The project I have decided to pursue for my thesis is the development of an arena located on the Bowling Green State University campus. The campus plans to build a new arena by 2012. They have chosen a site which is location 1 on the site analysis drawings. I will be questioning this site location, and explore other opportunities closer to the core of campus.
Arenas have remained widely unchanged for many years, except for the amenities they contain. I have researched several case studies that are exceptions, one of which being the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. This arena utilizes kinetic architecture to provide a transforming space for small uses such as basketball games and small concerts, but can expand seating capacity 10x for large concerts and American football games.
There is an opportunity for a university arena to take on these transformative capabilities to utilize all of the available square footage. I will be exploring possibilities of lecture halls doubling as seating for arena events, and indoor structure transforming into outdoor amphitheater space.