Stadium Design and Appearance (05:31)
Jerry Jones wants to celebrate history and tradition while looking to the future at AT&T Stadium. Architects used new computer technology to convey ideas on a complex level. The exterior forms a welcoming entrance and the building is organized on an axis.
Structural Design (05:17)
Architect Brian Trubey describes the large glass front wall of AT&T Stadium. Two large trusses hold up a long single-span roof and extend beyond the building; the continuous design absorbs forces. Seven story doors transform the space.
Stadium Art Program (01:28)
Charlotte Jones Anderson manages the Cowboy's brand appearance. She formed a council to choose artwork for AT&T Stadium; the pieces attracted new audiences and gave traditional audiences a new experience.
Stadium Acoustics (01:21)
Jack Wrightson explains that for football games, the team wants to maximize the sound of the crowd, so the roof deck traps sound in the upper levels. For concerts, directional line array speakers can target each section.
Successful Design (02:24)
The Dallas Cowboys stadium was designed to welcome thousands of people to major events. The players pass audience members as they enter the field, creating a fun experience. The building has gained attention for its innovative design.
Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City (02:45)
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts includes two halls in one structure. The cultural building is the city's center, so the site, sound, and experience have to be excellent. The building has inspired activity in the community.
Design Elements (05:37)
Safdie Architects is known internationally for creating dynamic forms and innovative community spaces. The Kauffman Center includes three buildings oriented to provide a view and natural light. Each hall has a unique presence, and the back of the center faces the city as a kind of sculpture.
Design Process (01:54)
Moshe Safdie states that architects come to a project with themes in mind; he prioritizes the site and purpose. He demonstrates his approach to design, explaining how LEGO inspired an early project. Safdie uses models in every stage of the process.
Concert Hall Sound Design (05:52)
The architects used models to develop a duplicated structural design for the auditorium. Handmade light fixtures and murals decorate the interior made of different kinds of wood chosen for acoustic resonance. Matthew Azevedo explains that walls should reflect sound and the hall structure should be isolated to maintain quiet.
Legacy and Building Success (03:20)
The performing arts space was Julia Irene Kauffman's mother's dream. She describes the selection of the location and the interior design inspired by ribbons. Safdie describes his satisfaction with the public's response to the building.
Barclays Center: Design Constraints and Inspiration (05:23)
Locating a large stadium in a busy area of Brooklyn was a design challenge for architects. Designed more like a theater, the exterior is inspired by muscle forms and athletic movement. Chris Sharples explains how they used design techniques and ideas from aerospace design and materials.
Structure and Materials (04:33)
When selecting materials, architects considered Brooklyn's legacy of industry; they chose steel, which will improve in appearance over time. With technology they could manage a complex design; they also used a computer model to alter the design to reduce budget. Paul Kassabian explains how cantilevers and torsion allow the oculus portion of the building to stay elevated.
Stadium Interior (04:02)
The transparent street-level space of Barclays Center invites community involvement and conveys a connection between inside and outside. The interior contrasts with most sports arenas, providing a more elegant and eclectic appeal.
Overcoming Challenges (04:45)
Barclays Center is part of the large Atlantic Yards development. The stadium was squeezed into the space, so seating is sloped at a nearly vertical angle, increasing crowd noise. Bruce Ratner explains that like other large performance spaces today, the main goal is creating an experience and space that draws people out of their homes.
Credits: Cool Spaces: Performing Spaces (01:10)
Credits: Cool Spaces: Performing Spaces
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