Behold the new Coliseum

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Behold the new Coliseum

Postby nichols » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:02 am

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Postby nichols » Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:18 am

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New Coliseum?

Postby Deco Lover » Wed Apr 26, 2006 1:16 pm

"Cirque Du Football" anyone?

What amazes me is that this tented structure is going to cost
approx. $800 Million! Is FEMA doing the remodel? :D

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Postby Lynxwiler » Wed Apr 26, 2006 3:40 pm

Now that you mention it, Dodger Stadium shouldn't get left out in the rain by this Colusium remodel. It deserves a dome too!

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Postby nichols » Wed Apr 26, 2006 3:48 pm

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Postby L.A.kevin » Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:46 pm

Hey!

I think I know who's behind this...


The SCIENTOLOGISTS!!!!!


hail xenu!

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Postby moderns-r-us » Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:36 pm

It is not a Dome!

Look more closely. It is two seperate canopies over the seating.

Looks like they are playing on the success of Soldier Field's remodel for the Chicago Bears.

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Postby MoneyPitModern » Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:46 pm

The Soldier Field remodel is a financial success only. Aesthetically, it sucks. It looks like a giant toilet bowl landed on the the Parthenon.

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Postby MoneyPitModern » Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:26 am

The acclaim for Soldier Field by architecture critics is just a remake of "The Emperor's New Clothes." There is nothing appealing about that abortion hulking over Lake Shore Drive.

It looks like Kohler issued a commode embellished by Versace. It's the architectural equivalent of parking a double-wide atop a Frank Lloyd Wright home because you need more bedrooms.

Time is telling...

Soldier Field gets what it deserves
Lost landmark status may help other icons
By Blair Kamin
Tribune architecture critic

April 24, 2006

And so, the Big Lie about Soldier Field is finally and officially exposed.

From the first, the architects who designed the renovation of Soldier Field insisted that they were "saving one of Chicago's great landmarks." Those words, which appeared on the cover of the multimillion dollar stadium redesign plan they unveiled six years ago, were embraced by Mayor Richard M. Daley, the project's chief political backer. And they were swallowed whole by modernist ideologues whose blinders stopped them from seeing the architectural train wreck that was so apparent to everybody else.

And now, the federal government has branded those words -- "saving one of Chicago's great landmarks" -- for what they are: as worthless as junk bonds. That's one reason that the government's decision to strip Soldier Field of its national historic landmark status matters: It takes the Daley party line -- Soldier Field is still Soldier Field -- and shreds it.

But there's another reason you should care about the decision made by former Interior Department Secretary Gale Norton before she left office last month and finally announced last Friday. It sends a message that resounds far beyond Chicago: Don't mess with the nation's most venerated sites, not if your design is going to make it look, as this one did, like the Starship Enterprise crash-landed atop the Parthenon. The feds won't let you get away with it, especially if they have the power to stop you in your tracks financially, which, unfortunately, they lacked in this case.

There are fewer than 2,500 national historic landmarks compared with about 80,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places. The elite roster includes the Empire State Building, the White House and the Carson Pirie Scott & Co. store in the Loop. These buildings, the government has determined, tell essential parts of the nation's story. Their form is inseparable from their meaning. Very rarely does one of them get booted off the list.

To be sure, Norton's decision has no practical impact on the lakefront stadium that Sports Illustrated branded "the Eyesore on Lake Shore" and I called the equivalent of William "Refrigerator" Perry sitting his ample haunches atop a picket fence. Soldier Field isn't going to go away, even though we wish it might. But that doesn't render Norton's decision meaningless.

When preservationists lose a highly publicized battle over a historic building, they often take solace in the prospect that the attention generated by the case will help them save other buildings in the future. One building dies, it is said, so that others might live. Now, in a variation on that theme, the defaced Soldier Field is likely to help prevent other historic landmarks from being similarly marred. It is, in effect, a fallen soldier, which is fitting in a bittersweet sort of way given that the stadium was meant from its conception to honor the 120,144 U.S. soldiers killed in World War I.

Norton's decision should validate the feelings of all those who were infuriated by the renovation, which was completed in 2003 and was principally designed by Ben Wood and Carlos Zapata, formerly of Boston, for their clients, the Chicago Bears.

When you sit inside Soldier Field's new seating bowl, you experience a marvelously intimate stadium, one whose swooping, cantilevered video boards exhibit a powerful stylized athleticism. The problem is that the bowl completely blocks your views of the flanking rows of Doric columns that framed such events as speeches by Martin Luther King and Franklin Roosevelt, huge religious gatherings, Army-Navy games and the Dempsey-Tunney "long count" fight. And when you approach the stadium, especially the bloated western grandstand weighing down on its once-proud colonnade, you see that the columns have been neutered and been made to look like matchsticks, rather than being subsumed, as the architects claimed, into a greater aesthetic whole.

If you obliterate a building's form, the government's decision suggests, you obliterate its meaning. Norton wisely ignored the arguments of those who claimed that Soldier Field retained its historic significance, irrespective of how it looked. Perhaps they would like to drop a steel-and-glass box inside the White House.

This is not to say that every national historic landmark should be a frozen-in-time museum piece. But the government is wisely drawing a line between a mix of old and new that reinvigorates the past, as Britain's Lord Norman Foster has done with his exhilarating glass dome atop the German Reichstag, and a mix of old and new, like the one at Soldier Field, that renders the past unrecognizable. If you cross that line, the consequences aren't just aesthetic. The standards for rehabilitating national landmark sites help determine whether proposed developments qualify for millions of dollars in federal tax credits. These and other federal funding mechanisms weren't used on Soldier Field, leaving the government powerless to stop it. But follow the money and it leads directly to this message: Try anything like Soldier Field and the feds won't fund you.

Perhaps the best way to grasp the power and wisdom of the government's decision is to imagine the statement it would have made by keeping Soldier Field on the national historic landmark list: Open season on the nation's most venerated places. Now, at least, they're safer -- even if Chicago bears the cost of this victory at its officially disfigured Soldier Field.

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New Coliseum?

Postby Deco Lover » Fri Apr 28, 2006 6:51 pm

The photo of Soldier Field looks like something from 'Independence Day',
as it awaits to be blown-up. Considering what the outcome was with
the remodel, being blown-up would have easier on the eyes.

My recommendations are for anyone who cherishes the existing
Memorial Coliseum, is to plan a day and take as many photographs
as possible, before it becomes a landing site for Scientologists.

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Postby nichols » Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:35 am

DAILY NEWS says no billion dollar spaceship for the coliseum after all...

NFL tells L.A. to forget about new team, cites $1 billion cost of coliseum overhaul

BY RICK ORLOV, Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 10/21/2007 05:40:14 AM PDT

NO NFL IN LA? Are the city and the NFL making a big mistake by not considering the Coliseum, even with the $1 billion renovation price tag? Sound-off in our Reader Response blog!
Los Angeles officials have refused to talk about it, but the NFL flat out told them three months ago that a professional football team will not be coming to the Coliseum, the Daily News has learned.

According to letters obtained by the Daily News, the city's latest hope of luring an NFL team involved pleading for Los Angeles to host a Super Bowl to try to regenerate interest in moving a team to the city.

Despite an apparent lack of interest from the National Football League last year, Coliseum Commission President and City Councilman Bernard Parks just months ago wrote again to invite the league to Los Angeles.

But in an exchange of letters, NFL Vice President Neil Glat said league owners think the "economic risks" are too great to commit $1 billion to renovate the Coliseum.,,

http://www.dailynews.com/breakingnews/ci_7237860

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Postby Synthetrix » Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:39 pm

After more than 10 years without a pro football team in L.A. I have gotten used to it. I certainly do not want the city to have to foot the bill to bring a team here. If they think it's too much of a financial risk then so be it.
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