Daily Archives: January 7, 2010

Solar-cloud stadium in Zagreb

### http://www.fastcompany.com Tue Jan 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM
Blue Volcano: A Futuristic Cloud-Covered Stadium for Croatia
By Ariel Schwartz
We’ve seen a rash of green stadiums recently -Taiwan’s World Games stadium, the New Meadowlands Stadium, and now the futuristic Za(breg) stadium in Zagreb, Croatia. Dubbed the Blue Volcano by the press, the njiric+arhitekti-designed stadium is designed to be a major landmark for Zagreb.
The Blue Volcano harbours a number of groundbreaking green features, including lightweight building materials (a polycarbonate dome, steel cables) and an artificial hill made out of recycled rubber. But the flashiest and most impressive feature is the zeppelin-like floating “cloud” above the stadium playing field.
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The above item comes via Inhabitat, where you can view more images.

Tons of eco-promise…
Inhabitat says, “Surrounding the stadium are retail areas to make the site a multi-use development and the spacious grounds house more areas for the public to recreate. A skateboarding and climbing area are built into the side of the stadium and additional playing fields sit adjacent to the site. All in all, a good project for Croatia that could help unify the city with a fun and smart eco stadium.”

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### http://www.archdaily.com 30 Dec 2009
Za(breg) 2012 / njiric+ arhitekti
By Karen Cilento
The combination of steel cables, ETFE membranes and polycarbonate dome create a super light construction system.
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California Rose Bowl

### http://www.nytimes.com December 31, 2009
Rose Bowl Hopes to Bet Future on a Makeover
By Billy Witz
PASADENA, Calif. — As parade floats were being prepared nearby and workers busied themselves with final touches to the Rose Bowl, the 87-year-old stadium looked as ready as ever for the two close-ups it will receive in the next week. First, it will host, as it always does, the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day. Then, six days later, it will be home to the Bowl Championship Series title game.

For Darryl Dunn, the general manager of the stadium, and other officials, after a week of being at the centre of the college football world, the real work will begin: completing plans and applying for bonds for a $164 million renovation of the stadium. The project, [to] start in January 2011, would be completed four years from now — in time for the 100th Rose Bowl game and the return of the B.C.S. title game.

Short on money and ideas, Dunn called Janet Marie Smith, who as the Red Sox’ vice president for planning and development oversaw the improvements that were made at Fenway after the team was sold in 2002 to John Henry, one of the few prospective owners who did not want a new stadium for the team. They met and soon Smith and her team were in Pasadena as consultants, researching the Rose Bowl, interviewing community leaders and studying the possibilities.

“Some of it is born out of sentiment, but it’s also born out of practicality,” Smith said. “There’s an important reality on communities and sports teams that you don’t always have to start over.”

What helped was that the same conservation ethic that existed in Boston was alive in Pasadena, whose downtown revitalisation in the 1980s was pivotal in the city’s financial turnaround. If much of Los Angeles is a testament to development run amok, Pasadena is keen on embracing its heritage.
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ODT: The debt millstone

### ODT Online Thu, 7 Jan 2010
Editorial: The debt millstone

Few Dunedin ratepayers would disagree with the city council’s finance and corporate support general manager Athol Stephens’ observation that any new spending during the next decade had to be “reined in” given the extraordinary total debt which is forecast to peak in the next financial year at $360 million.

The council has long disappointed ratepayers with its history of failing to curb rates increases and rising charges, of heavier drawing down from debt-laden council-owned companies, and of encouraging ballooning liabilities.

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