Starting July 10 and extending to August 15, Toronto and its surrounding region will host the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games. The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games, only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games. The Games will also be the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in Canada, double the size of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
TORONTO 2015 will bring together 7,000 top athletes from 41 countries from across the Americas and the Caribbean to compete in 36 Pan Am sports and 15 Parapan Am sports. Cheering them on will be 20,000 volunteers and tens of thousands of spectators.
Central to the Games are the 33 competition venues, and multiple celebration/ceremonial venues, spread across 14 municipalities. These venues represent a significant investment in the sports and recreation infrastructure of Ontario, providing a long-lasting built legacy to the province far beyond the Games. Behind these venues and public spaces are large design and construction teams, including architects, intern architects, and architectural technologists, which make the Games possible. TORONTO 2015 will make use of a mixture of new venues, existing and temporary facilities.
During the months of July and August, the OAA will join the Pan Am / Parapan Am celebrations through a special series of posts on the blOAAg
titled: The Architects behind the Games, showcasing the built legacy of TORONTO 2015 and the architects behind them. From the historic Maple Leaf Gardens to the recently completed Athletes' Village, the Games provide an opportunity to celebrate the work of our members and their essential contributions to this historic event.
*Were you or your practice involved in making the Games happen? Know of a “behind the scenes” architect? Then please share your story and let us know! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with comments and suggestions.