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Performing Architecture: Opera Houses, Theatres and Concert Halls for the Twenty-first Century Hardcover – 20 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd; 1 edition (20 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858942799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858942797
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 24.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book to salivate over - BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE Written with a clear passion for the subject - accessible guide to a truly fascinating and much overlooked area of architecture - ANTIQUES MAGAZINE

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The only book to bring together the world's finest twenty-first-century buildings for live performance

Individual entries on fifty opera houses, theatres, concert halls and dance spaces in the US, Europe, Asia and Australasia

Will appeal to architects, architectural students, engineers and anyone interested in architecture and the performing arts


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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on 16 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book for those interested in the use of space within the live entertainment field. Michael draws his information from around thw world and presents it in a readily accessable way. The photographs and schematics are excellent and combined with the text allow the reader a tremendous insight into the mind of the architects involved.

A triumph.
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Contemporary Art from Inside Out 21 May 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
PERFORMING ARCHITECTURE, a book compiled by Michael Hammond, an expert on architecture and urban design, brings a tour of some of the more interesting and accomplished works of architectural art conceived and built for the performing arts. The buildings he highlights have all the grandeur of cathedrals - structures of the elevation of the spirit and soul as well as edifices that stand alone as architectural wonders of design and function. Not only are there many photographs of both the exteriors and interiors of these buildings, but Hammond also includes the initial and subsequent drawings by the designers of these wonders, computer renderings and commentary about the concept and construction history of these landmark buildings.

Hammond profiles some 50-odd projects from the Shanghai Grand Theatre designed by Arte Jean-Marie Charpentier, to London's Music Box, designed by Foreign Office Architects and the Unicorn Theater for Children, the Tenerife Opera House in the Canary Islands and the Palau de les arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain, The Grand Canal Square Theater in Dublin, Ireland, the Danish Radio Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Lincoln Center in New York, The Guangzhou Opera House and the Beijing Opera House in China, the Oppenheim Miami Dade College Campus Center in Florida, the Oslo Opera House in Oslo, Norway, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York and of course, Frank Gehry's splendid Walt Disney Concert Hall for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles, California.

The author carefully points out that the 'first' distinguished contemporary building for the arts was the 1973 Sydney Opera House, Australia, and icon image of the arts: since its construction architects and designers have become more alert o the need for the changes in acoustical engineering and the recognition that many of the old buildings for the performing arts were not only aging physically but also not compatible with the new concepts in how opera, dance, and theater could be enhanced by contemporary buildings design specifically for the arts. This is a grand book and one that will appeal to those who study architecture, those who are committed to the performing arts and long for the secret places of these great monuments to be more accessible, and to those fascinated by urban design in the 21st century. This is a monumental book about monuments to the arts! Grady Harp, May 11
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Great photo collection 10 Jan. 2007
By Hector Castañon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
All the new halls and cultural spaces intended for public performance. Text is informal but pictures talk for themselves. This is not a technical text but rather an artistical aproach to expose the beauty of a very specialized field .
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