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When Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts was first proposed, in the mid-1950s, it was imagined as a sort of island of culture in the midst of Manhattan - a symphony hall, an opera house, a theater and a stage for ballet, all standing .... read more
In the old days, attending a concert in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center required a certain determination. The sign was easy to miss, but you could recognize the place by the clutch of smokers perched on the planters out front-nobody else would linger in .... read more
In pursuit of his homages to Abraham Lincoln, President Barack Obama's expected appearance at Ford's Theatre tonight may strike some as, well, dramatic.

The actor James Earl Jones and CBS news anchor Katie Couric are among the celebrities appearing at a celebration of .... read more
After $360 million of renovations, the gloomy fortress housing Alice Tully Hall and the Juilliard School in New York have gained light and sparkle.

A three-story wall of sheer glass will reveal the pre- concert hubbub in the lobby at Tully, a 1,087-seat recital .... read more
The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) was nearly a decade in the making. In 1999, as part of a strategic plan for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the university earmarked a "transformational" project for its campus in Troy, New York. A year later, RPI obtained .... read more
Alice Tully Hall, and the Juilliard School complex of which it is a part, were the last elements of Lincoln Center to be built, and when they opened, in 1969, they seemed like an ambitious attempt to bring cutting-edge brutalism to the place. That's probably why .... read more
Acoustics get a staring role in the design of a new performing arts center

Acoustic surface treatments and baffles may work to improve the quality of sound transmission in ordinary spaces, but to create world-class performance venues where the need for pristine acoustics .... read more
For Westside residents in Los Angeles, the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica offers a welcome alternative to fighting traffic en route to a downtown theater. Owned by Santa Monica College but serving both school and community audiences, the theater complex juggles a .... read more
When the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute opened on October 3, its theatre, concert hall and two studios were ready for action with automated rigging from J. R. Clancy, Inc. They have also received a patent for their SureGrip rope .... read more
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY is the country's oldest technological university with one of the first undergraduate programs in electronic media and arts in the United States, so it isn't surprising that their recently opened $200 million facility, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media .... read more
I have long been an admirer of the theatrical and architectural drawings of the great renaissance family, Bibiena.

In 1972, my brother Roy identified a workshop portfolio of 157 drawings used by the family as a kind of "catalogue" to illustrate their capabilties to their .... read more
It was playtime in the nice new sandbox.

A Preview of the New Alice Tully Hall With giddiness and glee, musicians tested the acoustics of the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday, less than a month before it reopens after a $159 million, 22.... read more
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