During the Event

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

New Stadium in Porto Alegre





The existitng stadium in Porto Alegre is getting
renovated for the upcoming games. A new roof
structure is planned to be built off site and then
pieced together. Within the roof, box seats will
have clear views of the field. Facilities are
also being modernized and on the riverfront side,
restaurants and a museum/store are being constructed.
The city is also taking advantage of the games as an
opportunity to revamp the riverfront. They are constructing
hotels that will serve for the World Cup
and for the city afterwards. They are building a
massive parking garage with a park on top. The garage
will be used by the citizens who are using the
stadium, the mall, and other nearby facilities. The
city is also working to build a train line that runs
into the park that will be sustainable. The design
will help revitalize that part of the city.

Porto Alegre Stadium






Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Munich Olympic Park

The decision to host the 1972 Olympics gave
Munich the opportunity to redevelop the
Oberwiesenfeld area. It had been used as
an airfield up until 1939 when the Munich-
Riem airport opened. The area became largely
idle despite the Nazi plans to have the
area serve as the central slaughterhouse
and marketplace. The goal was to completely
dissociate the Munich Olympics from the
Berlin games. The games were to show a
changed Germany to the world.
The Munich games are one of the first
examples of a city purposely using the
Olympics as a chance to fulfill local needs
and provide for subsequent use. There was
also a large effort made in the design of
the complex to “make it more objective
and to underline the authoritative role
of the architect.” After the games, the
Olympiapark became a recreational park
for the surrounding neighborhoods. The
park’s Olympia Tower and the large tent roof
structure help to make the park an alluring
tourist attraction.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

One Day in September

The 1972 Olympic Games were overshadowed by what is now
referred to as the Munich Massacre. On September 5th, eight
Palestinian guerrillas kidnapped eleven Israeli athletes,
coaches and officials and held them hostage in their Olympic
Village apartments. Two of the hostages initially resisted
and were killed. Later that evening, the terrorists and their
hostages boarded a helicopter bound for a military airport.
The German authorities planned to ambush them there but under
estimated the number of terrorists and failed in their attempt.
Four of the hostages were shot and then blown up in the
helicopter by a Palestinian grenade. The remaining five were
gunned down by another terrorist. Three of the Palestinians
survived the event and were imprisoned. In October, they
were exchanged for a Lufthansa jet. Reportedly, the Mossad
successfully hunted down two of terrorists. The games resumed
on September 6th.

The movie by Kevin MacDonald, "One Day in September", covers this event and has interviews with a wife of one of the athletes as well as the last surviving terrorist.  It also shows the footage from the event.

Friday, September 16th, 2011

During and After Pictures from the 1936 Berlin Olympics

The link is to a site that has many images of the infrastructure built for the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  The images show the conditions of the structures as they existed for the games and as they exist now.   The stadium has gone through a few phases of redevelopment, but most of the buildings only exist for the guided tour.  The bell from the original bell tower is now displayed in the Maifield and the Swastika was removed from the tower during the stadium’s denazification that occurred during its British occupation.  Other links from the main page show the changes in other cities before and after the Nazi party took power.  After WWI, Germany wanted to have a renaissance to reunite their country and looked to the Greeks for inspiration causing a lot of the buildings to have an ancient Greek influence.

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Olympia – Video of the 1936 Berlin Olympics

The film by Leni Riefenstahl documents the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  It was split into two parts: “Festival of Nations” and “Festival of Beauty”.  It was the first documentary film on the Olympics and introduced new techniques of how to film sports.  Unusual camera angles, extreme close-ups and camera tracks in the stadium to view the crowd were groundbreaking advances in the film industry.  The Berlin Games were the first games to have the Olympic Torch relay and though the film itself is controversial due to the political nature of the time and the games, the advancements in technology and in the Olympics itself, helps to make the 1936 Olympics truly standout.

Leni Riefenstahl is best known for her film “The Triumph of the Will” which was a Nazi propaganda film.  Her friendship with Hitler negatively impacted her career as a film director though some critics say that she is one of the greatest female filmmakers of the 20th century.

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