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Olympic hubris

Original post made by ng, Hoover School, on Aug 12, 2008



Albert Speer's son helped design the architecture of the Beijing games. But the similarities with Berlin 1936 don't end there.

An interesting article from the UK Guardian.Web Link

----Indeed, by choosing Albert Speer Jr, the son of Hitler's favourite architect and the designer of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, to design the master plan for the Beijing games, China's government has itself alluded to the radical politicisation of aesthetics that was a hallmark of 20th century totalitarianism. Like those regimes, whether fascist or communist, China's leaders have sought to transform public space and sporting events into visible proof of their fitness and mandate to rule.

Speer Jr's commission was to lay out a master plan for the access to the Olympic complex in Beijing. His design centered on the construction of an imposing avenue to connect the Forbidden City and the National Stadium in which the opening ceremony will take place. His father's plan for "Germania", the name Hitler selected for the Berlin that he planned to construct after the second world war, also relied on such a mighty central axis. -----

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Posted by Peter S
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm



Fascinating story, his father, Albert, spent 20yrs in jail after the war for war crimes and always claimed that he did not know what was going on with the Nazis. He lived to a ripe old age and died peacefully in England.

Lucky fellow when you consider the other possibilities


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