A Good Sport

Innovative Stadium Recreational Facility Design
Sponsored by Pilkington North America – NSG Group

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the innovative design strategies employed in projects drawn from Architectural Record's Stadiums Building Type Studies.
  2. Explain the community and user benefits realized by the innovative design features for each of these projects.
  3. Discuss how the design teams optimized these environments for performance.
  4. Describe the range of approaches for efficient, high-performance design employed by these innovative projects.


2 AIA LU/Elective
This test is no longer available for credit

This course is part of the Stadiums Academy

This course will look at Architectural Record Stadiums Building Type Studies and project overviews, with a focus on innovative design practices, strategies, methods, materials, and community engagement used to support and enhance a variety of arenas and sports/recreational facilities in the United States and abroad.

Making a Splash
Two striking indoor pools, by Bing Thom and HCMA, use wood in unexpected ways and provide a Vancouver suburb with new landmarks.
Adele Weder

Regent Park Aquatic Centre
Designed by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, a public aquatic center surrounded by a park in a mixed-income city housing development proves public recreational facilities needn't skimp on high-concept design.
Alex Bozikovic

California Memorial Stadium
Winning Playbook: HNTB Architecture and STUDIOS Architecture team up to give a 1920s-era stadium at the University of California, Berkeley a seismic retrofit and expansion that respects its history.
Lamar Anderson

Circuit of the Americas
Formula for Success: Miró Rivera Architects creates a sprawling, zoomy venue for motor sports, music, and more in the capital of the Lone Star state.
Ingrid Spencer

Barclays Center
Beauty and the Behemoth: SHoP deploys digital technology and imaginative design to give Brooklyn's Barclays Center unexpected civic presence. The gargantuan structure sits just beyond several neighborhoods of quaint brownstone rowhouses characteristic of this New York City borough.
Joann Gonchar

Olympic Stadium
A Landmark Reinvented: GMP transforms Kiev's storied Olympic Stadium by sheltering it under an elegant cable-supported roof.
Chris Foges

Image Grandview Aquatic center.

Photo courtesy of Ema Peter

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