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Three questions to Richard Coulson

In the interview, the project director for the Queensland Country Bank Stadium lets us know which theme will dominate sports architecture in the near future and what sport means to him as an architect. And he tells us how a sickbag can get involved in stadium design.

Which theme will dominate sports architecture in the near future?

Certainly COVID-related matters of social distancing, travel and inertia developed through lockdown are likely to dominate. The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will be a test of this. The challenge for venue designers will be maintaining the “fans-first” experience, the expression of community competition and celebration in a less dense venue, while balancing this with maintaining and growing revenue for venue operators.

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Richard Coulson

Cox Architecture, Director

Project Director for Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, Australia