Field of Dreams: The architecture of sport – now and tomorrow

The London 2012 Olympic Stadium

The Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum and Director, Tim Knox, invite you to a reception and conversation

Field of Dreams: The architecture of sport – now and tomorrow.
Presented by Rod Sheard, Senior Principal of Populous, In conversation with Paul Finch.

12 July 2012 At Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP
Reception at 6.30pm – conversation between Rod Sheard and Paul Finch starts at 7.15pm (ends approx 8.15pm) Museum closes at 9.00pm

In April 2009, it was announced that Populous has been chosen to provide the Architectural & Overlay Design Services for the Games. Populous has also designed the main stadium. The company is playing a major role in bringing the Olympic and Paralympic Games to London in 2012 as well as being the sponsor of the new exhibition at the Soane Museum Stadia: Sport and Vision in Architecture which opens to the public on 6 July. (The exhibition, which will be open for guests to view, explores the origins of the modern sports stadium in antiquity and will look at how modern architects have both responded to this legacy and gone beyond it.)

Rod Sheard, Senior Principal of Populous is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world on many aspects of stadia and large spectator venue design, the place they take in our lives and where the future of these spectacular buildings is heading. Rod has authored and co-authored a number of books, including Stadia — A Design and Development Guide, Sports Architecture, and The Stadium — Architecture for the New Global Culture.

Paul Finch is deputy chair of the Design Council. He edited BD from 1983 to 1994, and the Architects’ Journal from 1994 to 1999. He also edited the Architectural Review from 2005 to 2009, launching the World Architecture Festivalin 2008. Paul is currently editorial director of both titles, and director of the festival.

Places are strictly limited. Please rsvp to Mike Nicholson (020 7440 4241 to reserve places. There is no charge for Patrons or their guests.

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