Competition :: Ideal Theatre

Application Deadline: December 7, 2012
Submissions Due: January 4, 2012
Award: $1,000
Theatres are three dimensional puzzles weaving together building systems, complex theatre equipment, rigid functional requirements, special acoustical needs, and a strong architectural character. All of these conditions must merge within narrow parameters to create a successful performance venue. Theatres are simply the most complex buildings that we design and construct today. 

The goal of this competition is to encourage architecture students to work with young theatre artists to explore the emotive power of space, how space can aid storytelling, and how it can be manipulated to achieve a dramatic purpose. We also hope that architecture students will enjoy the kind of creative collaboration that is common in the theatre, and will relish the opportunity to think about space-making in a different way than they typically are asked to do. This is a problem about how physical environments shape experiences over time; it is about places rather than spaces.

Competition Goal:
The competition poses the design question, what is the "Ideal Theatre" for your client? This question is to be explored and answered by a “team” composed of at least one theatre student currently enrolled in a college or university theatre program and one architectural student enrolled in an accredited architectural college or university program.  

History proves the most successful theatre design solutions take into account all aspects and needs of theatre production, artist presentation and audience interaction.  Each team member has a defined responsibility. The theatre students will act as the “Client” and the architectural students as the “Designer.” The “Client” is responsible to teach the “Designer” about the workings and artistry of Theatre!  The “Client” will define the detail needs of the theater complex and provide critiques of the design produced by the “Designer.” As in professional practice, the “Client” will remain an active member of the design process.  The design solution MUST be the result of a “Conversation” between the “Client” and “Designer.”

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