Thursday, November 20, 2008

Midway Architecture Garden — Velodrome

What in the world is a "velodrome"? For those who don't follow the sport of cycling, that's a fancy name for a bicycle racing track. They're big. 250 meters. We have one in Blaine at the National Sports Center. The problem is that it's outdoors, so its wood surface gets exposed to the elements. It will need to be replaced soon.

The best place to put up  a replacement would be in the Midway area where it would have the easiest access to student athletes while also serving the recreational needs of bio-science workers.

Rather than putting up a simple replacement, we should build an indoor facility that can be used year-round. The infield is bigger than the floor area of the Target Center, so there's plenty of room for other events than cycling to be held there. The cost-efficiencies of a multi-use facility are part of what makes it an exciting opportunity. Programming and usage could readily be tied in with a multi-use facility for tennis, badminton, volleyball and other sports (See blog entry "Iconic Architecture"). Like everything else in our architecture garden, it needs to be designed with enough visual appeal to leave viewers out of breath before they've taken a lap on the track.

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