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It looked as if a large chunk of Hampshire, complete with trees, apartments, and a street lined with shops and bars, had broken off and floated out into the middle of the Solent.
But this was no monster piece of flotsam and jetsam but .... read more
Years of wishful thinking among members of Charleston's arts community and months of discussions among community leaders have produced a clear picture of a new downtown performing arts and civic center with an extensively renovated Gaillard Municipal Auditorium at its heart.

The Gaillard .... read more
Bing Thom, AIA, can rightfully say he's in the business of building cities-but not in the imperial, strong handed, single-authorship mode of Robert Moses or Corbusier. His Vancouver-based firm Bing Thom Architects specializes in regenerative urbanism that works on many scales, from individual cultural, institutional, .... read more
Architect Jack Diamond embraces high-tech tools but doesn't see the computer ever replacing pencil and paper when it comes to conceptual design

"I started in one room on my own some years ago," says Jack Diamond, 76, the founding principal of Diamond and Schmitt .... read more
In its previous incarnations over the last nine decades, Henry Miller's Theatre on West 43rd Street has been a Broadway mainstay, a discotheque, and a porn palace. Reaching back into the past was therefore something of a delicate matter for Cook + Fox Architects, which has .... read more
In weekend celebrations, audiences got their first look inside the architecturally bold new theater at Menlo-Atherton High School.

On Friday, the M-A community gathered for student performances. Saturday's grand opening featured the Menlo-Atherton Jazz Band and talks by M-A Principal Matthew Zito and .... read more
 It's big. It's bold. It certainly is bodacious. Perhaps the new performing arts center at Menlo-Atherton High School is also beautiful in its panorama of beige angles rising at the intersection of Ravenswood Avenue and Middlefield Road in Atherton.

Beauty depends on .... read more
Although Henry Miller's Theatre is part of the recently completed Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, its exterior hardly looks brand new. The beautiful facade of the original 1918 building remains intact: the red brick walls, Greek-inspired urns, and neo-Georgian details are flanked by .... read more
When David M. Rubenstein turned 54, he read that white Jewish males were likely to live to 81. "So I said, 'I have 27 years to go,' " Mr. Rubenstein said. "I could be like the pharaohs and say, 'Bury me with my money.' Or I could .... read more
The stage is set! After months of planning and a multi-million dollar makeover, Nazareth College's Arts Center is reopening its doors.
    
The center officially opens Saturday with a special night of performances.
    
"The .... read more
Plans were unveiled last night for the Cantos National Music Centre in Calgary; the results of an eight month global design search and competition. Opened in March 2009, the contest was narrowed to five architecture firms by July, each of whom presented their vision to a .... read more
Allied Works Architecture of Portland, Ore., and New York City is the winner of an international architectural competition to design the new National Music Centre at the King Eddy, it was announced Wednesday by the Cantos Music Foundation.

Brad Cloepfil, the firm's 54-year-old .... read more
After 40 years of leading the Menlo-Atherton band in temporary spaces, Frank Moura is close to seeing a proper $32 million performing arts center open on the campus.

While the 492-seat theater with an orchestra pit, a small cafeteria and practice space is practically complete, .... read more
The Juilliard School will unveil its new state-of-the-art, multi-use space, the Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, at an Oct. 6 ceremony at the Manhattan school.

The theatre is named for the late composer of The Music Man and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Juilliard alumnus .... read more

Transition Announcement

The last time I wrote about Joanna Baymiller publicly, it was to praise her successful albeit unconventional efforts to bring us greater attention and lead the charge to new .... read more

After six years of drama and delay, the Russian government has selected a replacement architect and revised design for the New Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

On July 28, officials selected Toronto-based Diamond and Schmitt Architects for the job through an international competition. The .... read more
After more than a year of the beep-beep of forklifts and the thumping of jackhammers, music will be heard again this fall at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, which is set to reopen with a new theater, a new artistic director and a .... read more
There's one key factor that gives the Great White Way its sense of permanence: those quirky 40 stages in a narrow patch of Midtown Manhattan. When one of them turns into a movie theater or becomes a dance club, it's cause for sadness. When one is .... read more
Success breeds success--in architecture especially. For proof, witness the meteoric rise of Diller Scofidio Renfro. A few years ago, the firm hadn't completed many large projects; they were best-known as high-minded conceptualists. But then came big commissions: for ICA in Boston, Alice Tully Hall in .... read more
Canadian architectural firm Diamond + Schmitt Architects won the international competition to design Mariinsky II, Russia's first new, grand-scale opera house since the Bolshevik Revolution.

The firm's head architect, Jack Diamond, spoke in a recent interview about what St. Petersburg will gain from the .... read more