TRANSform Beijing 2008 -2018: A Photo Essay

The XXIX Olympiad hosted by Beijing (hereafter Beijing 2008) has been categorized, along with Tokyo (1964) and Montreal (1976) as “Games stimulating transformations of the built environ-ment” (Essex and Chalkley, 1998). From the per-spective of the Beijing government, Beijing 2008 would celebrate a Chinese renaissance, as well as contribute to a harmonious society, under the banner ‘One world, One Dream’. Less optimistic voices suggested that due to the number of new venues and the “greening up” of the city, Beijing 2008 would have a negative effect on local resi-dents through displacement, particularly for its poorest residents (Owne 2005:17). These com-peting discourses continued throughout the run-up to the games and still circulate today as the legacy of Beijing 2008 assumes its place in the daily life of the city and its residents.This photo essay offers a glimpse of the process of urban ‘regeneration’, which took place in one small corner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Park site.

Full article Visual Methodologies, Volume 6 (2018).

Part of the Olympic Park site, Beijing 2005
Part of the Olympic Park site, Beijing 2005