STABLE: Stabilizing a Legacy Through Introducing the Spectator to Equestrian Authenticity
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M. Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-144).
"The horse racing industry, at large, is publicly declining through a diminishing fan base while covertly deteriorating as a sport through lax regulation and disputed equestrian care. Horse racing is known to millions by the thrill of the competition, the beauty of the Thoroughbred athlete, the proud spires of Churchill Downs, and the elite social scene, but what does the spectator understand and experience before the trumpet sounds and after the final competitor has crossed the finish line? To promote change in this currently diminishing sport, the built environment, that has created the classic experience of horse racing, needs to expand beyond the event of the competition. Uniting both fan and race horse in a different environment both before and after the race has the potential to invite transparency and authenticity to a controversial sport while specifically sustaining the legacy behind The Kentucky Derby. By adding an extended transparent experience through an equally transparent built environment, the dark corners that house the unrest in horse racing no longer has a place of relevance. If we begin to view horse racing as a journey to and from the track, the health of the horse has the potential to increase in quality as the interaction of both horse and fan now has a place to grow in experience and knowledge. This architectural design exists to extend stability and transparency within the legacy of Churchill Downs, uniting the full fan experience with the healthy and authentic racehorse, beyond the competition of race day."
CHAIR: Rogers-Varland, Julie
PDF (144 pages); illustrations (some color), plans
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