The Beijing Olympics were the most expensive Olympics games in history costing £22 billion, three times more than its predecessor Athens. With china becoming an increasingly influential power in world commerce and trade, the Olympics were a stage to exhibit china’s competence to compete with world powers. The preparation for the event progressed over a number of years and involved actors from a broad spectrum of backgrounds from across the world.

The website has been created to relate a coherent overview of the occurrences and their effects as the Olympic Games unfolded. A full PEST analysis has been carried out, and mapped to display Actors involved, Archived controversies and specific topical analysis for Politics, Economics, Social and Technological factors.

A wide range of methodologies has been used to gain information, such as viewpoints of visitors and participants to the events. Multinational organisations and committees as well as individuals involved in the co-ordination.

To allow for an entertaining and interactive website a variety of media has been used to represent the knowledge acquired about the controversies.

Facts and figures

— At £22 billion, the Beijing Games will be the most expensive (three times more than Athens)
— 40m flower pots have been ordered
— The ministry of culture and ideological progress has distributed 50,000 packets of tissues. Anyone spitting will be fined £3.50
— To improve air quality, officials created a forest next to the venues
— 90,000 taxi drivers have had “Olympic English” training
— The opening ceremony will cost £151m and feature more than 10,000 performers
— 10,000 athletes, 70,000 Chinese volunteers, 20,000 journalists and more than 80 heads of state will attend
— 7m tickets have been sold
china consume 54.7% of the concrete and 36.1% of the steel produced in the world, according to a 2004 report by Architectural Record (may 21 2006 article from nytimes)


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