Stadiums


The Urban Games

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August 3, 2016
For Olympic host cities, wins and losses last forever

On a field of dirt, about a hundred octagonal white tents are lined up in neat rows. They’re weather-beaten and coated with dust, but the logo of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees still peeks through on their fabric rooftops, revealing their purpose. Like many refugee camps set up in recent years, this one is a mix of desperation and inactivity. Unlike most others, it’s surrounded by stadium seating.

Fan Favorite

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October 20, 2017
How Studio-MLA learned to embrace the potential of the sports stadium

Among Southern California landscape architecture firms, Los Angeles-based Studio-MLA (formerly Mia Lehrer + Associates) is arguably highbrow. Known for public spaces like the 1,300-acre Orange County Great Park and Vista Hermosa Park in an underserved section of Los Angeles, and transformative master plans for infrastructuralized landscapes like the Los Angeles River and the Silver Lake Reservoir, the firm has a serious approach to the needs of Southern California and the services landscape architecture can provide.

Photos: The Urban Games

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August 3, 2016
For Olympic host cities, wins and losses last forever. Scenes from Athens and London.

Refugee camp, Olympics site, Athens

Main Olympics park, Athens

Main Olympics park, Athens

Olympic park and development, London

Decay at the main Olympics park, Athens

The Past and Potential Future of the Houston Astrodome

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April 9, 2015
Can the vast, abandoned Houston Astrodome find unlikely redemption as one of the world’s largest indoor parks?

When Dene Hofheinz Anton was a young girl in the early 1950s, her father would carve time out of his busy schedule as the mayor of Houston, Texas, to take her to see the Buffaloes, the city’s minor-league baseball team. Mayor Roy Hofheinz had previously served in the state legislature and also as the top official in Harris County, which includes Houston, and his significant status meant he was intimately connected with the goings-on of the city.

The Invention of the Kiss Cam

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May 22, 2014
A revolution in stadium displays gave birth to the kiss cam.

Neither the date nor place was recorded, but it was likely in the summer or fall of 1980 in the Los Angeles Dodger stadium: a camera zoomed in on a man and a woman and broadcast their faces onto a massive full-color video screen above the left-field bleachers. The man and the woman kissed. The crowd cheered. A cultural sensation was born.