Urban Mega-Events in the 21st century city: variations on the Barcelona experience

Author/s Francesc Muñoz
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/96 Language Italian
Pages 26 P. 46-71 File size 256 KB
DOI 10.3280/SUR2011-096004
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The essay discusses new roles for urban mega-events dealing with the production of cityscapes to be globally consumed as branded urban images, contributing to what the author names as ‘urbanalisation’. Firstly, a general explanation on mega-events during the XXth Century is suggested. Secondly, main changes regarding the role of urban mega-events at the present moment are explored. Finally, critical analysis of Barcelona urban policies are presented for the illustration of these hypothesis.

Keywords: Urban geography, ‘urbanalisation’, urban mega-event, Olympic urbanism, urban policies, globalization

Francesc Muñoz, I grandi eventi nella città del XXI secolo: variazioni sull'esperienza di Barcellona in "SOCIOLOGIA URBANA E RURALE" 96/2011, pp 46-71, DOI: 10.3280/SUR2011-096004