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World Cup By The Numbers At one point during the World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann (head coach of the US Men’s National Soccer Team) caught some flak for complaining before their group stage match against Germany. Klinsmann claimed the U.S. Team had to crisscross all corners of Brazil, while tournament favorites had less strenuous travel schedules. “We have one day less to recover. They played yesterday, we played today. We played in the Amazon, they played in the locations where they don’t have to travel as much. Everything was done for the big favorites to move on. We have to do … Continued

We posted the first of a two-part blog on the World Cup Stadiums of Brazil and their impact on the host city’s urbanism.World Cup Urbanism – Part I Today we invite you to scan the remaining six stadiums as we await in anticipation the results of the remarkable 2014 World Cup. Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (capacity: 51,708) Located in one of Brazil’s oldest and most historic cities, Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova and its support structures (parking, public plazas, etc.) have an organic relationship with its context. Fitting nicely within the surrounding neighborhoods and highways, the stadium does … Continued

The 2014 World Cup extravaganza in Brazil has been replete with stellar sportsmanship and stunning spectacle. However, let’s take a look at the stadiums themselves, hosting hundreds of thousands of people throughout the month-long World Cup. Are they as good as the games on the field? Last week we wrote about how brilliantly Fenway Park is interwoven into Boston’s urban fabric — a post we called“Baseball Urbanism”. This week we venture into “World Cup Urbanism.” Not that all sports arenas should look or operate like Fenway Park, but can design trends be detected, and lessons learned, from evaluating Brazil’s World … Continued

Boston, Massachusetts has always had a legacy of greenways which help connect river ways, century-old parks and the harbor. Being the walkable-city that we are (currently third behind New York City and Washington D.C. according to Walk-Score) Boston boasts some visionary plans, shaped in part by famous landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Eliot. Among other planners they helped revolutionize Boston’s system of public spaces. Ironically, Boston is ninth-worst in the country for our traffic. In 2011, former Mayor Menino pledged to change Boston’s traffic issues by 2030, hoping to boost the rates of walking, biking and public transit … Continued

Fenway Park, built in 1912, celebrated its dedication with a World Series championship in its first year of baseball, and again, most recently, in 2013. But beyond its home victories, this sacrarium of summer’s prime pastime stands out as one of Boston’s most exemplary urban settings. Seating 37,499 seats during a game, Fenway Park is a landmark unbeknownst to many out-of-towners. Yet it is perfectly planted within the urban fabric of Kenmore Square’s extended neighborhood. When Roger Clemens arrived in Boston for the first time in 1984, he took a taxi from Logan Airport and thought the driver didn’t understand … Continued

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