The Olympic City

In a project that will be of paramount interest to Londoners in 2013, director Gary Hustwit (Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized) has been working with photographer Jon Pack to document the legacy of the Olympic Games in former host cities.

Olympic mascot pile-up in Beijing

Source: Gary Hustwit and Jon Pack

Olympic mascot pile-up in Beijing

As well as visiting London to document our post-2012 comedown, the pair has also visited Athens, Beijing, Barcelona and Moscow, among other Olympian cities, for the Olympic City project.

The Olympic Village in Rome

Source: Gary Hustwit and Jon Pack

The Olympic Village in Rome

On their travels, Hustwit and Pack have discovered Olympic sites that have sat unused for decades, some that are still being used and some that have been retrofitted and turned into houses, malls, churches – even prisons.

The Igman Olympic ski jumps in Sarajevo

Source: Gary Hustwit and Jon Pack

The Igman Olympic ski jumps in Sarajevo

The Olympic City project is now being developed into a book, featuring around 200 photos and a foreword from New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman.

Found photo at Beijing's Olympic Green

Source: Gary Hustwit and Jon Pack

Found photo at Beijing’s Olympic Green

Designed by Paul Sahre, the hardcover book is available in a limited run of 1000 copies.

The Olympic stadium in Helsinki

Source: Gary Hustwit and Jon Pack

The Olympic stadium in Helsinki

Photos from the Olympic City project are also going on show at PowerHouse Arena in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York, from 21 June-10 July.

Ben's narrowboat, London

Source: Gary Hustwit and Jon Pack

Ben’s narrowboat, London

For more information and to pre-order the Olympic City book, visit olympiccityproject.com.

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