Stadium Worlds: Football, Space and the Built Environment by Sybille Frank, Silke Steets

By Sybille Frank, Silke Steets

Analyzing soccer as a cultural perform, this e-book investigates the relationship among the game and its outfitted atmosphere. 4 thematic sections compile a world multi-disciplinary diversity of views with specific specialise in the stadium.

Examples from architectural layout, media reports and archaeology are used whereas learning ads, economics, migration, fandom, neighborhood identities, feelings, gender, and the sociology of house. Texts and case-studies increase this helpful e-book for academics and researchers in sociology, cultural reviews, geography, structure, recreation and environment.

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It is becoming the arena of the new post-­Fordist family. The apparently benign plastic seat represents a profound social transformation. ROOFS: THE CONGREGATION OF TRANSNATIONAL CAPITAL Since the erection of San Siro’s extraordinary roof in 1990, one of the most impressive aspects of contemporary stadium design has been the new roofing structures which have appeared. Initially, the appearance of new roofs can be explained in purely functional terms. The installation of seats necessitated an expansion of the grounds because seating takes up far more space than ter­ racing.

It is notable that Milan took over the running of the San Siro in July 2000. Nevertheless, as yet, no fundamental revision of ground ownership or design has occurred in Italy. In the face of financial pressures, clubs have not transformed their business models. On the contrary, in the 2005–6 season, 24  The New European Stadium ■ Juventus, with other major Italian clubs, AC Milan, Florentino and Lazio, pursued a strategy of systematic corruption, manipulating the selection of referees in critical matches.

They have designed structures which reject symmetry, order and function. Glass, communicating a new global geography, has been very important in this postmodern revolution (Jones 2006: 563) as Fredric Jameson has shown. For Jameson, the era of multinational capital and postmodern culture is embodied architecturally in new structures like the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. He describes how the Bonaventure Hotel subverts the codes of rational modernist architecture, defying mappable space and disorienting the individual (Jameson 1991: 44).

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