36th AESOP Annual Congress 2024 Paris, France
“GAME CHANGER? Planning for just and sustainable urban regions”

Roundtable 02

Olympic Cities After Dark

Organizers :  

  • Andreina Seijas, Associate Professor, Gehl
  • Simone D’Antonio, Lead Expert, Cities After Dark, URBACT

Olympic cities are often highly desirable places to live that tend to have a higher cost of living than other urban areas. The need to invest in infrastructure to accommodate a large influx of athletes and visitors has a significant impact on the environment and the quality of life of those who live in these cities. Additionally, it can result in a considerable increment in the price of local amenities and services. Despite their short duration, these megaevents have long-lasting effects on urban security, transportation and accommodation. At night, the sensitivity to these impacts becomes even greater, due to noise and public nuisance such as traffic congestion, littering, and urination in public places. For  i instance, there were reports of muggings, robberies, and sexual assaults at night during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, residents also complained due tothe noise from night-time construction projects and celebrations.

In this context, what can Olympic cities do to counteract these negative effects and to take advantage of megaevents to create a more positive night-time experience for residents?

As one of the densest cities in Europe, Paris faces these and other challenges in preparation for the Summer Olympics of 2024. From mediation strategies to educational campaigns, speakers in this roundtable will discuss lessons learned from past host cities and strategies that Paris can implement to ensure that the 2024 Olympics become a successful platform for safety, inclusion, and sustainability not only during the day, but also during the night.

Keywords: Megaevents, social inclusion, urban night, night-time governance, mediation