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Architecture of Empac: the Tangible and the Tantalizing

EMPAC is a building like no other. The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Center (EMPAC) is an extraordinary instrument for artists and researchers alike. With its concert hall, a theater and experimental black box studios, EMPAC bridges the ever-expanding potential of digital technology with the most refined details for acoustics, visual production and performing arts. EMPAC is designed, without compromise, for technology and the human experience, ranging from performances and new productions in time-based arts to the creation and navigation of large-scale immersive environments by researchers and engineers. On the campus of the oldest technological university in the U.S., the vision of EMPAC synthesizes a grand architectural gesture with the complex requirements of a true interdisciplinary enterprise for the 21st century. By using a series of essays, drawings, images and team insights, Professor Mark Mistur takes us through the collaborative process of a world-class team led by Grimshaw Architects, Kirkegaard Associates, Fisher Dachs Associates, Buro Happold engineers and the Architect of Record Davis Brody Bond Aedas with the owner's team of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute under its President Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson from concept to completion. Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson's forward describes a vision for a 21st century research university and EMPAC as one instrument to enhance the culture of a polytechnic institute and to provoke innovation. An essay from EMPAC director Johannes Goebel focuses on the human dimension and the senses and the frontier of time-based arts. Essays by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, acoustician R. Lawrence Kirkegaard, theater design consultant Joshua Dachs and Grimshaw Architects' partner involved in the project from beginning to end William Horgan, each examine the question of performance- based design integration and tell the stories of innovations that resulted from their various important points of view. The building and the book do more than promise results. Being in operation for two years at the conclusion of writing the Architecture of EMPAC, the book concludes with appendix complete with the events it has been home to, the artists who have been in residence and the new productions to date, with the opening concert, excerpts from the opening festival, a building light installation plus a imte-lapsed movie of the construction included in a DVD. AUTHOR: Mark Mistur, AIA, Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's School of Architecture. Johannes Goebel, Professor in the School of Architecture and in the Arts Department at Rensselaer, developed the program for EMPAC to enable the programmatic goals, while establishing its artistic and research directions. Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A theoretical physicist, she was chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1995-1999). Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Founder and Principal of Grimshaw Architects, Grimshall is universally acknowledged for craft and attention to material and detail in support of clients' needs and communities. R. Lawrence Kirkegaard, FASA, Hon. AIA, Founder, President and chief acoustician of Kirkegaard Associates, is an internationally recognized architectural acoustic designer with an extensive resume that includes a significant number of the world's most renowned performing art facilities and concert halls. Joshua Dachs, Founder and Principal of Fisher Dachs Assoc. Theater Design. ILLUSTRATIONS: 300 photographs 40 illustrations
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  • Subtitle: The Tangible and the Tantalizing
  • Format: HardCover
  • Category: Architecture , Art History , Engineering
  • Publication Date: 01/12/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Height: 11.0 inch
  • Weight: 3.34 gram

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