Eavesdrop> Spearing Impaired

Architecture, East, Eavesdroplet
Friday, February 5, 2016
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The Florida Seminoles' new stadium design doubles down on racism. (Courtesy Champions Campaign)

The Florida Seminoles’ new stadium design doubles down on racism. (Courtesy Champions Campaign)

In recent years, there has been much backlash against mascots that misappropriate their meaning from American history. From The Fighting Illini of University of Illinois to the NFL’s Washington Redskins, many teams have been pressured to adopt personas that are not deeply, deeply racist. However, the Florida State Seminoles have apparently doubled down on their offensive mascot by codifying it in the architecture of their stadium.

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BIG Game: Does Bjarke Ingels really like M&Ms or is he designing the Redskins’ new stadium?

Development, East, Eavesdroplet
Thursday, January 7, 2016
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The current FedEx Stadium in Landover, Maryland, is not known for its architectural features (bsoist via Flickr).

The current FedEx Stadium in Landover, Maryland, is not known for its architectural features (bsoist via Flickr).

A suspicious Instagram post and confirmation by Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) head of communications that the firm is designing an NFL stadium have everyone wondering if Ingels will be designing for the Washington Redskins.

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Definitely not a library: Herzog & De Meuron unveils new stadium for Chelsea soccer club in London

Architecture, Design, Development, Urbanism
Thursday, December 3, 2015
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(Courtesy Herzog de Meuron)

(Courtesy Herzog de Meuron)

British soccer team Chelsea FC has submitted plans to the local authorities to construct a new 60,000-seat stadium at Stamford Bridge, their current home ground. The proposal, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, brings with it a price tag of $750 million. The Swiss duo are known for their stadia designs, notably with the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, the Allianz Arena in Munich, and a wispy venue in Bordeaux. Read More

HOK and 360 Architecture unveil new renderings of a revamped stadium for the St. Louis Rams

Proposed stadium for the St. Louis Rams. (Courtesy HOK)

Proposed stadium for the St. Louis Rams. (Courtesy HOK)

HOK last week released new renderings of a speculative stadium on the banks of the Mississippi River—the latest in the saga of the NFL’s Rams franchise as it mulls leaving St. Louis for its original home, Los Angeles.

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Hargreaves unveils Downtown East Commons, a park in the shadow of the Minnesota Vikings

A rendering of The Commons in Downtown East Minneapolis. (Hargreaves Associates)

A rendering of The Commons in Downtown East Minneapolis. (Hargreaves Associates)

Last year Minneapolis broke ground on a major mixed-use development centered around a park next to the under-construction stadium that will house the Minnesota Vikings football team. Now dubbed “The Commons,” the 4.2-acre park was the subject of a public meeting last week, at which its design came into clearer focus.

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New HOK stadium renderings show off St. Louis for restless Rams football franchise

A proposal for a new NFL stadium in downtown St. Louis. (HOK)

A proposal for a new NFL stadium in downtown St. Louis. (HOK)

Missouri’s football fans are savoring plans for a new NFL stadium in downtown St. Louis, but it remains unclear if the HOK-led designs will be enough to keep the Rams from leaving. Read More

Are you ready for some football stadiums? Los Angeles gets even more proposals for its yet-unsecured NFL team

Architecture, Unveiled, West
Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Raiders/ Chargers stadium in Carson (Manica Architecture)

Raiders/ Chargers stadium in Carson (Manica Architecture)

Just when we thought Los Angeles’ football stadium craziness had cooled down, the owners of the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have unveiled plans for a 72,000 seat, $1.7 billion stadium on a 168-acre site in Carson—which should soon be on that city’s ballot—while Inglewood City Council approved a measure to build a stadium for the (for now) St. Louis Rams, originally floated by Rams’ owner Stan Kroenke.

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St. Louis offers the Rams a new stadium on the Mississippi—if they stay

(courtesy HOK, 360 Architecture)

(courtesy HOK, 360 Architecture)

St. Louis‘ NFL franchise, the Rams, left Los Angeles in 1994. Twenty years later they’re mulling a move back, but not without a fight from the residents of their new Midwestern home. Last week plans for a new arena on the banks of the Mississippi River upped the ante, promising Rams fans 64,000 seats and an open-air stadium designed by HOK and 360 Architecture that a city-appointed task force called “the crown jewel of the reinvention of St. Louis’ city center”.

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St. Louis Rams owner proposes NFL stadium for Los Angeles

Architecture, Urbanism, West
Friday, January 9, 2015
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Inglewood's "City of Champions" Revitalization Project (HKS)

Inglewood’s “City of Champions” Revitalization Project (HKS)

After years of, ahem, false starts, it’s looking very possible that the NFL will be returning to Los Angeles. According to the LA Times, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who bought 60 acres next to the Forum in Inglewood last year, has announced plans to build an HKS-designed 80,000-seat stadium and a 6,000-seat performance venue as part of the 300-acre Hollywood Park site.

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Could NFL’s Plans Sink LA’s Convention Center Competition?

West
Thursday, October 9, 2014
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Populous Convention Center. (Courtesy Populous)

While the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering moves ahead with its competition for a $350 million renovation and expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center, the NFL is threatening to make those plans obsolete. According to NBC Sports, a league source has confirmed that the NFL will send one or even two teams back to LA within the next one to two years. Two favorites include the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders. If the NFL comes to town then AEG’s plans for a new downtown stadium (by Gensler) and convention center expansion (by Populous) may follow. Of course a team could just as easily move to a site being floated near Hollywood Park, in Chavez Ravine, and in City of Industry. As of now the city has shortlisted AC Martin/LMN, Gensler/Lehrer Architects, and HMC/Populous for the convention center. No word from the Bureau of Engineering at this point. Stay tuned as we try to make sense of all this.

Observers sound off on San Francisco’s 49ers Stadium, the house that tech built

Architecture, West
Thursday, August 21, 2014
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Inside Levi's Stadium (Levi's Stadium)

Inside Levi’s Stadium. (Courtesy Levi’s Stadium)

San Jose Mercury News columnist (and frequent AN contributor) Alan Hess took on HNTB’s Levi’s Stadium, the new $1.3 billion home of the San Francisco 49ers. Hess compares the “starkly utilitarian,” 68,500 seat stadium to Silicon Valley’s high tech environments, and even to its high-end gadgets. The building “translates the high-def experience of a game we see on TV—the roaring crowd, the superhuman action of the players, the intense color of the grass under the TV-studio lighting, the camaraderie of loyal 49ers fans celebrating (or commiserating) en masse—into an enormous three-dimensional architectural spectacle,” Hess wrote.

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Is expanding Chicago’s soldier field a hail mary pass?

Midwest, Q+A
Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Chicago's Soldier Field (left) against the South Loop skyline. (--Mike-- / Flickr)

Chicago’s Soldier Field (left) against the South Loop skyline. (–Mike– / Flickr)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reportedly considering a plan to boost capacity at Soldier Field, the city’s football stadium, in a bid to host the Super Bowl.

But as the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin laid out in a story Sunday, the play is a Hail Mary. Read More

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