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John R. Gold & Margaret M. Gold

In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies

Chapter 32: Olympic Futures and Urban Imaginings: from Albertopolis to Olympicopolis

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Olympic Futures and Urban Imaginings: from Albertopolis to Olympicopolis
Olympic Futures and Urban Imaginings: from Albertopolis to Olympicopolis
John R. GoldMargaret M. Gold

On 15 October 1851, the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations shut its doors in London's Hyde Park. It had been a resounding success, attracting more than six million visitors during the 141 days that it was open. It also proved to have an impact that belied its short life. Widely regarded by historians as a ‘pre-eminent symbol of the Victorian age’ (Auerbach, 1999: 1), the Great Exhibition was the progenitor of a long series of events – usually referred to either as International Expositions or World's Fairs – that continued through to Expo Milano 2015 and beyond, with ...

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