From TORINO 2006 to BEIJING 2022 - PoliTOcomunica
From TORINO 2006
to BEIJING 2022
Conference Day | 26.01.2016
Politecnico di Torino |
Castello del Valentino | Salone d’Onore
An event promoted by:
Politecnico di Torino
In collaboration with:
City of Torino
Urban Center Metropolitano, Torino
Torino 2006 – Beijing 2022
Olympics and mountains
Experiences in comparison
Bridging knowledge between Olympic cities
A handover of skills towards a possible
Projects and management in the mountain
The organization of the XXth Winter Olympic Games in
2006 has been a paramount experience for Torino, whose
traditional and historic rapport with the mountains played
a fundamental role in the bidding construction.
A decade after the event,
the legacy of the Olympics
looks still significant; not
only because of the presence
of many important new
sports and accommodation
facilities within the city and
in the surrounding valleys,
but most of all because the
expertise and the skills that
have been implemented
during the organization of
the event still linger now as a
major patrimony of the local
administrative and technical
The close relationship between alpine and urban venues
has been a major character of the 2006 Winter Olympic
Games, which is grounded both on a strong relation
of the city with the alpine culture and on the will of
exploiting the Olympic event as an opportunity of local
development for the whole metropolitan area.
In this session this topic will be discussed among: the
key persons of the two institutions involved in the
organization of Torino’s and Beijing’s Winter Games,
the TOROC (Torino Organizing Committee) and
2022 Bid Committee; the TOP (Torino Olympic Park)
Foundation, which is now the manager of the Olympic
venues; the IAM (Institute of Alpine Architecture) of
the Politecnico, which is a local reference point for alpine
oriented research, and the University of Torino.
Besides the relevance of the territorial externalities,
the Olympic Games represent also clearly, for a local
territory, an important opportunity to improve its sports
and accommodation facilities, its infrastructures and its
The 2006 Winter Games
have brought in Torino and
in its mountains some major
new facilities, like the Ski
jumps, the Bobsleigh track,
the Olympic Palasport etc.;
some of them still maintain
their original function, but the
most of them were originally
designed to be used, after the
event, for other purposes,
which is a key concept of
the sustainable approach to a
Furthermore, in the Torino’s Games, a relatively new
system of evaluation – the VAS (Environmental Strategic
Evaluation) has been introduced to take into account
the overall territorial consequences of the expected
The experience of Torino 2006 shows that a big event,
like the Winter Olympic Games, could be conveniently
turned, from a temporary exceptional happening
limited to some specific sites, to a stable and structural
condition of further development for the wider area of a
Instead of creating a simple collection of eye-catching
and glamorous architectures scattered within the urban
fabric and the near valleys, the planning of Torino’s
Games invested since the beginning an intense effort in
creating a territorial strategy, strongly related both with
the urban transformations - that are radically changing
the city in the last decades - and with the development
policies of the entire Metropolitan Area.
Both Torino and Beijing have been in the recent past
Olympic Cities (in 2006 and 2008) and they have important
experience - that could be seen somehow complementary
- in the organization of big events. Now, after the victory
of Beijing’s bid for 2022 Winter Olympics, an ideal
connection could be created between the two cities, to
share their own experiences and expertise.
In this session the fundamentals of a possible
collaboration will be introduced by the Authorities
of: Metropolitan City of Torino, Piemonte Region,
Politecnico di Torino and Tsinghua University of Beijing.
During the session an agreement will be signed between
Politecnico di Torino and Tsinghua University of Beijing,
to support future cooperation activities.
h 11.00-12.30 a.m. Presentations on Torino 2006-Pechino
h 9.30 a.m. Official opening by the Rector of Politecnico
2022 (I part).
Chaired by the Director of the Department of Architecture
and Design, Paolo Mellano.
h 10.45 a.m. Signature of the agreement between Tsinghua
Dino Chiaia, Vice Rector for Internationalisation, Politecnico
Valentino Castellani, former president of TOROC.
Zhang Li, Tsinghua University.
Valter Marin, President of the Foundation Torino Olympic
Gianmaria Ajani, Rector of Università degli Studi di Torino.
di Torino, Marco Gilli; the Mayor of the City of Torino,
Piero Fassino; the President of the Piedmont Region, Sergio
Chiamparino; the Dean of the School of Architecture of
Tsinghua University, Zhuang Weimin.
University’s School of Architecture and the Department of
Architecture and Design of Politecnico di Torino, for the
collaboration on the Olympic sites.
h 12.30 a.m-1.30 p.m. Buffet lunch
In this session some experiences of excellence in the
north-west Alpine valleys, not necessarily linked to
the 2006 Olympic Games, will be presented together
with a short glance of the VAS procedure; with the
aim of feeding a profitable debate about the territorial
transformations in mountain territories.
h 1.30-3.00 p.m. Presentations on Torino 2006-Pechino
2022 (II part) and conclusions.
Chaired by the professors of the Joint Studio Gustavo
Ambrosini, Mauro Berta, Michele Bonino.
Antonio De Rossi, Roberto Dini, IAM (Istituto di Architettura
Gui Lin, Beijing 2022 Olympic Committee.
Ubaldo Prucker, Studio AT, designers of the Pragelato Ski Jump.
Rosanna Viola, CEIPiemonte - with COGEI and
Luigi Bistagnino, Marta Bottero, Roberto Pagani, Politecnico
The Joint Studio PoliTO-Tsinghua
The Joint Studio PoliTO-Tsinghua is a collaboration
program, aiming at developing common activities in
the area of higher education and research between the
Department of Architecture and Design of Politecnico
di Torino and the School of Architecture of Tsinghua
University in Beijing.
The first edition in 2008 had been focused on the
post-event reuse of some sports venues of 2008 Olympic
Games in Beijing. Joint Studio 2015, the fifth edition,
went back on Chinese Olympic topics, as China were one
of the two finalist candidates for 2022 Winter Olympic
Immediately after the final presentation of the JS 2015,
in July, China won the bid for the 2022 Olympics.
The venues have been planned in Beijing itself and in
Zhangjiakou, a popular skiing site located at 170 km
north of Beijing, in the Province of Hebei.
The objective of the 2015 studio was to develop a
design research on Olympics facilities as a long-term
sustainability item, in terms of environment, economics
and social impact. About twenty Chinese and Italian
students have jointly drawn some alternative masterplans
for Zhangjiakou Olympic Village.
The new 2016 edition of the Joint Studio was born in
coincidence with both the victory of Beijing’s bid and
the tenth anniversary of the Torino’s Games.
In the present edition the focus will be the reuse and
the improvement of the Olympic venues. The students
will work on two different sites in the Torino and in the
nearest mountains, and in July they will present their final
projects in Beijing.
Professors: Liu Jian, Zhang Li.
Politecnico di Torino
Professors: Gustavo Ambrosini, Mauro Berta, Michele Bonino.
Teaching Assistants: Marta Mancini, Davide Vero.