Perform Designing for the Performing Arts

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-03-28
  • Publisher: Images Publishing Dist Ac

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  • Brings together internationally renowned performing arts center designs by PCPA; rethinking of acoustics for concert halls; and architecture for theaters
  • Features projects from across the world, in particular the United States, Malaysia and China (Hong Kong)
  • Beautiful spaces designed to enhance the performing arts
  • Includes essays by Richard Pilbrow, Larry Kirkegaard, Charles Swanson, John Culbert
  • Conveys an interview with Cesar Pelli, Fred Clarke, and Mitch Hirsch

Known for its soaring towers that mark the skylines of the world's great cities, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is also a leading designer of performing arts centers, including critically acclaimed venues for opera, dance, plays, and concerts. The firm's award-winning work in this highly demanding field is vast, with examples ranging from one of largest performing arts centers in the United States to intimate theaters on college campuses. Highlighting the firm's technically rigorous and aesthetically inspiring designs, Perform: Designing for the Performing Arts features a selection of concert halls and theaters, and cultural centers, including such prominent and distinctive works as the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, in Florida. Designed with renowned acousticians and theater planners, these performance halls are both architecturally exciting and technically advanced. This book explores the design of beautiful and uplifting spaces that allow the performing arts to shine while adding life to their surroundings.

Selected Projects
• Hancher, University of Iowa
• The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater
• Wintrust Arena
• Multi-purpose Auditorium, Hong Kong University
• Science and Technology
• The Theatre School, DePaul University
• St. Katherine Drexel Chapel, Xavier University of Louisiana
• BOK Center
• Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater
• The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
• Overture Center for the Arts
• South Coast Repertory Theater
• Schuster Performing Arts Center
• Dewan Filharmonik at Petronas Towers
• Aronoff Center for the Arts
• North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

Author Biography

Edited by Ted Whitten Ted Whitten is an architect and writer in New Haven, Connecticut. He has
a residential design practice and has contributed to several books and periodicals on architecture and design.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects From the World Financial Center in New York to the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, Pelli Clarke Pelli has designed many of the world's most prestigious projects. The firm's portfolio includes retail and mixed-use projects, academic buildings, libraries, museums, research centers, residences, and master plans, and they have worked with private clients, businesses, institutions, and government agencies. PCPA has received critical acclaim and hundreds of design awards, including the American Institute of Architects' Firm Award, the highest honor for an architectural practice. In 1995, the American Institute of Architects awarded Cesar Pelli the Gold Medal, its highest honor for an individual. In 2004, the firm was given the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Petronas Towers.

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