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Architectural Re-Use and the Mega Event Stadium (Advert Reference: SF19/EE/ABE/BROWN)

Faculty of Engineering and Environment

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Ms L Brown , Prof R D Giddings Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Sport mega events are best understood as large scale cultural events which have dramatic character, mass popular appeal, international significance, and the power to deliver long-lasting benefits in cities. As the requirements of hosting a mega event have distinctively and dramatically changed over the latter part of the twentieth century, the capital costs of venue construction have risen. As a result, long-term legacy has increasingly escalated as a priority on societal and political agendas. The legacy and sustainability of ambulatory mega events have become a widely contentious and debated issue. The ability of mega event venues and infrastructure to meet the needs of a host nation have become central to their long-term function, but the specialist nature and scale of buildings pose a major challenge for post-mega event use. Because of their specific nature, the legacy of the Stadium is one of the most difficult to secure post-mega event, a phenomenon which has been observed across a number of stadia in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This project seeks to explore the architectural features of sport mega event stadia in recent decade, identifying patterns of post-event use and the models of development that support longevity after sport Mega events such as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

This project is supervised by Ms Laura Brown.

Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF19/EE/ABE/BROWN) will not be considered.

Start Date: 1 March 2020 or 1 October 2020

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Funding Notes

This is an unfunded research project.

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