College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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F&E 2 012 Furniture & Equipment ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE. The University of Chicago's new Reva and David Logan Center for Arts combines a rush of artistic endeavors and artists — from art galleries to theaters and scholars to performers — into one state- of-the-art mixed-use facility. Outfi tting and furnishing this "mixing bowl for the arts" took careful planning and consideration of the variety of spaces and uses that would come together within its walls. when the university of chicago planned to build a home for the fi ne and performing arts, the key goals were that this home support the teaching and prac- tice of each resident art form — theatre, dance, music, visual art, and fi lm — in a manner keeping with the high level of talent and dedication the students and faculty bring to those endeavors. It was also fundamental to the philosophy of the University and the mission of the building that this new home foster interdisciplin- ary collaboration. The various art forms needed to be able to coexist and interact in ways that were unexpected and inspira- tional, so that each artist benefi ted from working alongside and accommodating their neighbors. These requirements present a wonder- PERFORMACE SPACES Five Criteria for the Arts scholars across many disciplines work and perform, creating new possibilities for spontaneous, creative collaborations. The building houses classrooms, studios, rehearsal rooms, workshops, and exhibition and performance spaces. The new Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago is an elegant "mixing bowl for the arts" in which artists and By Joshua Grossman, ASTC 46 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / OCTOBER 2012 ful challenge for theatre planners. How can each performance and support space in an arts building be properly furnished and equipped to support the stated goals of the university while integrating well with the architecture? At the Logan Center, this challenge was met through the application of fi ve criteria fundamental for the success of any performance space. Functionality Room design and the systems for production in the room have to provide as much utility as possible. For the 474-seat Performance Hall in the Logan Center, this meant balancing the demands of the performance types that require the largest stages, such as music and dance, with more common uses by soloists and chamber musicians. For example, the large stage required for dance is not intimate and supportive enough for a string quartet. To maximize room functionality, the rear WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM PHOTO © CHRIS STRONG

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