presentation-discussion led by Rob Carter
When: Monday, 12th Nov ’07 @ 6:00pm
Where: Main Auditorium, Mint Museum of Art (Randolph Rd.)
Once upon a time, the focal point of a city was defined by a cathedral or other religious monument devised to bring people into one place to worship. Today, a corporate tower or two usually defines the average US city skyline, but the monument to mass community togetherness is often manifested in the form of a sports arena. A business franchise is at the heart of these multi-million dollar ventures, but the point for the city’s population is somewhere in between entertainment and worship.
As a focal point of a community no other structure demands more thought and planning, but their presence and design is increasingly temporary whilst the impact on the surroundings is more permanent.
How have we arrived at this point? Is there an ideal architectural solution for imposing this type of building on a community? Is the problem in the architectural design itself? To be blunt, why are American stadiums of the last 40 years so ugly?
Taking these buildings to be the new cathedral of a city, we will also consider the importance of ‘a leap of faith’. Sport, religion and art all attempt to woo their viewer/participant by various means, but fundamentally they all require a leap of faith to form a lasting interest. Contemporary art, sports and religion rarely like to rub shoulders with one another, but is this because people do not see the common ground, or are afraid of how much they share?
Join us on Nov 12th as we consider these questions and more.