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06 May 2001
IOC News , Press Release


Lausanne, 6 May 2001 - The first conference organised jointly by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Union of Architects (UIA) on the theme “Olympic Games and Architecture – the future for host cities” Cities (including lessons from the Sydney Olympics) was held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 5-6 May 2001. 170 delegates from 30 countries attended the conference.

The conference reached the following conclusions:

The UIA, the IOC and other sections of the Olympic Movement such as bid and host cities, International Federations and public authorities should work together and improve guidelines and information so:

A better concept, understanding, integration and refinement of the particular requirements, desires and concerns of all parties is achieved.
More specific guidelines, standards and aims are developed in regard to city masterplans, Games concepts and facilities.
There is necessary input from architects, planners, managers and other stakeholders at the earliest possible stage.
Agenda 21 and sustainable development (social, financial, ecological and physical) considerations are fully taken into account in location, planning, design and construction of facilities.
The progress already made in understanding and achieving a proper balance and integration between best use of existing, new and temporary facilities or features (considering, especially, after-use and sustainability) is maintained.
The compatibility of architectural quality and functionality is achieved in permanent and temporary facilities.
There is maximum consideration of the short and long-term needs of a city in conjunction with Games requirements and the effects of Games on development and demand.
Legacies and sustainability are maximised through facilities, including temporary facilities.
The unique opportunity a Games provides to enhance and regenerate cities, and to bring all governmental, planning, design, management and use elements and personnel together and to integrate those elements, in long-term concepts and city and regional planning is fully taken up.
The Games is a catalyst for new solutions, including environmental solutions, in design and technology.

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