Modern Coliseum

Stadiums and American Culture
Author: Benjamin D. Lisle
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812294076
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 328
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From the legendary Ebbets Field in the heart of Brooklyn to the amenity-packed Houston Astrodome to the "retro" Oriole Park at Camden Yards, stadiums have taken many shapes and served different purposes throughout the history of American sports culture. In the early twentieth century, a new generation of stadiums arrived, located in the city center, easily accessible to the public, and offering affordable tickets that drew mixed crowds of men and women from different backgrounds. But in the successive decades, planners and architects turned sharply away from this approach. In Modern Coliseum, Benjamin D. Lisle tracks changes in stadium design and culture since World War II. These engineered marvels channeled postwar national ambitions while replacing aging ballparks typically embedded in dense urban settings. They were stadiums designed for the "affluent society"—brightly colored, technologically expressive, and geared to the car-driving, consumerist suburbanite. The modern stadium thus redefined one of the city's more rambunctious and diverse public spaces. Modern Coliseum offers a cultural history of this iconic but overlooked architectural form. Lisle grounds his analysis in extensive research among the archives of teams, owners, architects, and cities, examining how design, construction, and operational choices were made. Through this approach, we see modernism on the ground, as it was imagined, designed, built, and experienced as both an architectural and a social phenomenon. With Lisle's compelling analysis supplemented by over seventy-five images documenting the transformation of the American stadium over time, Modern Coliseum will be of interest to a variety of readers, from urban and architectural historians to sports fans.

The stadium

architecture for the new global culture
Author: Rod Sheard,Robert Powell,Patrick Bingham-Hall
Publisher: Periplus Editions
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: 208
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New stadiums from the US and around the world

Stadium Worlds

Football, Space and the Built Environment
Author: Sybille Frank,Silke Steets
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136949232
Category: Architecture
Page: 328
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Analyzing football as a cultural practice, this book investigates the connection between the sport and its built environment. Four thematic sections bring together an international multi-disciplinary range of perspectives with particular focus on the stadium. Examples from architectural design, media studies and archaeology are used while studying advertising, economics, migration, fandom, local identities, emotions, gender, and the sociology of space. Texts and case-studies build up this useful book for lecturers and researchers in sociology, cultural studies, geography, architecture, sport and environment.

City of Dreams

Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles
Author: Jerald Podair
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400884705
Category: History
Page: 384
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On the sixtieth anniversary of the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles, the full story of the controversial building of Dodger Stadium and how it helped transform the city. When Walter O'Malley moved his Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1957 with plans to construct a new ballpark next to downtown, he ignited a bitter argument over the future of a rapidly changing city. For the first time, City of Dreams tells the full story of the controversial building of Dodger Stadium—and how it helped create modern Los Angeles by transforming its downtown into a vibrant cultural and entertainment center. In a vivid narrative, Jerald Podair tells how Los Angeles was convulsed between 1957 and 1962 over whether, where, and how to build Dodger Stadium. Competing civic visions clashed. Would Los Angeles be a decentralized, low-tax city of neighborhoods, as demanded by middle-class whites on its peripheries? Or would the baseball park be the first contribution to a revitalized downtown that would brand Los Angeles as a national and global city, as advocated by leaders in business, media, and entertainment? O'Malley's vision triumphed when he opened his privately constructed stadium on April 10, 1962—and over the past half century it has contributed substantially to the city's civic and financial well-being. But in order to build the stadium, O'Malley negotiated with the city to acquire publicly owned land (from which the city had uprooted a Mexican American community), raising sharply contested questions about the relationship between private profit and "public purpose." Indeed, the battle over Dodger Stadium crystallized issues with profound implications for all American cities, and for arguments over the meaning of equality itself. Filled with colorful stories, City of Dreams will fascinate anyone who is interested in the history of the Dodgers, baseball, Los Angeles, and the modern American city.

Stadia

The Populous Design and Development Guide
Author: Geraint John,Rod Sheard,Ben Vickery
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131761447X
Category: Architecture
Page: 352
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In this fully updated and redesigned edition of the essential and long-established Stadia, the authors offer their unrivalled expertise to all professionals who commission, plan, design, and manage high-quality sports venues. Ideas about the design and use of stadiums continue to evolve and this fifth edition includes the latest developments in the field. Including updated chapters on sustainability, masterplanning and services, a new chapter on branding activation, and new global case studies, the fifth edition of Stadia is the ultimate guide to all aspects of stadium design, from local club buildings to international showpieces. In addition to a wide array of international case studies, the authors draw on the experience of the design firm Populous who in recent years delivered the 2010 Yankees Stadium in New York; the 2010 Aviva stadium, Dublin; the 2004 Benfica stadium, Lisbon; the 2010 Soccer City FNB Stadium, Johannesburg; the 2012 Marlins Park, Miami; and the 2012 new Olympic Stadium, London.

Modernity and the Architecture of Mexico


Author: Edward R. Burian
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292791666
Category: Architecture
Page: 232
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Since the mid 1970s, there has been an extraordinary renewal of interest in early modern architecture, both as a way of gaining insight into contemporary architectural culture and as a reaction to neoconservative postmodernism. This book undertakes a critical reappraisal of the notion of modernity in Mexican architecture and its influence on a generation of Mexican architects whose works spanned the 1920s through the 1960s. Nine essays by noted architects and architectural historians cover a range of topics from broad-based critical commentaries to discussions of individual architects and buildings. Among the latter are the architects Enrique del Moral, Juan O'Gorman, Carlos Obregón Santacilia, Juan Segura, Mario Pani, and the campus and stadium of the Ciudad Universitaria in Mexico City. Relatively little has been published in English regarding this era in Mexican architecture. Thus, Modernity and the Architecture of Mexico will play a groundbreaking role in making the underlying assumptions, ideological and political constructs, and specific architect's agendas known to a wide audience in the humanities. Likewise, it should inspire greater appreciation for this undervalued body of works as an important contribution to the modern movement.

Sport and Architecture


Author: Benjamin S. Flowers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317756320
Category: Architecture
Page: 136
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Sport and architecture are two elements of contemporary life that have a broad and profound impact on the world around us. The role architecture plays in shaping buildings and societies has occupied historians for centuries. Likewise, the cultural, economic, and political importance of sport is the subject of sustained academic inquiry. When sport and architecture converge, as in the 2012 London Olympics or the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, then the impact of these two forms of social activity is redoubled. This book presents a new and dynamic study of the complex relationship between sport and architecture. It explores the history of sport architecture and examines the buildings and events that create sites where sport and architecture converge in particularly telling ways. Its chapters discuss the following topics: sport architecture and urban redevelopment sport architecture and technology sport architecture and nationalism sport architecture as social activism sport architecture and global capitalism. By considering the importance of architectural form alongside these key themes, this book represents a landmark study for anybody interested in the social and cultural significance of architecture or sport.

A History of American Architecture

Buildings in Their Cultural and Technological Context
Author: Mark Gelernter
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719047275
Category: Architecture
Page: 346
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Why did the colonial Americans give over a significant part of their homes to a grand staircase? Why did the Victorians drape their buildings ornate decoration? And why did American buildings grow so tall in the last decades of the 19th century. This book explores the history of American architecture from prehistoric times to the present, explaining why characteristic architectural forms arose at particular times and in particular places.

Public Dollars, Private Stadiums

The Battle Over Building Sports Stadiums
Author: Kevin J. Delaney,Rick Eckstein
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813533438
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 230
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The authors provide an eye-opening account of recent battles over publicly financed stadiums in some of America's largest cities. Their interviews with the key decision makers present a behind-the-scenes look at how and why powerful individuals and organizations foist these sports palaces on increasingly unreceptive communities. Delaney and Eckstein show that in the face of studies demonstrating that new sports facilities don't live up to their promise of big money, proponents are using a new tactic to win public subsidies¾intangible “social” rewards, such as prestige and community cohesion. The authors find these to be empty promises as well, demonstrating that new stadiums may exacerbate, rather than erase, social problems in cities.

Soldier Field

A Stadium and Its City
Author: Liam T. A. Ford
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226257096
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 376
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Sports fans nationwide know Soldier Field as the home of the Chicago Bears. For decades its signature columns provided an iconic backdrop for gridiron matches. But few realize that the stadium has been much more than that. Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its City explores how this amphitheater evolved from a public war memorial into a majestic arena that helped define Chicago. Chicago Tribune staff writer Liam Ford led the reporting on the stadium’s controversial 2003 renovation—and simultaneously found himself unearthing a dramatic history. As he tells it, the tale of Soldier Field truly is the story of Chicago, filled with political intrigue and civic pride. Designed by Holabird and Roche, Soldier Field arose through a serendipitous combination of local tax dollars, City Beautiful boosterism, and the machinations of Mayor “Big Bill” Thompson. The result was a stadium that stood at the center of Chicago’s political, cultural, and sporting life for nearly sixty years before the arrival of Walter Payton and William “The Refrigerator” Perry. Ford describes it all in the voice of a seasoned reporter: the high school football games, track and field contests, rodeos, and even NASCAR races. Photographs, including many from the Chicago Park District’s own collections, capture these remarkable scenes: the swelling crowds at ethnic festivals, Catholic masses, and political rallies. Few remember that Soldier Field hosted Billy Graham and Martin Luther King Jr., Judy Garland and Johnny Cash—as well as Grateful Dead’s final show. Soldier Field captures the dramatic history of Chicago’s stadium on the lake and will captivate sports fans and historians alike.

The Art-Architecture Complex


Author: Hal Foster
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 1781682305
Category: Art
Page: 320
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Hal Foster, author of the acclaimed Design and Crime, argues that a fusion of architecture and art is a defining feature of contemporary culture. He identifies a “global style” of architecture—as practiced by Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano—analogous to the international style of Le Corbusier, Gropius and Mies. More than any art, today’s global style conveys both the dreams and delusions of modernity. Foster demonstrates that a study of the “art-architecture complex” provides invaluable insight into broader social and economic trajectories in urgent need of analysis. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

American Cultural Values as Reflected in the Architectural Evolution and Criticism of the Modern Baseball Stadium
Author: David John Kammer
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: 792
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The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2015–2016


Author: William M. Simons
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476628866
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 260
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Widely acknowledged as the preëminent gathering of baseball scholars, the annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture has made significant contributions to baseball research. This collection of 15 new essays selected from the 2015 and the 2016 symposia examines topics whose importance extend beyond the ballpark. Presented in six parts, the essays explore Biography: From Mythology to Authenticity, Gender and Generations, Race and Ethnicity on the Base Paths, Ballparks Abandoned and Envisioned, Baseball Cinema, and Business, Law and the Game.

Stadium Worlds

Football, Space and the Built Environment
Author: Sybille Frank,Silke Steets
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136949240
Category: Architecture
Page: 328
View: 5524

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Analyzing football as a cultural practice, this book investigates the connection between the sport and its built environment. Four thematic sections bring together an international multi-disciplinary range of perspectives with particular focus on the stadium. Examples from architectural design, media studies and archaeology are used while studying advertising, economics, migration, fandom, local identities, emotions, gender, and the sociology of space. Texts and case-studies build up this useful book for lecturers and researchers in sociology, cultural studies, geography, architecture, sport and environment.

Stadia Arenas and Grandstands

Design, Construction and Operation
Author: P. Thompson,J. Tolloczko,N. Clarke
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1482272148
Category: Architecture
Page: 384
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This book covers the International Concrete Society Conference held at the Cardiff International Arena and will be of interest to architects and planners, facility managers and consultants in the fields of engineering, environmental control and services and leisure managemnet, media facilities and to client organizations planning major sports and 'landmark' stadia.

Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight

Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles
Author: Eric Avila
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520248112
Category: History
Page: 308
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"In Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight, Eric Avila offers a unique argument about the restructuring of urban space in the two decades following World War II and the role played by new suburban spaces in dramatically transforming the political culture of the United States. Avila's work helps us see how and why the postwar suburb produced the political culture of 'balanced budget conservatism' that is now the dominant force in politics, how the eclipse of the New Deal since the 1970s represents not only a change of views but also an alteration of spaces."—George Lipsitz, author of The Possessive Investment in Whiteness

Ballpark

The Story of America's Baseball Fields
Author: Lynn Curlee
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416953604
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
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Explores the histories and cultural significances of America's most famous "green cathedrals" as well as looks at the changing social climate that accompanied baseball's rise from a minor sport to the national pastime. Reprint.

The Arena

Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport
Author: Rafi Kohan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781631495137
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 416
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In this "addictive" (Publishers Weekly) romp, intrepid sportswriter Rafi Kohan finagles access to our most beloved fields to find out just what makes them tick: from old-timer Wrigley, creakily adjusting to the twenty-first century, to the oversized monstrosity of Jerry's World in Dallas. Investigating harrowing logistics and deeply ingrained traditions, Kohan employs his infectious "wit and style" (Christian Science Monitor) to expose the realities of building and maintaining these commercial cathedrals of sports worship. "Highly compelling" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), The Arena is a must-read for superfans, shameless bandwagoners, athletes, groundskeepers, culture junkies, and anyone who's ever headed off eagerly to the ballpark to catch a game.

Temples of the Earthbound Gods

Stadiums in the Cultural Landscapes of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires
Author: Christopher Thomas Gaffney
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292781857
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 285
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In Rio de Janeiro, the spiritual home of world football, and Buenos Aires, where a popular soccer club president was recently elected mayor, the game is an integral part of national identity. Using the football stadium as an illuminating cultural lens, Temples of the Earthbound Gods examines many aspects of urban culture that play out within these monumental architectural forms, including spirituality, violence, rigid social norms, anarchy, and also expressions of sexuality and gender. Tracing the history of the game in Brazil and Argentina through colonial influences as well as indigenous ball courts in Mayan, Aztec, Zapotec, Mixtec, and Olmec societies, Christopher Gaffney's study spans both ancient and contemporary worlds, linking the development of stadiums to urbanization and the consolidation of nation building in two of Latin America's most intriguing megacities.

The śtadium

the architecture of mass sport
Author: Michelle Provoost,Nederlands Architectuurinstituut
Publisher: NAI Publishers
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: 183
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The Stadium is an unprecedented and comprehensive look at the intersections between architecture, urban design, sports and sports culture -- from histories of the changing social function and character of sport, to the changing field of stadium architecture. A special feature is a series of 'city chapters' examining how individual cities deal with their sports complexes and how they use them as a springboard for urban redevelopment. The Stadium also treats a number of topical themes such as the influence of sports-fan 'hooliganism' on the design of a stadium and its surroundings, developments in areas of comfort, infrastructure, and commerce, advances on the technical front, and the working methods of architects specializing in the building of stadiums. In addition to designs by famous architects like Hitoshi Abe, Morphosis, Hani Rashid, and others, The Stadium also features descriptions, photographic documentation, and drawings of over 40 legendary stadiums, including the Colosseum in Rome, Leninstadium, the Moscow Stadium, Nagano Olympic Stadium, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Soldiers Field in Chicago, Wembley Stadium in London, Arena Amsterdam, the Toronto Sky Dome, and many others.