Buildings for the Performing Arts
By Ian Appleton
Routledge – 2007 – 296 pages
This design and development guide is an essential book for those who are involved in the initiation, planning, design and building of facilities for the various performing arts, from local to metropolitan locations. It includes the stages in the development, decisions to be taken, information requirements, feasibility and advice necessary in the design and development of a new or adapted building.
Part one of this guide provides the background information about the organization of the performing arts, the prevailing issues, the client and various building types. In the second part, the author deals with the components of design and development, identifying the roles of the client, advisors and consultants, the stages to be achieved, including client’s proposal feasibility, the process of briefing, design and building and eventually hand-over and opening night, with a consideration of the building use. Studies include the assessment of demand, site requirements, initial brief, building design and financial viability. Information requirements, as design standards, for the auditorium and platform/stage, and the support facilities, are included. Separate studies focus on the adaptation of existing buildings and provision for children and young persons.
The content covers a wide range of performing arts (classical music, pop/rock, jazz, musicals, dance, drama) and provides information on each as an art from and necessities to house performances.
Preface Part 1: The Content 1. Introduction 2. Types of Production 3. Audiences 4. Types of Client 5. Building Types Part 2: Approach to Design and Development 6. Design and Development 7. The Client 8. Consultants 9. Stages in Design and Development Part 3: Specific Studies 10. Audiences, Companies and Staff 11. Site Considerations 12. Initial Brief: Auditorium and Platform/ Stage 13. Initial Brief: Support Facilities 14. Building Design 15. Time Scale 16. Financial Appraisal. Appendix 1: Reverences and Sources of Information. Appendix 2: Main Consultants and Clients’ Advisors. Index