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Theater Planning

Book Description

This book introduces theater planning to students and practitioners of each field, and provides a detailed guide to the process and the technical requirements particular to theater buildings. Part I is a guide to the concepts and practices of architecture and construction, as applied to performing arts buildings. Part II is a guide to the design of performing arts buildings, with detailed descriptions of the unique requirements of these buildings. Each concept is illustrated with line drawings and examples from the author’s extensive professional practice.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. List of Figures
  7. List of Tables
  8. Foreword
  9. Preface
  10. Part I Context and Process
    1. 1. Theater Buildings
      1. Theaters as a Building Type
      2. Theater Types
    2. 2. Project Roles
      1. Major Roles
      2. Division of Labor
      3. Owner
      4. Architect
      5. Design Team
      6. Core Design Team
    3. 3. Project Phases
      1. Design Phases
      2. Pre-Design
      3. Schematic Design
      4. Design Development
      5. Contract Documents
      6. Bidding
      7. Construction Administration
      8. Final Testing and Tuning
      9. Occupancy
    4. 4. Project Delivery Methods
      1. Design-Bid-Build
      2. Design-Build
      3. Construction Management
      4. Integrated Project Delivery
    5. 5. Pre-Design Process
      1. Needs Assessment
      2. Project Parameters
      3. Programming
    6. 6. Design Process
      1. Shaping Performance Spaces
      2. Site Planning
      3. Building Massing
      4. Functional Planning
      5. Establishing Character and Vocabulary
      6. Integrating Systems
    7. 7. Building Regulations
      1. Codes
      2. Standards
      3. Accessibility Requirements
      4. Early Federal Accessibility Legislation
      5. Americans with Disabilities Act
    8. 8. Project Budgets
      1. Budget and Cost Components
      2. Construction Cost
      3. Owner’s Costs
      4. Cost and the Design Process
      5. Cost Factors and Cost Transposition
  11. Part II Planning
    1. 9. Proscenium Stages
      1. Proscenium Opening
      2. Stage Footprint
      3. Stage Height
      4. Stage Circulation
      5. Traprooms
      6. Precedents
    2. 10. Forestage Zone
      1. Apron
      2. Orchestra Pit
      3. The “Throat”
      4. Forestage Rigging
    3. 11. Other Stage Forms
      1. Other Stage Forms
      2. Recital and Concert Hall Platforms
      3. Accommodations for Music in Proscenium Theaters
    4. 12. Audience Sightlines
      1. Definitions
      2. Setting Sightline Criteria
      3. Vertical Sightline Formulas
      4. Head Clearance
      5. Relationship of Stage to First Row
      6. Venues Without Balconies
      7. Transition Devices
      8. Balconies
      9. Venues With Balconies
      10. The Aesthetics of Seating Slope
    5. 13. Audience Seating
      1. Auditorium Seating
      2. Means of Egress (MOE) Components
    6. 14. Auditorium Design
      1. Nature of Live Performance
      2. The Role of Precedents
      3. Four Qualities
      4. Proximity
      5. Cluster
      6. Scale
      7. Place
    7. 15. Technical Elements
      1. Control Rooms
      2. Sound Mix Position
      3. Followspot Rooms
      4. Front-of-House Lighting Positions
    8. 16. Public Spaces
      1. First Impressions
      2. Circulation
      3. Lobby and Support Spaces
      4. Function Rooms
      5. Other Public Amenities
    9. 17. Back-of-House Spaces
      1. Circulation
      2. Stage Support
      3. Performer Support
      4. Production
  12. Selected Bibliography
  13. Index