The Sustainability Gap: A Case Study of Olympic Development in Sydney, Australia and Beijing, China
Blaser, Andrea, 1983-
A media uproar occurred in 2006 after a wrecking ball flattened an Imperial-era hutong neighborhood in Beijing. While this kind of news story would often be ignored as just another example ofthe Chinese government destroying cultural history in the name of progress, the story of Qianmen had a new twist. Not only was Qianmen a protected heritage area under a 2002 Beijing Municipal Government Conservation Plan, but the destruction was said to have happened because ofthe upcoming 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Was the development of Qianmen in step with Olympic ideals and sustainable development? This thesis explores the sustainable development agenda of the International Olympic Committee, Agenda 21, in order to analyze the agenda, its impact in driving development policies in host cities Sydney, Australia and Beijing, China, and to what extent planners incorporated historic preservation into Olympic development policies in both cities.