CLASS 220 Essay 2 - CLASS 220 Paper 2 Architectural...

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CLASS 220 Alina Lane Paper 2 Nov. 16, 2007 Architectural Analysis of Schoellkopf Stadium (with basic plan showing seating and field) The popular adage “history repeats itself” is certainly demonstrated when we compare the past architecture of the classical world with modern buildings and structures. Working on the campus of Cornell University provides us with an opportunity to observe architectural orders, structural forms, and plans within campus buildings which mirror those of buildings found in a historical context. Not only are these architectural techniques borrowed, but they have been altered to help adapt to the needs of the modern society. One such structure is Schoellkopf Stadium, home of the football, lacrosse, field hockey, and many other sports teams’ competitions. Schoellkopf Stadium consists of an elongated semi-circle which runs parallel to the field. The field includes a full length football field surrounded by a track, and the entire arena area is approximately 140 meters long by 70 meters wide. The round edge of the semi-circle is elevated at about a 30 ˚ angle from the ground. The stadium’s face is covered in steel and aluminum stands which seats 25,597 people. The entire structure is mainly formed of concrete. There are several very important characteristics of this building which makes its structure excellent and enduring; the ability to support the frame beneath the seating, the method of entering and exiting, and the ability to view the field from any point on the stand are a few. Schoellkopf Stadium also has a covered walkway along the top of the stadium, and a wall with windows on the top level. Many of the features of the stadium can also be found in ancient Roman architecture. The reliability and practicality proves
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that the ancient society was tremendously technologically advanced for their era in the field of construction. The main strength of the structure relies on a series of arches.
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2008 for the course CLASS 2700 taught by Professor Bowes during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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CLASS 220 Essay 2 - CLASS 220 Paper 2 Architectural...

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