Hardback192 PagesSize: 250 x 190 mm
200 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222243Publication: June 15, 2018

Beautiful Moves: Designing Stadia

Benjamin Flowers

£45.00 GBP

Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of June 15, 2018

  • The first sustained aesthetic and critical examination of the stadium as an architectural type 
  • Global in scope and beautifully illustrated with over 200 colour illustrations, this book includes seminal projects from leading architectural firms such as Herzog & de Meuron, Foster + Partners, and Studio Gang
  • Engagingly written to appeal to both sports fans and those interested in grand architectural projects

Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan writer, once pleaded for ‘a pretty move for the love of God’ when watching his beloved soccer. This book is likewise interested in ‘beautiful moves’, but turns instead to the architecture of the stadium as an architectural type as captivating as the play occurring on the pitch.

In the past 30 years a number of stadium projects have been completed that highlight how this building type has become a site for architectural innovation and complexity. Clients that once would once have turned to large firms specializing in stadia instead began to hire A-list and Pritzker-Prize-winning architects to design new stadia. As a result, in cities around the world stadia are often the most expensive and monumental of projects, and may be icons of identity and defining presences in the built landscape.

By examining a range of exemplary stadia from around the world (built, unbuilt and demolished projects), this book presents for the first time a canon for this building type. Organized chronologically, it includes famous examples from the likes of Lina Bo Bardi, Frei Otto, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Herzog & de Meuron, Foster + Partners and Studio Gang.

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