|THE GAMES SHOW: AUSTRALIA 2000|
Peter Hyatt, Davina Jackson, Philip Drew, Leon Paroissien. Jennifer and Peter Hyatt, $27.90.
This collection of Olympic buildings, athletes, advertisements and eclectic groovy-retro graphics adds up to an unusual publication, which seems to encapsulate the competing agendas at play in the Games themselves. Neither book nor magazine, this is an affordable souvenir edition designed to be sold on newsstands as well as in bookshops. Peter Hyatt, along with Davina Jackson and Philip Drew, provides the architectural comment while Leon Paroissien outlines the public art projects, but the athletes get to have a say too - and sometimes to be pictured in the buildings. The title invites a certain ironic attitude, but it also signals an attempt to capture the event, as well as the buildings. Bridget Smythe, Director of Urban Design at the OCA, writes, in the foreword, that cities must use the staging of Olympic Games to "make concrete nationally held values". She argues that it is the ensemble of buildings, public spaces and landscape - not individual isolated architectural endeavours - which identify a national image. While this publication presents the projects as discrete works, it also goes a step further. By pulling the athletes, advertising and some gratuitous graphics into the picture it presents another version of the Australian Olympic event
Notices by Justine Clark.
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