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Innovation in motion : contemporary conception for the Dukla sports complex, a sporting area with one of the greatest potentials in Pardubice, Czech Republic

Tiziana Donadio, Assunta Anna Di Iorio

Innovation in motion : contemporary conception for the Dukla sports complex, a sporting area with one of the greatest potentials in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

Rel. Luigi Buzzacchi, Marianna Nigra. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Per Il Progetto Sostenibile, 2016

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The idea of developing this thesis was born from our personal experience of trainee- ship in Prague. During this time spent in Czech Republic, we worked on different kind of project, one of them called “Abundare”, it was based on the design of a new sports center in Fulnek; energy and dedication have been spent on this project which allowed us to grow professionally. Thanks to this and to the passion and the culture of local people for healthy living and for sports activities, we decided to solve the challenge for a new multipurpose facility in Pardubice, a little city not far from Prague. The project area was visited on the spot: the biggest part of the complex is unused, there are buildings with different characteristics that often do not meet current standards for both proper physical activities for pupils and users that for all those clubs who play sports at competitive. Driven by these reasons we have chosen to analyze in terms of possible strategies to apply, some case studies: in this work, we collected the results of researches, that are aimed at adaptability of sports facilities to user’s needs and explore the spatial integration of sport facilities and the mixing of sport with other functions. Is it possible to reinforce sport inside urban environments, instead of pushing it’s away because of no attractive investment reasons? Aim is to understand how sport can be integrated physical in cities and urban environments, to design a functional and innovative solution in Pardubice. We have collected overview of inspiring examples and methodologies applied in different places which shows all the benefits can derive from those architecture, and how to pursue success through spatial and programmatic relation of the sport facility with its direct surroundings. What can be learned from successful examples from sport? What is spatially possible? What organizational aspects are essential for this purpose? How to apply the results by new and renewal projects? The first part of the work is aimed to analyze positive and negative impacts of those architecture on society, economy and urban structure. In this part, studies from the 20th century examine how facilities are important engines of economic growth, on the other hand some other case that found no evidence of positive economic impact of facilities on urban economy, are also described. By the comparison of the results, we have decided to apply our “our process for the measurement of benefits”. It was carried out first on the current state and then on the project, considering mainly the tools and components required to achieve with the new proposal, some good degree of innovation and quality. This analysis was useful to find sustainability strategies, innovative architectural solutions which can respond to required changes to buildings over time in line with current requirements of owners and users of the buildings. Ultimately, results of the various examples, data collected and our analysis are translated into a design project which consists of spatial, programmatic aspects developed to improve the existing situation and for new assignments (asked by the brief of the contest) where the main goal is to integrate sport physical and programmatic with its urban environment and introduce strategic goals to develop and grow new opportunities for the entire city.

Relators: Luigi Buzzacchi, Marianna Nigra
Publication type: Printed
Subjects: A Architettura > AF Buildings and equipment for leisure, social activities, sport
U Urbanistica > UK Pianificazione urbana
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Per Il Progetto Sostenibile
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-04 - ARCHITECTURE AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING
Aziende collaboratrici: UNSPECIFIED
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/5866


0.0 Introduction

0.1 Objectives

0.2 Executive Summary



1.0 Competitive Market Assessment and Facility Recommendations


2.0 General Market Overview

2.1 Demographic and Economic Statistics

2.2 Area employment


3.0 Trends and Potential Demand

3.1 Facility Requirements

3.2 Sports participation trends

3.3 Organizational context in Czech Republic

3.4 Potential demand generators


4 Comparable Facility Case Studies

4.1 The case of the Darebin International Sport Center

4.2 Participation as a function of program attractiveness

4.3 Positive and negative impacts: the controversy


5.0 Program in Pardubice: measurement of benefits

5.1 Indicators for a sustainable design

5.2 Innovation and the value-add of architecture

5.3 Our process for the measurement of benefits



6.0 Pardubice Place and history

6.1 Localization of the city

6.2 Historical background

6.3 Sport traditions

6.4 Public facilities and sport events

6.5 Historical core

6.6 Architecture of 20th century


7.0 Site analysis

7.1 Green areas

7.2 Road transport

7.3 Rail transport

7.4 Air transport


8.0 Climate analysis

8.1 Natural conditions and weather

8.2 Precipitation

8.3 Wind


9.0 Social analysis

9.1 Population

9.2 Sports

9.3 Use of sports building

9.4 Economy


10.0 Analysis of the area

10.1 Requirements from the brief

10.2 Programme


11.0 Analysis of some sport architectures

11.1 Problems connected to these typologies

11.2 Take inspiration from


12.0 Project limits and opportunities

12.1 Functional zones

12.2 Primary identification

12.3 Limits and opportunities

12.4 Matrix


13.0 Concept

13.1 Eadweard Muybridge 13.2Sketches


14.0 Solving

14.1 Building A_ Innovation in motion

14.2 Building B_ Basketball Hall

14.3 Building C_ Inflatable Hall

14.4 Building D_ Quarantine





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