on one side this phenomenon had a massive impulse from the 19th century, on the other side its origins are well-rooted in ancient times. Mega events in cities are relatively recent. We can in fact recall the Expos and the Modern Olympic Games from the end of the 19th century, together with the FIFA World Cup from the first half of the 20th Century, while games in stadiums in ancient Rome and Olympics in Greece date back many centuries, with similar aims of entertaining, amazing, resolving social, economic, and political issues.? Mega Events, as phenomena taking place in a limited amount of time and space, are tightly linked to cities (as the European city of culture and sport), often proposing temporary structures, solutions, and opportunities for gathering and exchanging ideas and knowledge. However, often temporariness has transformed into persistency: The Eiffel Tower in Paris and Jeff Koons’ Puppy in Bilbao are just two examples (respectively at the beginning and end of the 20th century) of temporary landmarks becoming permanent ones. In a broader sense, Mega Events deal also with massive and disruptive occasions, as epidemics, wars, natural and socio-economic disasters. The Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is one example of that, posing threats and challenges to cities and on how we will deal with the physical fabrics and immaterial elements of urban spaces.

This Special Issue descends from that background, and a set of questions arise, covering all the different realms of study dealing with cities: from geography to planning, from sociology to economics and business, from anthropology to ecology, and from philosophy to mathematics and physics. What are the relics of past mega events in cities? How they did survive? Did they change the use and perception of cities? What are mega events now? Is there still a place for them in urban areas? How does temporary become permanent, and permanent temporary? This Special Issue is intended for scholars and practitioners willing to exchange ideas and experiences on case studies or on theoretical and methodological issues addressing the impacts and challenges of mega events on cities.

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Borruso
Prof. Dr. Ginevra Balletto
Prof. Dr. Maurizio Carta
Prof. Dr. Beniamino Murgante
Prof. Dr. Carmelo Torre
Guest Editors

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  • cities
  • mega events
  • urban planning
  • regional planning
  • urban memory
  • architecture for exhibitions
  • architecture urban regeneration
  • impact assessment of mega events: gentrification
  • sports districts
  • cost benefit analysis
  • value creation
  • capital budgeting
  • urban mobility
  • pandemics
  • covid-19
  • coronavirus
  • resilience

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The Cultural Legacy of a Major Event: A Case Study of the 2008 European Capital of Culture, Liverpool
Urban Sci. 2019, 3(3), 79; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci3030079 - 26 Jul 2019
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Cultural legacy is a relatively neglected theme in event and sustainability studies, compared to economic or physical legacies with solid evidence. This article focuses on the experience of Liverpool as the 2008 European Capital of Culture. An evaluation ten years on can provide [...] Read more.
Cultural legacy is a relatively neglected theme in event and sustainability studies, compared to economic or physical legacies with solid evidence. This article focuses on the experience of Liverpool as the 2008 European Capital of Culture. An evaluation ten years on can provide the basis for research on the long-term cultural legacy of a major event, as well as how to achieve sustainability through legacy planning. Five dimensions of cultural legacy are explored, including: Cultural agency and strategies, cultural network, cultural provision, cultural engagement, and cultural image. The results of the study show that the spill-over effect of culture can be achieved through thorough legacy planning. The most important lesson learned from Liverpool is to integrate the event into the city’s long-term and culture-led development, which yields a healthy and productive cultural climate. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mega Events and Urban Memory)
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