Departing Dunedin for the moment here are some books that look like they would provide background reading and imagery.
Some are available at the Univeristy of Otago Library, if staff ever return them that is.
Like this one…
Architecture for the New Global Culture
Get into the centre of the action with The Stadium, a book that takes you to some of the finest event centres across the globe. Sports fans in the United States can revisit their own home fields such as the Reliant Stadium in Houston, SBC Park in San Francisco, Oriole Park in Baltimore, and experience international attractions such as the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wembley in London, Arsenal in London, and the Olympic Stadium in Sydney. With 250 astonishing photos and 70 architectural plans, this book defines the stadium as a worldwide cultural icon.
Periplus July 2005
German Football Stadiums
Appearing in good time for the summer’s forthcoming footstravaganza, this compact little tome features a multitude of images of the arenas that will thrill the souls of the corporate freeloaders who’ve snaffled all the tickets – sorry, the loyal supporters of the world’s 32 best football teams. Modern stadium design at its finest, and all completed on time too. Images show exteriors, interiors and various panoramic views.
Daab April 2006
A Design and Development Guide
Authors: J. Geraint, R. Sheard & B. Vickery
Written by the internationally recognised global leaders in sport architecture, HOK, this book is a practical guide to stadia design. It is essential reading for designers, managers, investors and all those who have an interest in one of the most exciting and rewarding building types of today. All three authors have been involved in the design of stadia, arenas and grandstands for many years and this book reflects their wealth of experience.
Over 25 international case studies illustrate this informative guide including Emirates Stadium, London; Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne; Wimbledon AELTC Centre Court, London; Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire and Soldier Field Stadium, Chicago.
Architectural Press January 2007 Fourth edition
The buildings gathered in this book were all designed to meet the remorselessly expanding appetite of one of the most preponderant activities of modern-day life: sport. 25 varied projects are given the once-over, including a Dutch university basketball court, a swooping Zaha Hadid-designed ski jump, a Japanese budokan (martial arts academy) and various municipal, private and corporate sports centres. There are even a couple of football grounds, but much of this book’s appeal lies in its general avoidance of the planet’s primary sport. It also appeals with clear plans, good colour photography and concise, descriptive text. This Spanish book is exclusive to RIBA Bookshops in the UK.
Loft Publications March 2007
Sports & Recreational Facilities
With full-colour photographs accompanying editorial commentary, this compendium showcases 100 facilities that illustrate the numerous sporting activities that absorb so many of our leisure hours. Split into chapters by design practice, names include Cannon Design, EwingCole, Souto Moura Arquitectos Lda and ELS. All sorts of facilities are featured, from swimming pools to athletics centres to gymnasia, illustrated by images and commentary.
Visual Reference June 2006
Meeting the needs of all professionals concerned with the provision of high quality sports facilities, the book addresses new build and redevelopment, master planning and facility design. Technical data is provided from a wide range of different projects which include Sydney Olympic Stadium; Highbury Stadium; Victoria Stadium, Melbourne; and the Reebok Stadium, Bolton. The author also takes a look into the near future and shares the latest developments in stadium design which are pushing forward the frontiers of building technology.
E & FN Spon July 2000
Peter Culley and John Pascoe
Today’s stadiums transcend the barriers of geography, culture and language. An excellent stadium will be universally acclaimed, attracting the best performances in sport and entertainment by teams of performers. There are many people involved in creating and running a stadium including commissioning bodies, developers, architects, engineers, cost consultants, specialist sub-contractors, stadium operators, sponsors and, most importantly, the spectators.
Amongst these, the engineer, as the term implies, is the engine driving the process forward. But no engineer is ‘an island’ when it comes to stadium design. As Stadium Engineering highlights, it requires a multidisciplinary approach involving transport planners and traffic engineers, environmentalists, civil and geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, materials technologists, mechanical and electrical engineers, and specialists in fields such as dynamics, acoustics, security, communications and building services operation and maintenance.
Through case studies on current and planned stadiums, and specific focus on specialist engineering fields, Stadium Engineering demonstrates how all these skills are brought together to the benefit of stadium development. This book will be essential reading to all those whose disciplines impact on the continuing success of stadium engineering.
Thomas Telford September 2005
Architecture for Sport
Peter Sturzebecher Sigrid Ulrich
Sport is becoming a philosophy of life and structures built for international sports events are effectively the largest “theatre buildings” of our times.
Architecture for Sport showcases top achievements in international sport architecture of the last ten years, introducing 25 magnificent projects by leading architects throughout the world.
Wiley-Academy August 2002
Stadia Arenas and Grandstands:
Design, Construction and Operation
Jurek Tolloczko Nick Clarke Pat Thompson
With the market for specialist stadia and related facilities growing fast, this timely book presents the best of current worldwide experience in the design, construction and operation of these exciting structures. Case studies are featured of stadia and arenas from Europe, North America and the Far East, and the New Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.
E & FN Spon 1998