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NL 2028
NL 2028

This sounds like a very interesting exhibition:

What would it mean to the Netherlands if we were to organize the Olympic Games in 2028? How do you ensure that the stadiums used for the Games can still have a proper function afterwards? How do you organize the infrastructure and mobility for the Games? Do you combine all the functions in a single building, or do you spread the Games throughout the country?

MVRDV (in collaboration with the Academy of Architecture Rotterdam and the Berlage Institute) investigated the feasibility and the spatial chances of the 2028 Olympic Games in the Netherlands. Themes such as climate change, water management and energy production were connected in various ways with solutions for stadiums, infrastructure and accommodation for athletes.

If you don't find yourself nowhere near the Netherlands before the exhibition ends in September 21, you can purchase the book.

We also have a proposal.

  • rakatko
  • June 13, 2008 at 1:05:00 PM CDT
  • a few difficulties:
    cyclist ramping off the velodrome edge and landing in the middle of a women's volleyball game. shame..those are nice composite alloy fixies.

    an errant spike in the women's volleyball game maiming a line judge in the mixed tennis double's game happening below.

    i could go on.


    a celebration of synthetic turf surfaces, or hyper lightweight soils to allow for cantilevering an entire soccer field.

    a flat file for entire sports fields? make sure you drop the foul poles on the baseball field before you slide it in!

    shouldn't you just stay at home? seems you'd be so far away from the games (are those pixels really people?) it would require every seat to have a flat panel with 10-15 channels and/or PIP plus headphones for commentary (in how many languages?). the 42 inch plasma is probably cheaper than airfare and olympic tickets anyway.

  • Anonymous
  • June 16, 2008 at 8:55:00 AM CDT
  • Channel surfing made manifest, or, 'affordable' for those who can't afford a dozen screens?

    Maybe homeless could sleep in the seats after.

  • Alexander Trevi
  • June 16, 2008 at 2:10:00 PM CDT
  • Hey dilettante,

    Your comment makes me wonder if the politics of a Dutch bid is similar to London's eventual winning bid, which has received some doubts as to whether the Olympics will actually help the depressed areas of East London or will encourage disenfranchisement.

    Or to Rio de Janeiro's bid, i.e., if NL has favelas, which, by many accounts, need more pressing attention than a 2-week festival whose legacy on host cities is somewhat spotty.

    By c. 2021, when aspiring cities would be competing for the 2028 games, will economic disparities around the country be so minimal as to be of nearly inconsequential design consideration?

    Rhetorically speaking, are there homeless people in the Netherlands?

    Obviously I have not seen the exhibition nor purchased the book nor keep abreast of NL's GDP but I'll take a wild guess and say that this proposal is really for a Dutch Utopia.

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