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Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute's neck-breakingly massive EMPAC building looms out of the November mist like the gleaming, glass-walled craft of some far-flung future planet. Visible through the imposing edifice's high windows is the curvaceous, wood-skinned hull of the 1,200-seat concert hall.

Inside the 220,000-square-foot, $200 .... read more
Nothing in the city says "performing arts" with quite the same gusto as the 16-acre urban mall that is Lincoln Center, combining 12 different organizations including the Julliard School, the Lincoln Center Theater and the School of American Ballet. After four decades of use, however, the .... read more

Working with a diverse cast of engineers, acousticians, and technical consultants, Grimshaw Architects transformed an inhospitable hillside into a state-of-the-art performance center.

"Huuuuuuwt!" A 59-year-old man is yelling from somewhere inside Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's (RPI) glossy new performing-arts .... read more

For the past 22 months, construction workers have replaced musicians at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, as one of New York's busiest concert venues underwent a much needed transformation designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE Architects. But now the finishing touches are .... read more
The renovation of the historic Ford's Theatre is on budget and on schedule as upgraded seating is installed and the final touches are applied on new features, according to theatre officials.

Theatre officials admit the old formal chairs for audience seating were not .... read more
When the more glassy and user-friendly Alice Tully Hall reopens at Lincoln Center in February, among the major changes to the 1,087-seat performance venue will be a completely revamped interior with custom-made seats and a mechanized stage extension, among other bells and whistles. Progress on .... read more
If, with its recession, 2009 is the year we already hope to forget, then 2008 will be one to bundle up and hold tight. It could well mark a halt to the construction of innovative new eye-catching buildings, at least for a while.

So as .... read more
So what can I tell you about the Diller, Scofidio + Renfro refashioning of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center? It's still a construction site - the official re-opening isn't until February - but I previewed some substantially completed portions last week with Liz Diller and .... read more
Hopes are high that the $485 million Smith Center for the Performing Arts will transform Las Vegas' cultural legacy

One cool joint.

As descriptions of performing arts centers go, that may lack a certain dignity. But in a city where .... read more
Announcing a year's worth of events to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2009, Lincoln Center president Reynold Levy admitted that the 16-acre arts complex doesn't give up its treasures easily. "For 50 years," he said, "visitors to Lincoln Center have been rewarded for traversing eleven lanes of .... read more
Critics of the Museum of Arts and Design missed the real point of the building.

When the new Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) opened in New York at the end of September, the critics descended on .... read more

Lights -- check.

Sound -- testing, one-two. One-two -- check.

The curtain is about to rise at Miramar Cultural Center, but while Sunday's Caribefest Jazz Gala concert at the impressive 800-seat full-service theater marks the first official staged event, it was .... read more
A center for artists, scientists, and engineers to come together to pursue discovery at the nexus of the real and virtual worlds.
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During the first weeks in October, those of us obtaining tickets to the often sold-out performances heralding the opening bash of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., were treated to glimpses of what the future for .... read more
Guild Hall's John Drew Theater, located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton Village, won't reopen until Spring 2009 due to problems with the building's electrical system. The theater will have to cancel much of its Winter Solstice Programs scheduled for the original Dec. 1 opening.

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FDA is pleased to announce the launch of our new, improved website.
 
Among the changes you will find is a feature that helps you peruse and download project data sheets.  Architects and other consultants preparing submittals can compile their .... read more

"A theater is a strange animal of a building," says Jennifer Mallard of Diamond + Schmitt Architects. While theaters always pose technical hurdles, in the case of the newly completed Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C., there were unusual constraints and challenges, says Mallard, .... read more

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute celebrated the opening of its new 220,000-sq.-ft. LEED Silver-certified Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) this month. Designed and completed by a team of several specialists that included Grimshaw Architects in New York City, Davis Brody Bond Aedas in New .... read more
Joshua Dachs is pleased to announce the addition of Micah Rahn to the FDA staff.

Micah comes to FDA with over 10 years of lighting system and technical theatre experience.  He brings with him expertise in entertainment and architectural control systems, dimming systems, .... read more
Renzo Zecchetto's Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at Santa Monica College appears unresolved. And that's fine.

The New Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, which will open officially tonight with a program featuring the mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, is a .... read more