Evolution of stadiums: a study in the design and construction of ancient and modern stadia

Jenaway, Brett (2013) Evolution of stadiums: a study in the design and construction of ancient and modern stadia. [USQ Project]


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Stadia are an important structure within the urban landscape of a city. They offer a site for people with like-minded interests to gather and share an experience based on these mutual interests, and in turn provide economic and social benefits to the surrounding community. They are also a representation of advancements in technology and engineering that have occurred over history. Early stadia designs were constructed by the Ancient Greek and Roman societies, with a general focus on spectator capacities with little regard for the comfort or wellbeing of spectators. This focus has shifted over time, and evolution in the designs of such structures to meet the ever-changing demands and expectations of society has led to increasingly bolder and more unique stadia.

This dissertation will explore the history of stadia from the early structures in the ancient Greek and Roman empires through to modern day arenas. It will then investigate modern stadiums and analyse a number of factors that are taken into consideration when designing and constructing such a unique and defining building on the urban landscape. A case study of a new stadium to be built in the city of Perth in Western Australia will also be presented, with a focus on many of the decisions that have been made for the stadium and an analysis of the reasons behind these decisions. Upon reading this dissertation, readers should gain an understanding and insight into the history that direction that stadia design and construction has taken in the past, and hopefully develop an understanding of where the stadia design and construction aspects will head in the future.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Tilley, Paul
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 23:28
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 03:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: evolution; stadium; design and construction; stadia
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
12 Built Environment and Design > 1203 Design Practice and Management > 120301 Design History and Theory
12 Built Environment and Design > 1201 Architecture > 120101 Architectural Design
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400504 Construction engineering
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3303 Design > 330304 Design history, theory and criticism
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3301 Architecture > 330102 Architectural design
URI: https://sear.unisq.edu.au/id/eprint/24703

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