Rethinking the Relationship between Stadiums and Public Space
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This thesis examines how a centrally located stadium can be woven into the public space of a Canadian city to become an active member of the urban fabric. Common community desires for spectator sports have faced difficulties because conventional stadium architecture normally demands large quantities of land. Consequently, stadiums are often located on the periphery of a city, with disadvantages for public access. This thesis proposes a new form of public infrastructure in the heart of Halifax, a small east coast Canadian city. The proposal is situated on an urban block that currently houses various separated institutions. This is within the Halifax Common, a series of open spaces that run through the city. The project introduces elements of stadium architecture and pedestrian routes that attempt to stitch everything together into an inclusive urban fabric that operates throughout the year.