Staydium 2.0 -Stadiums that stay.
Since the origin of Olympics in 1896, sports events have gained a massive popularity worldwide. These events are big for all countries and a matter of great pride and responsibility for the host nation. It gives host a chance to reflect upon their cultural values & promote tourism. Huge sums of public money is invested in organising these events, out of which a major chunk is invested in preparing the venues for sports events to be witnessed by global audience.
To cater to a larger audience, the scale of venues for major sports events is magnificent which require large investment of public money. However, this becomes a massive issue, majorly in developing regions. The limited usage of such buildings after the event add a layer of issue in name of maintenance cost. These structures often become a liability for host. Historically, a large number of such venues were demolished to reuse the land which may not the most ideal way to deal with public resources.
What this means for the future? And especially the future of the stadiums?
Stadiums are infrastructure which generally lose its importance after the events are over. Not only they are costly, but they occupy generous area in prime lands of cities.
This momentary purposed architecture requires a lot of resources to keep it in function. The venues are newly constructed with hastily done feasibility studies and construction sanctions cause these venues to lose importance/popularity by time. They are either demolished for alternate use or are just abandoned because demolishing is another cost to bear.
The rampant investment of public money to host such events goes in vain once the event is over. But can these mega machines for viewing live sports be more than what they are today?
Can we pre-plan the future life of the stadium and give back this momentarily used asset back to its people?
Stadiums in the past banked on exclusivity that live sports could offer. The closed structure is a resultant of a thought when narrow gates were ticketed and then sports was served live. This was the only way to consume the thrill of live sports in the past, which explains ‘why’ the crowd.
Today thanks to our advancement in long distance transmission, almost every major esports can be live previewed in our palms. The closed structure of stadiums which was then a necessity is now open to experimentation.
The challenge is to design a concept stadiumfor national and international events in a small city, such that the setup could be used/reused for many purposes beyond sports. The sheer culmination of many facilities and building services makes a stadium an ideal box to serve many functions beyond sports. E.g. A public space, or a Market or a Fitness park, and many more such examples. The multi-use perspective is seen in a time span of decades where a stadium might sit idle for more than half a year.
JUDGING CRITERIA & JUDGES
The entries will be judged by an international jury of the competition on the following criterions:
Presentation: The fundamental to a good entry is a visual delivery of ideas.
Concept/Idea: Quality of thought and intent in pre-design phase.
Spaces/Program: How the spaces are calculated and ordered.
Design Outcome The final architectural outcome of the solution.
The judging panel can also add other criterions based on their internal discussions - which will be in line with the problem statement. Participants are advised to fulfil above given criterions first in their design. Names of the jury panel will be announced soon.
Prize pool of worth 24,000$
First Prize: 6000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1400$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention: 12 x 600$ Each
Registration Closes: 17 May 2021
Submission Deadline: 18 May 2021
Result Announcement: 15 Jul 2021
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