'Reaching Beyond the Gold' assesses the influence of global events on urban developments. six cities - Genoa, Barcelona, Athens, Bilbao, Shanghai and London - have been chosen as case studies. These have all recently hosted a global event or will do so in the near future.

The book analyses the successes and the failures of host cities in the past. The conclusions it draws can put an end to the structural errors still begin made when organising large-scale events.