Building Type Basics for Performing Arts Facilities

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This Building Type Basics book provides an accessible guide to the essentials of designing these specialized environments—including the underlying issues of financing, feasibility, and the diverse roles of the design and construction team, sponsor, banks, impresario, and manager. Complete with a wealth of descriptive floor plans, diagrams, photographs, and case studies, it features need-to-know information on design including such technical topics as lighting, acoustics, and materials.

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The most important function of every theater isto provide an exceptional environment whereaudiences can see, hear, and enjoy the experience of a performance. By exploring the planning and designof theaters, Building Type Basics for Performing Arts Facilities helps architects and consultants create a space program and forge design solutions that meet the needs of theatergoers and those who finance, build, and run those theaters. A group of distinguished consultants contribute authoritative, real-world advice for theater design, stage technology, acoustic design, and lighting design. Principal author Hugh Hardy offers expert insight on theater planning and the project delivery process, as well as crucial coverage of the controversial topics of updating, preserving, and restoring historic theaters.

This indispensable guide:

  • Asks and answers twenty questions that frequently arise in the early phases of a project commission
  • Provides project photographs, diagrams, floor plans, and sections
  • Includes design guidelines for a variety of performing arts facilities, including new construction and renovation projects
  • Includes chapters by nationally recognized experts Leonard Auerbach, Joshua Dachs, Steven Friedlander, Keith Gerchak, Christopher Jaffe, Lawrence Kirkegaard, Paul Marantz, Jack Martin, Richard Pilbrow, Steve Pollock, Dawn Schuette, and DuncanWebb

This conveniently organized reference is an invaluable guide for busy, dedicated professionals who want to get moving quickly as they embark on a new project. Like every Building Type Basics book, it provides authoritative, up-to-date information instantly and saves architects and facility planners countless hours of research. Engineering consultants will also find in this volume a wealth of information to help them tackle performing arts facility commissions of every kind and scale.

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The fastest way to straighten out the learning curve on specialized design projects

"The series is welcome . . . By providing recent buildings as examples, supported with technical information and charts of design criteria, these books attempt to bridge the gap between theory and practice."
—Oculus

Building Type Basics books provide architects, engineers, and facility planners with the essentials they need to jump-start the design of a variety of specialized facilities. In each volume, leading national figures in the field address the key questions that shape the early phases of a project commission. The answers to these questions provide instant information in a convenient, easy-to-follow format. The result is an excellent, hands-on reference that puts critical information at your fingertips.

Building Type Basics for Performing Arts Facilities provides an accessible guide to the essentials of designing these specialized environments—including the underlying issues of financing, feasibility, and the diverse roles of the design and construction team, sponsor, banks, impresario, and manager. Complete with a wealth of descriptive floor plans, diagrams, photographs, and case studies, it features need-to-know information on design including such technical topics as lighting, acoustics, and materials.

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