The Fight Over Tokyo's Olympic Stadium Is Getting Very, Very Ugly 

We already knew that Japanese architects (and the public) are no fans of Zaha Hadid's massive Olympic stadium—they've been protesting the design for a year. But last month things escalated—rapidly—when a whole slew of new insults emerged, and now, Hadid has responded. It's pretty bad! » 12/10/14 6:31pm 12/10/14 6:31pm

Casino Designers Have a Whole New Theory About How to Manipulate You

Why can't you stop gambling? Many people would say it's because the windowless, maze-like layout of casinos is designed to keep you mesmerized by the games. But scientists argue that the most successful casinos keep you playing with a new set of psychological tricks. » 12/05/14 3:44pm 12/05/14 3:44pm

Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

It's been almost exactly six months since the Sochi Olympics wrapped up and the world promptly moved on to speculating about the Rio 2016. Since then, the area has been left holding the proverbial bag—which as Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy shows us, is full of too many buildings and not enough people to… » 8/25/14 5:08pm 8/25/14 5:08pm

How Vacant World Cup Stadiums Could Be Turned Into Housing

The World Cup ends this weekend, leaving Brazil with the heady task of deciding what, exactly, to do with the 12 stadiums that were built or converted for games. Two architects have published a proposal to convert the stadiums into something Brazil desperately needs: Affordable housing. » 7/11/14 4:15pm 7/11/14 4:15pm

Qatar Is Canceling Four Of Its 12 Planned World Cup Stadiums

After a year of ballooning costs, delays, and controversy over its labor practices, Qatar is cutting back. According to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek, organizers have decided to drastically scale back plans to construct a dozen new stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. » 4/21/14 12:16pm 4/21/14 12:16pm

Finally, A Stadium Shaped Like A Crocodile

I'm as baffled as you are that it's taken so long, but it seems someday we still might get the stadium we've all known architecture really needs: Turkey's Burasapor soccer team, nicknamed the "Green Crocodiles," could soon be getting an architectural masterpiece, a structure that will rival the greatest palaces of the… » 4/11/14 6:42pm 4/11/14 6:42pm

A First Look at Tomorrow's Super-Stadiums for Gamers

The future of gaming? Huge stadiums, like those for football and soccer, with cavernous interiors and screaming fans. That's the vision of Kansas City-based architects Populous, designers of sports venues all over the world, including London's 2012 Olympic stadium. » 12/06/13 11:23am 12/06/13 11:23am

Qatar's New World Cup Stadium Will Look Like a Giant Vagina

In preparation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the architectural firm responsible for the stadium's design has released a short animation revealing their future plans. Any discerning human will be quick to recognize that the building looks exactly like an enormous vagina. » 11/18/13 12:41pm 11/18/13 12:41pm

Is the Long-Abandoned Astrodome Worth Saving?

When the Houston Astrodome opened in 1965, it was hailed as technological marvel, the first enclosed, air-conditioned stadium ever—and the "eighth wonder of the world," according to some Texans. By 1995, it was so dilapidated that players refused to use it. Today, it’s an abandoned shell with a different nickname:… » 9/13/13 3:43pm 9/13/13 3:43pm

Tokyo's Clever Plan to Reuse 1964 Olympic Stadiums for the 2020 Games

Tokyo was chosen as the host of the 2020 Olympics this weekend, based on a $5 billion bid that's surprisingly slim compared to the money spent by other recent host cities. The crux of their proposal (besides that whole ice wall around Fukushima thing)? A plan to retrofit three major venues originally built for the… » 9/09/13 12:41pm 9/09/13 12:41pm

That Insane New Falcons Stadium Is Really Going To Happen

From a pair of ideas floated in April, the Falcons have chosen the official conceptual design for their new stadium, set to begin construction next year. It features an eight-piece roof that will twist closed—essentially an iris diaphragm. We hereby nominate, for a nickname, "The Sphincter." » 6/18/13 4:25pm 6/18/13 4:25pm

This Is The New Vikings Stadium

Last night, at a formal presentation at Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater, the Vikings released the first renderings of their new billion-dollar stadium. » 5/14/13 10:17am 5/14/13 10:17am

You'll Be Able To See The Bay Bridge From Inside The Warriors' New Arena

The Warriors have released updated renderings of their potential arena on the San Francisco waterfront. It's tough to give the interior of a basketball arena much character, but if the final product looks anything like the preliminary designs, this one is going to be sweet. » 5/06/13 3:18pm 5/06/13 3:18pm

Yes, The New Brooklyn Nets Arena Is Deliberately Covered With Rust. No,…

Elizabeth A. Harris's New York Times piece today asks the question everyone else forgot to ask: Why is the Barclays Center, home of the relocated and rebranded Brooklyn Nets, covered with rust? » 8/27/12 4:25pm 8/27/12 4:25pm

The Mets' Regrets: Will You Start Loving Citi Field If It Gets Uglier?

So now the ballpark of the moment is glassy and modern and full of moving fish, leaving the retro-style ballparks of the previous moment kaput. What happens to all those teams that are stuck with suddenly unfashionable nostalgia-parks? (And are stuck with them for a very long time.) » 4/16/12 3:59pm 4/16/12 3:59pm