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Mitch Karr

Mitch Karr

Minneapolis, MN, US

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Inverted Stadium. View of Stadium From Promenade.
Inverted Stadium. View of Stadium From Promenade.
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Inverted Stadium

PARK MASTER PLAN AND STADIUM DESIGN. GRADUATE THESIS PROJECT. 

AUG 2009 - MAY 2010

My final two semesters of Graduate Studios at KSU consisted of one project in two parts. The initial semester focused on the master planning, and repurposing of a large park in Manhattan Kansas, and the development of building programs for the individual elements of that master plan. The second semester focused on the design of a football stadium as a central element in the park. The Inverted Stadium was my response to this design problem.

The Inverted Stadium seeks to address the deficiencies inherent in the design of traditional small to medium scale football stadiums, specifically, the lack of spatial definition at the playing surface, the static nature of viewing angles provided by standard seating arrangements, and the inability of a traditional design to foster the exciting social atmosphere of sporting events.

The spaces are arranged around a series of overlapping terraces - a strategy present throughout the master plan of the entire park - creating interstitial volumes, and opportunities to insert program within them. The cantilevering of these plates offers spectators the ability to affect the perspective from which they view the events on the field by climbing higher and higher. The stadium's main terrace, or skywalk, offers fans the unique opportunity to interact with one another, without being confined to benches, while still affording them easy views to the playing field. 

The final design for the stadium was arrived at through an extensive series of studies, executed through various mediums, including film making, physical and digital modeling, freehand and digital rendering. The semester's findings were assembled in the book Invert, published online through Lulu.

The Inverted Stadium was selected as one of six finalists for KSU's Heintzelman Prize - awarded to the premier thesis project in the graduating class - and was awarded one of two honorable mentions.

Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Revit, AutoCAD, Physical and Digital Modeling, Freehand and Digital Rendering, Presentation Development and Delivery.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Manhattan, KS, US
My Role: Urban Planning. Programming. Architectural Design. Presentation.
Additional Credits: Kansas State University. ADS VII, ADS VIII - Mathew Knox - Professor.

 
Inverted Stadium. Heintzelman Prize Presentation Boards.
Inverted Stadium. Heintzelman Prize Presentation Boards.
Inverted Stadium. Thesis Book - Invert
Inverted Stadium. Thesis Book - Invert
Inverted Stadium. Tower Sectional Study. Circulation Tower / LED Display Tower
Inverted Stadium. Tower Sectional Study. Circulation Tower / LED Display Tower
Inverted Stadium. View of Skywalk from Terraced Seating Plate
Inverted Stadium. View of Skywalk from Terraced Seating Plate
Inverted Stadium. Sectional Study.
Inverted Stadium. Sectional Study.
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. Final Iteration.
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. Final Iteration.
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. Final Iteration.
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. Final Iteration.
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. Second Iteration.
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. Second Iteration.
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. Second Iteration.
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. Second Iteration.
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. Second Iteration
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. Second Iteration
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. First Iteration.
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. First Iteration.
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. First Iteration.
Inverted Stadium. Study Model. First Iteration.

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