Eisenman Architects/The University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals

Todd Gannon

     8 × 9 in (20.3 × 22.9 cm)
160 pages
200 color illustrations, 50 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568987200

The basic form of the American sports stadium has not changed much in the last century. But in an unexpected and controversial act of daring, the Arizona Cardinals football team selected awarding-winning architect and intellectual provocateur Peter Eisenman to design their stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Opened in the summer of 2006, Eisenman's latest work rejects all traditional and staid notions of the sports stadium. Inspired by and sectioned like a barrel cactus, its shell is composed of huge, steel paraboloid sections. The domed stadium boasts a steel-and-fabric retractable roof that allows light to penetrate when closed while maintaining an airy feel inside. The most groundbreaking feature of the design is its grass rollout field, which remains outside the stadium until game time, when it is rolled in on steel wheel sets powered by small electric motors. Eisenman Architects, the eighth volume in the Source Books in Architecture series, provides a comprehensive look at a contemporary masterpiece and a landmark of excellence in civic and sports architecture.

Todd Gannon (MArch, BS Arch; Ohio State) is an architect, educator, and writer based in Los Angeles. He has taught architectural theory and design at The Ohio State University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Otis College of Art and Design. As series editor of Source Books in Architecture, he has published books on the work of Morphosis, Bernard Tschumi, UN Studio, Steven Holl, Mack Scogin/Merrill Elam, Zaha Hadid, and on the MoMA exhibition "Light Construction." Volumes currently in production include studies of Peter Eisenman and COOP Himmelblau. His essays have appeared in Log, Loud Paper, Dialogue, and elsewhere. In professional practice, he served as lead designer and project manager for major facilities for Limited Too and the Columbus College of Art and Design as well as for numerous private residences. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at UCLA that focuses on the British architectural collaborative Archigram and the emergence of collective architectural practices in the 1960s.

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