Location: Des Moines, IA, USA
Categories: Public Buildings, Public Space, Public Infrastructure, Sport Infrastructure
Submission deadline: May 18, 2021, at 15:00 GTM
Language: English
Organizers: Uni.xyz


Summary: The challenge is to design a concept stadium for national and international events in a small city, such that the setup could be used/reused for many purposes beyond sports. The sheer culmination of many facilities and building services makes a stadium an ideal box to serve many functions beyond sports. E.g. A public space, or a Market or a Fitness park, and many more such examples. The multi-use perspective is seen in a time span of decades where a stadium might sit idle for more than half a year.

Description: Stadiums in the past banked on exclusivity that live sports could offer. The closed structure is a result of a thought when narrow gates were ticketed and then sports was served live. This was the only way to consume the thrill of live sports in the past, which explains ‘why’ the crowd. 

Today thanks to our advancement in long-distance transmission, almost every major esports can be live previewed in our palms. The closed structure of stadiums which was then a necessity is now open to experimentation.

The objective of this challenge is to bring out design ideas that can shape the stadiums of the future with a fresh outlook by making them more useful to our coming ages. The problem is leaning towards tapping the unrealized potential of futuristic stadium designs.

Entries shall be evaluated on originality of the idea, concept, technology use, cost-effectiveness, future use, and overall functioning of the premises. 

The following objectives can be a point of beginning to conceive this design:

Functional: Primarily it should be a functionally sound soccer stadium.
Adaptability: Reflect on alternate uses of the stadium premise (Stands, Parking, etc.) without damaging the match grounds. 
Place: Represent values of cultural/regional/local context in the design.
Afterlife Uses: Reflect on new uses after the stadium is decommissioned for a bigger stadium in a different location.

Read more about this competition here!


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