The elegant design provides an impetus for a new kind of arena. [7], The company is one of several Kansas City-based sports design firms that trace their roots to Kivett and Myers which designed the Truman Sports Complex which was one of the first modern large single purpose sports stadiums (previously, stadiums were designed for multipurpose use). Learn more about the impact our projects have had on communities. Populous is a global architectural and design practice specializing in sports facilities, arenas and convention centers, as well as the planning and design of major special events. We create places for people to laugh, to cry, to high five, to celebrate, and to be a part of something bigger than themselves. For over 35 years and with 3,000 built projects, Populous has designed and delivered some of the world’s most memorable civic, sports and entertainment buildings, from iconic stadia to ground-breaking live music venues. [20], One writer in The New Yorker said it is "not quite right to credit or blame Populous" for trends in their new stadiums—as it is ultimately team owners that plan what they want in future stadiums—but they "certainly enabled" such changes. T-Mobile Arena, an AEG and MGM Resorts International joint venture, melds the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas Boulevard with the area's spectacular surrounding landscape. Working with communities of all sizes and using a range of disciplines, we create experiences that amplify the joy felt in shared human moments. One sportswriter said the attempt to emulate the old parks in this way is "contrived. [5] In 2005, it moved into its headquarters at 300 Wyandotte in the River Market neighborhood in a new building it designed, on land developed as an urban renewal project through tax incentives from the city's Planned Industrial Expansion Authority. Populous was created through a management buyout in January 2009, becoming independently owned and operated. On several projects, HOK Sport had teamed with international design practice LOBB Partnership, which maintained offices in London, England, and Brisbane, Australia. The firm initially consisted of eight architects in Kansas City, and grew to employ 185 people by 1996.[4]. The Kansas City, Missouri, office was first based in the city's Garment District in the Lucas Place office building. [9] At Camden Yards, and in other stadiums built by Populous soon thereafter, such as Coors Field in Denver and Progressive Field in Cleveland, the ballpark was designed to incorporate aesthetic elements of the city's history and older "classic ballparks." On HOK Sport's 15th anniversary in November 1998, the firm merged with LOBB. We ask questions, observe people and apply experience honed over four decades and thousands of projects. "Of the desert” skin wraps the arena with rolling bands of metal that evoke the color and sedimentary layering of the desert mountains. ", "Architects, Dyer and Lions to brainstorm ideas for MLS stadium design", "Las Vegas Breaks Ground On INSANE New Venue",, Articles with dead external links from June 2016, Wikipedia articles that may have off-topic sections from March 2019, All articles that may have off-topic sections, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Sports, entertainment, events, conference and exhibition centre architecture, Pennsylvania State University Training Facility – University Park, Pennsylvania (1999), Texas A&M Bright Football Complex, College Station, U.S. (2015), Brisbane Broncos Training, Administration and Community Facility, Brisbane, Australia (2017), University of Houston Athletics and Alumni Center – Houston, Texas (1995), Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Centre, San Antonio, U.S. (2016), 1987 – Super Bowl XXI – Pasadena, California, 2002–2007 – NFL Pro Bowl – Honolulu, Hawaii, 2007-present – NFL London Games – London, England, 2017-present – NFL Pro Bowl – Orlando, Florida. [22] While some, including Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, support the development of the London Venue,[23] others are concerned about the feasibility of the plans. Chris Kyriakakis, audio signal processing professor at the Los Angeles USC Viterbi School of Engineering, foresees serious acoustic problems due to the venue's spherical shape. This page was last edited on 10 November 2020, at 00:30. The new practice retained headquarters in all three cities. With programs established as early as 1898, SPDC has a history of producing successful graduates in diverse careers. Whereas "classic" ballparks like Fenway Park were given strange dimensions simply because of the limitations provided by the plots of land on which the parks were built, new stadiums do not feature such restrictions. "[15], Camden Yards was hugely popular with baseball fans, and its success convinced many cities to invest public funds in their own new ballparks to help revitalize struggling urban neighborhoods. Populous is a global architecture and design firm that designs the places where people love to be together, like Yankee Stadium, the London Olympics, and the Super Bowl. 1986 – FIFA/UNICEF World All Star Game – Los Angeles, California, U.S. 2002 – Modern Pentathlon World Championships – Stanford, California, U.S. 2004 – The Main Street Event – Houston, Texas, U.S. In 1983, HOK under Jerry Sincoff created a sports group (initially called the Sports Facilities Group and later changed to HOK Sport Venue Event). For other uses, see, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, Motera Stadium, University of California, San Diego Tritons, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. (Bid; lost to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), "History of HOK Group, Inc. – FundingUniverse", "HOK Sport Venue Event changes name to Populous – Kansas City Business Journal", "Thanks. Other firms with sports design presence in Kansas City that trace their roots to Kivett include Ellerbe Becket Inc. and HNTB Corp.. 360 Architecture is also based in Kansas City. "[11] Starting with Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati in 2003, a number of Populous Sport's stadiums featured more contemporary and even futuristic designs. [8], Populous is credited for spearheading a new era of baseball park design in the 1990s, beginning with Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Populous is a global architectural design firm that creates some of the world’s most memorable buildings. [6] In March 2009, HOK Sport Venue Event changed its name to Populous after a managers' buyout by HOK Group. Our academic programs are accredited and produce career-ready graduates. [14] From 1992 to 2012, HOK Sport/Populous were the lead architects on 14 Major League Baseball stadiums and helped renovate four existing stadiums. This concept by architecture studio Populous for a new stadium in San Diego, California, features a sculptural facade clad in a kinetic screen that moves with the wind (+ slideshow). Places that make memories and deliver unforgettable experiences. At Populous, we have over 2,500 projects that fill our portfolio, but it’s the millions of people who experience them who matter most. "[15], In addition, a number of commentators have criticized what they see as a tendency to cater new ballparks toward wealthier ticket buyers, such as with expanded use of luxury suites instead of cheaper, conventional seating. [5], In October 2015, Populous relocated to its new Americas headquarters at the newly renovated Board of Trade building at 4800 Main street near the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. Our approach starts with you at the table. Subsequent stadium exteriors featuring this motif opened in Washington, DC and Minnesota. The School of Planning, Design and Construction offers four separately accredited programs with a mix of classes and subject areas that can be tailored to each students' interest. [25], "HOK Sport Venue Event" redirects here. Working with communities of all sizes and using a. , we create experiences that amplify the joy felt in shared human moments. We’re a global design firm with colleagues spanning four continents. [12][13][14] And because the stadiums were designed for baseball instead of several sports, the sightlines were "uniformly excellent. It is reported to be one of the largest architecture firms in the world. We design the places where people love to be together. Now Scram – An $8 million "public" parking garage in the River Market looks awfully private", "Populous will move from River Market to Plaza area – Kansas City Business Journal", "Is the Retro Ballpark Movement Officially Over? Our unrivalled knowledge, both technical and visionary, sets the stage for the next generation of venues. [21], In early 2018 Populous, together with Madison Square Garden Company, announced plans to construct two grandiose entertainment arenas: Sphere Las Vegas and Sphere London. [16], Populous's designs across Major League Baseball have become so prevalent that some critics have asserted that the distinctiveness that was originally found in early "retro" ballparks is impossible to maintain: "There are nearly 20 [new ballparks] around the league, [so] their heterogeneity has come to seem altogether homogenous." Our global practice work from 15 offices across the world with a culturally diverse team of specialist architects and designers bringing a unique combination of international and local expertise and knowledge to every project, to create a unique, innovative and appropriate architectural solution. Camden Yards's red brick facade emulates the massive B&O Warehouse that dominates the right field view behind Eutaw Street,[10] whereas Progressive Field's glass and steel exterior "call to mind the drawbridges and train trestles that crisscross the nearby Cuyahoga River. We specialize in creating environments & venues that draw communities and people together. Our unrivalled knowledge, both technical and visionary, sets the stage for the next generation of venues. [1][2][3] Populous formerly operated as HOK Sport Venue Event, which was part of the HOK Group. It’s led us to design a variety of spaces — from stadiums and arenas to airports — all with one question in common: How do you keep people coming back again and again? ", "Indians' Progressive Field sustains splendor", "Subway Series: Only affordable aspect of Yankee Stadium experience is the 4 train fare", "New Yankee Stadium Opens Its Vast, Expensive Gates", "Populous to Design Spherical Music Venues in London and Las Vegas | Architectural Digest", "MSG Sphere: plans offer glimpse of London's next venue", "Will Spherical Music Venues in London and Las Vegas Really Produce Great Sound? [24] Additional criticism has come from the property industry where claims have been made that the dedicated plot could accommodate up to 1,400 new homes in an area in which there is a shortage of affordable housing. [15][17][18][19] Several writers have noted that upper deck seating at new ballparks may actually be farther away from the field than in the older parks, partly as a result of these new upper decks being pushed higher by rows of luxury suites. ", "The Golf Ball: the next addition to London's skyline? We create places for people to laugh, to cry, to high five, … We design with equal parts data and an understanding of how people come together. It was the first major company to relocate to the neighborhood in several decades. [9], In addition to moving away from the concrete exteriors of the "cookie-cutter" multi-purpose stadiums that preceded the new parks, Populous incorporated other innovative touches: natural grass playing surfaces (instead of artificial turf), asymmetrical field dimensions, various park-specific idiosyncrasies (like Tal's Hill in Houston), and less foul territory that would keep fans farther from the diamond.