Date of Submission
Bachelor of Architecture
Ameen Farooq, PhD
Being around sports growing up has given me some experiences that have shaped who I am today. Playing and watching sports is a common activity amongst my friends and family. These events spark engagement and camaraderie between us. The stadium in which these sports are played within are a key component to this engagement. They bring people together to enjoy and root on your favorite teams along side thousands of other fans.
Stadiums today are becoming a remarkable instrument to generate communal spirit besides marketing, recruiting and hosting games for universities. The iconic design of these stadiums has become more complex. They have pushed the limits of technology and design however their iconic design is not without the parking wasteland that creates an island of a specific sports activities.
I believe that KSU must consider student life for all students to better embed the sports facilities they intend to build by substituting the large amounts of parking surface area with a more productive program to foster a strong sense of communal spirit—an active micro community. A place where students, faculty and visitors share the festive and competitive nature of sports as well as their education at KSU.
Research has time and again shown that baseball stadiums with stronger spatial connection to their social surroundings have become strong social hubs to serve their communities well.
Kennesaw State University is regularly adding surface parking in an effort to accommodate its exponential growth. As well as building new sports facilities with a weak connection to campus communal and student activities.
My project aims to design a new baseball stadium in KSU connecting the fragmented spatial pieces of the campus to foster a cohesive fabric of spatial patterns that should generate an active community of students. Supported by a mixed used developments and a retail spine.
My thesis project (Baseball Stadium) aims to eliminate the wasteland of parking dead space and fragmented spatial patterns in KSU with program that pushes the spirit of live-work-play-study for student success—an immersive and vibrant micro community of students catalyzed by a Baseball Stadium—to bring spatial cohesion to the spatial fragmentation of our North Campus
Chaphe, Christopher, "Pitching Change: Micro-Community of Higher Learning" (2020). Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year. 112.