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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
The concert hall of the 21st century has arrived. And the building that encases it would be remarkable if it had only that.

The 1,200-seat hall in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute here (Empac, .... read more
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is unveiling a new media and arts facility that features cutting-edge technology, a project that took $200 million and almost eight years to complete.

The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center officially opens Friday, kicking off a three-week celebration that includes .... read more
TROY, N.Y.- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is unveiling a new cutting-edge media and arts facility today, the Associated Press reports. The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), which cost $200 million and took almost eight years to complete, has been designed to bring art .... read more
A massive new arts building on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will open Friday and kick off three weekends of free activities for the community.

But for most of the year, the $200 million Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center "will not be .... read more

Just where is the intersection of art and science? To most of us, it's as small and instant a thing as snapping a shot with a digital camera or pressing down middle C on an electronic keyboard. Yet "At the Intersection of Art and .... read more

"Open up your mind. Open up your senses," says Johannes Goebel. "You've got to be open to new things."

As director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Goebel promises plenty of "new things" are headed our way when the .... read more
Technological adaptability creates ideal performance and research spaces

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will soon open the doors to its &euro; 131 million Experimental Media and Arts Center (EMPAC) conceived by Grimshaw Architects.

Located .... read more

Barbara Cook gives a superb concert at the Santa Monica theater, more a preview than a tryout for the venue.

The Broad Stage, the latest addition to the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, put out the welcome mat Saturday night. The handsome, .... read more
Sisyphus had it easy. Or so it often seemed to the individuals who spent the last decade bringing to fruition Santa Monica College's new performing arts center.

The king of Corinth was merely doomed to forever push a boulder up a mountain, only .... read more
After 10 years of consulting with internationally lauded performing artists and administrators on their vision of a "dream venue," The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage opens with two sold-out concerts.  Broadway Legend Barbara Cook inaugurates the performing arts center in a program featuring songs composed .... read more
Describing it as a "front porch" for Lincoln Center, the architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have redesigned Harmony Atrium between West 62nd and 63rd Streets as a "theatrical garden" featuring 20-foot-high walls of plants and rods of falling water.

The goal .... read more

Following two days of public presentations from six architectural candidates, the City and County of Denver's Division of Theatres and Arenas and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) announced today that the Boettcher Concert Hall Architect Selection Committee chose Diamond and Schmitt Architects and their local .... read more
Located on the shores of Lady Bird Lake with enticing views of the Austin, TX skyline, the new Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center For Performing Arts incorporates materials from an older building that was partially demolished - the outdated Palmer Auditorium built in 1959 .... read more
A new center for the College of Creative Arts will ensure SF State's place as a hub of creativity for the future. Now it's Michael Maltzan Architecture's job to decide how that future will look.

Maltzan's firm has been selected to design the .... read more
Our present times nuzzle the architectural past in the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Sure, the civic center, which opened in March, is the newest major mark on Austin's cityscape. But the $77 million, two-theater venue also delightfully whispers its history while simultaneously .... read more