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ISBN: 978-3-433-01851-4
368 pages
November 2009
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This StadiumATLAS is a building-type planning guide for the construction of spectator stands in modern sports and event complexes. A methodological comparison of the venues of the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany continues into a catalogue of "Technical recommendations and requirements" for the new erection or the modernization of multi-functional sports arenas on the basis of current European building regulations. The main focus lies on all essential and relevant aspects of planning and developing future concepts for the construction of grandstands.
Requirements for the building type of "gathering space" have changed significantly within the course of the last decades. Achieving higher convenience for spectators and a better commercial exploitation have become guiding principles for the design of new sports complexes.
In this handbook, the principles of building regulations and the guidelines of important sports associations are analyzed and interrelated in order to clarify dependencies and enable critical conclusions on the respective regulations. The StadiumATLAS aims to illustrate the constructional and geometrical effects of certain specifications and to facilitate decision-making for planners and clients regarding important parameters of stadium design.
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Table of Contents



Chapter 1. A history of stadium construction.

Chapter 2. Preliminary planning.

Chapter 3. Organization of use.

Chapter 4. Auditorium.

Chapter 5. VIP areas & corporate hospitality.

Chapter 6. Stadium catering.

Chapter 7. Media facilities.

Chapter 8. Players’ area and changing rooms.

Chapter 9. Stadium administration.

Chapter 10. Planning principles.

Chapter 11. Pre-dimensioning and circulation.

Chapter 12. The Modulor ‘EN’.

Chapter 13. Physiology of viewing.

Chapter 14. Layout types and undulation.

Chapter 15. Principles of sightline calculation.

Chapter 16. Inclination and ‘polygonal transformation’.

Chapter 17. Parameter studies.

Chapter 18. Playing fields.

Chapter 19. Securing of the playing field.

Chapter 20. Adaptable stadia.

Chapter 21. Light and architecture.

Chapter 22. Natural versus artificial turf.

Chapter 23. The planning of significant roof structures.

Chapter 24. Grandstand profiles of built examples.

Chapter 25. Final evaluation of compendium.







Architects of the Football World Cup stadia, Germany 2006.

List of advertisers.

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Author Information

Dr (eng.) Stefan Nixdorf (architect) studied at RWTH Aachen University, where he also obtained his doctorate. Since 1996 he was able to gain considerable experience and expertise in the planning and execution of stadium structures, for example the conversion of Müngersdorfer Stadium into World Cup Stadium Cologne, realized by gmp Architects, Aachen. In 2006 he submitted his dissertation entitled ‘Sightlines and Safety – Grandstand Profiles of Modern Sports and Event Venues’, honoured with the Friedrich Wilhelm Award of RWTH Aachen. Stefan Nixdorf is presently working for agn Architects, on the design concept for the new stadium of German football club Alemannia Aachen and the conversion of the North Stand of Vfl Osnabrück.
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This StadiumATLAS is today's best researched book on contemporary state-of-the-art stadium design which should be present on the working table of every planner involved in this field.
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