Sport, Space &  Urban Designban Design

The role that sports facilities are considered to play in the regeneration of urban areas has been well documented. Several cities bidding to host the Summer Olympiad have citied urban regeneration as part of their motivation for hosting the Games. This strategy has trickled down so that smaller events and single facilities are now expected to stimulate further economic benefits and physical regeneration. However, not all developments have delivered on these expectations and many are poorly integrated into the urban fabric, disconnected from developments around them by road networks and large parking lots.

This book presents a review of stadia development from football stadia and cricket grounds constructed in dense urban areas, to Olympic campus developments and relocated football stadia in suburban and edge city locations. The chapters will compare their impacts on and relationships to their surrounding area using a range of international case studies, and reviews attempts to retrofit some developments. Using illustrations and photographs, this book presents a new hierarchy of sports facilities that seek to further inform the debate on stadia redevelopment and provide architects, urban designers, landscape architects and planners with a catalogue of best practice case studies to inform future designs.

Kat Martindale

Kat Martindale is a researcher, writer, consultant and lecturer. Originally educated as an architect (Plymouth), then urban designer (Oxford Brookes), and urban geographer (St Catherine's College, Oxford) before landing in Sydney to read for a PhD in urban and regional planning policy.  Kat has won nine international awards and scholarships for her work.

Kat has worked for academic institutions, private consultancies, think tanks, charities and government offices in the UK, US and Australia. This has included working on land use policy, new town masterplans, city and town centre management, residential development policy, citizen engagement and participation, post occupancy evaluation and management, community development, heritage management, fuel poverty, environmental benchmarking, homelessness and housing for the elderly and disabled.

Kat is Academician at the Academy of Urbanism, Full Member of the Planning Institute of Australia, Collaborative Democracy Network, Sustainable Development Research Network and Urban Design Group.  And best of all, a Cricketeer at Edgbaston for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.