FDA News

We are always working on new projects and trying to support the field in a variety of ways, and some of our completed work finds itself in the news. These are the latest stories.

Arts Commons Transformation (ACT)

This morning, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation‘s President & CEO Kate Thompson, along with Arts Commons’ President & CEO Alex Sarian announced the selection of the first two members of the Arts Commons Transformation (ACT) project team!

Fisher Dachs Associates is extremely pleased to announce our selection as one of the first two members of the Arts Commons Transformation, a project that started in late 2020 in a development agreement between CMLC, the City of Calgary, and Arts Commons.

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[Video] Bass Hall Virtual Backstage Tour

Ever wondered what’s above the dome? How exactly do we lower the orchestra pit and where do the front chairs go? And where exactly do those spotlights come from? Join Technical Director Charles McCormick as he walks us through some of the lesser seen parts of Bass Hall.

CI TO EYE Podcast With Joshua Dachs

Picture: Joshua Dachs on the CI To Eye Podcast
Picture: Joshua Dachs on the CI To Eye Podcast

In this episode, Joshua and Erik lift the curtain on the mysteries of theater design. They discuss how seat layout impacts the way comedy is received, why some roadhouses have “absurd capacities,” and why Broadway theaters are so uncomfortable.

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End Structural Racism In America

Here at FDA we’re committed to working toward ending structural racism in America. We certainly don’t have all the solutions, but we can listen, we can learn, and we can act. FDA commits to the following actions:

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Coronavirus Resources

As you’re aware, there’s a lot of discussion and emotion swirling around the spread of the Coronavirus. We’re relying on information provided by the CDC, the WHO, the U.S. State Department, and state and local health departments to keep informed. We’d like to share the resources we’ve found helpful, as well as industry-related news. We’ll update this list on an ongoing basis.

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New Rice University music building to be named Brockman Hall for Opera

Rice University’s new music building will be named Brockman Hall for Opera and the 84,000-square-foot structure, along with Alice Pratt Brown Hall and its adjoining plaza, will be christened the Brockman Music and Performing Arts Center.

The lead donor for the project is the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust.

Slated to open in late 2020, the Shepherd School of Music’s new building will house the Lucian and Nancy Morrison Theater, a three-tiered, 600-seat, European-style theater with an orchestra pit for 70 musicians. It will be the first theater with this particular configuration among U.S. universities and conservatories.

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MSO announces new venue will be called the Bradley Symphony Center

After saying goodbye to one Bradley Center, it’s time to say hello to another.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday afternoon that the former Warner Grand Theater — which the orchestra has been working to renovate into its new home for a couple years now — will be named the Bradley Symphony Center, in honor of Harry and Peg Bradley, after receiving a $52 million naming rights gift.

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Lincoln Center’s Geffen Hall to Get Long-Awaited Revamp

On Monday, Lincoln Center officials revealed a new $550 million plan to remake the New York Philharmonic’s home, David Geffen Hall. The revamp, with Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects focusing on the performance space and the New York firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects designing the public areas, will leave the stately but modern exterior of the 1962 Max Abramovitz-designed building virtually untouched. It is the latest in a series of proposals meant to address the hall’s long-criticized acoustics, lack of intimacy, and its drab interior ambiance. Among these earlier efforts was a 2015 scheme by Diamond Schmitt and London’s Heatherwick Studio, chosen after an invited competition but then abandoned two years ago.

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