Archinect - News 2015-10-04T09:03:20-04:00 Herzog & de Meuron's stadium in Chelsea "will be a hefty brute of a thing" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-07T01:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:08:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="262" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The stadium will be wrapped in a cage of slender concrete and brick columns that will rise to a zig-zagging profile, before folding over to form the roof &ndash; as if the architects&rsquo; tangle of struts in Beijing&rsquo;s Bird&rsquo;s Nest stadium had been straightened out and neatened up.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>'s design for the Football Club stadium in Chelsea takes fandom to the level or religious zealotry, borrowing dramatic gothic elements from Westminster Abbey &ndash; the structure&nbsp;that formerly stood on the same site. The design's heavy masonry, brick and railway-style vaults prompt comparisons to "London's Victorian railway viaducts" and the Brutalist concrete hulks of the 1970s. As Jacques Herzog in&nbsp;<em>The Guardian</em>&nbsp;explains it, the stadium will be like&nbsp;&ldquo;a castle, or a medieval walled village ...&nbsp;It is really a structural thing, very naked in some way."</p><p>The&nbsp;&pound;500M stadium should support crowds from 42,000 - 60,000, and while Herzog &amp; de Meuron have already completed numerous arenas (perhaps most famously, their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Bird's Nest" stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics</a>), the Chelsea project's heft offers an aesthetic break from the ongoing sweeping, airy trends in stadium design.</p><p>More on Herzog &amp; de Meuron's stadium work:</p><ul><li><a title="Bird's Nest Collaborators, Ai Weiwei and Herzog &amp; de Meuron, selected for 2012 Serpentine" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bird's Nest Collaborators, Ai Weiwei and Herzog &amp; de Meuron, s...</a></li></ul> Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start Alexander Walter 2014-07-17T21:07:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T11:32:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the 2014 FIFA World Cup just coming to a spectacular finale in Brazil, it's a perfect moment for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity</a> to announce the completion of 20 centers for 2010, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Football For Hope</a> program and partnership legacy of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.</p><p>Launched in 2007 by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FIFA</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">streetfootballworld</a> as a social legacy initiative, the program was tasked to build 20 community centers across 15 African countries for the benefit of local organizations. The centers address education and public health issues, using soccer as a tool for social development.</p><p>Find more information about the Football for Hope Centers below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Photo: Young children running on the pitch of the Khayelitsha Football for Hope Center, the first completed Football for Hope Center. Location: Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: A. Grips</em></p><p>"Football for Hope (FFH) was created to enhance dialogue and collaboration between locally active organizations advancing social development and football associations, committed...</p> Modern soccer wouldn't be the same without an architect's invention Archinect 2014-06-16T16:00:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:03:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the ball most commonly seen today was first designed in the 1960s by architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, whose forte was designing buildings using minimal materials. Previously, leather soccer balls consisted of 18 sections stitched together: six panels of three strips apiece. The soccer ball Fuller designed stitched together 20 hexagons with 12 pentagons for a total of 32 panels. Its official shape is a spherical polyhedron, but the design was nicknamed the &ldquo;buckyball.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Major League Soccer taps SHoP Architects for its Queens stadium project Archinect 2012-10-09T16:48:00-04:00 >2012-10-09T16:54:29-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="208" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Major League Soccer has asked SHoP Architects, the firm that designed the new Nets stadium in downtown Brooklyn, to prepare initial designs for a Major League Soccer stadium in Queens. SHoP's name is on a July Major League Soccer proposal given to city officials, and obtained by Capital. Last night, MLS confirmed that SHoP is indeed working on the initial schematic designs for a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Saucier + Perrotte / Hughes Condon Marler Architects Win Indoor Soccer Center Competition in Montreal Alexander Walter 2011-12-20T14:21:00-05:00 >2012-10-16T17:29:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Mayor of Montreal, G&eacute;rald Tremblay, recently unveiled the winning project in the architecture competition for the new indoor soccer center at the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC). The jury has chosen the concept developed by Saucier + Perrotte / Hughes Condon Marler Architects from among the four submitted by the finalist firms.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>