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About project

Historically the stadium has been seen as one of the most powerful political, social and cultural “devices” in our urban environment. As the focus for events, sporting and entertainment extravaganzas, the stadium as a building typology arguably exerts an influence on the social and physical fabric of our cities to a greater extent than any other building type.

At the moment a great body of stadiums in Russia stay typologically "the first-generation stadia" whose purpose is basically to host a number of spectators in a situation when there is no TV broadcasting and sports events can be watched just live. Mostly, they are facilities with no architectural value, uncomfortable to some extent and the provision of facilities is basic. Stands are made of concrete and filled with wooden benches, sometimes also provided with a small corrugate roof for the most important spectators. This model was introduced in Great Britain and, alongside with the passion for football, was exported to the rest of the world. This first generation of stadia took different forms until the end of the Fifties, when they were confronted with a sudden reduction in the number of spectators caused by beginning of TV era. Cities could satisfy the requirements of spectators in their new equipped, commercial and flexible stadiums, but small towns- couldn't.

In different parts of the country stadiums still keep their local identity. By way of an example in the Tver region they are often surrounded by concrete blocks, the stadium in karelian Pryazha has a wooden stockade, football pitches in the Murmansk region haven't grass cover due to their location in the polar area. Commonplace throughout the country are the churches situated next to the stadiums. Churches and stadiums can be considered as the key elements of the ideal town. The unique object in the infrastructure of most stadiums is the scoreboard, often renovated by a local painter to the new game and includes digits rearranged by the ball boys during the match.

The aim of the "Grassroots" project- to draw attention to remote unique stadiums across Russia, to show the place of the stadium in the urban infrastructure, to analyze the stadium location in a town, it's impact on the local community.