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The Barnard College Diana Center's site is set within an intimate campus compressed within the dense urban environment of Manhattan. Comprised of an eclectic group of predominantly brick buildings, the campus is focused around Lehman Lawn with disconnected landscape spaces at the periphery.

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While trudging up a snowy Broadway sidewalk Tuesday night en route to a concert by the New York Philharmonic, I ducked into the new David Rubenstein Atrium just north of 62nd Street and was surprised to find the place hopping.

The atrium is .... read more
The vast majority of the redesign and rebuilding of New York's Lincoln Center is now finished. And even on a blustery winter day, the 16-acre arts center, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009, is looking livelier, smarter, hipper and more inviting - it is a .... read more
While Bay Area museums like SFMOMA and the Berkeley Art Museum have looked outside the state and even the country to find architects for their recent expansion projects, a new arts organization in Emeryville, a small city sandwiched between Berkeley and Oakland, was determined to .... read more
The architect of the popular sculpture garden at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a new cultural gig: the new Emeryville Center for the Arts.

The board of the young institution selected Jensen Architects of San Francisco after a design competition .... read more
Until a few years ago, the architects who won the commission to design Eli Broad's downtown Los Angeles museum were known for anything but the standard practice of architecture.

Elizabeth Diller and Rick Scofidio, who are married, were more interested in being artists .... read more
The recent reopening of the Arena Stage was an enormous event for this city, and not just because people were eager to see the musical "Oklahoma!"

In 1961, the Arena Stage was known for opening the country's first theater-in-the-round. It was designed by the .... read more
Conceived as a hall for the birthing of new plays, Arena Stage's newest space, the Kogod Cradle, warmly embraces that essential function with its inaugural presentation: the world premiere of Marcus Gardley's folkloric exploration of hate crimes in the American South, "every tongue confess."
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Fisher Dachs Associates, one of the world's leading theatre planning and design practices specializing in theatres, opera houses, concert halls and other types of performing arts facilities, announces the opening of its new office in the United Kingdom.  The Stratford-upon-Avon office joins FDA offices .... read more
Redefining an existing campus is difficult at the best of times, but more so when, as in the case of Barnard College, the framework dates back to the 19th century and had been expanded with an ad hoc assemblage of buildings and architectural styles. But .... read more
Architectural time travel always exhilarates me. One minute, I'm walking along Washington's National Mall, where ancient Rome and masses of marble were mined to ennoble America's capital.

Ten minutes later, I pull up to an exuberant, life-giving piece of West Coast architecture that .... read more
The Washington theater complex that sent "The Great White Hope" and "Next to Normal" to Broadway has revamped itself with an eclectic expansion by architect Bing Thom of Vancouver.

Flying in the face of the capital's pomposity, Thom gave the pugnaciously concrete Arena .... read more
By Linda Hales

The new expansion of the Arena Stage is nothing if not theatrical. Eighteen monumental columns of Douglas fir sustain a 45-foot-tall glass curtain wall, which curves like a giant Alvar Aalto vase. A cantilevered white cloud of a roof salutes .... read more

Maybe there really are no second acts in American lives, as F. Scott Fitzgerald famously pronounced. But the lives of American theaters are a different story. On Oct. 23 - after seven years in planning, three years in constructing and $135 million in financing - the 60-year-old .... read more

By Maura Judkis

The new cradle of American theater was first rocked by artist Richard Serra. The Kogod Cradle - so named because it is intended to cradle the innovative works of American playwrights - is the newest theater within the gleaming .... read more

Peer closely and you'll make out not one theatre behind that glass facade, but three. It's Bing Thom Architects' audacious response to the need to make artistic and architectural sense of two dysfunctional theatres in a deprived area of Washington DC. Ike Ijeh was wowed<.... read more
In the late 1950s, after poverty near the Capitol became a national embarrassment, blocks of old row houses in the southwest waterfront district here were bulldozed in a radical slum-clearing effort. Built in their place were several crisp apartment blocks by I. M. Pei and .... read more
Washington likes its buildings imposing, their walls stone-solid - and the activities inside concealed and guarded 24-7. The city's century-old height limit preserves the iconic views of the Capitol at the cost of imposing a bulky and boxy shape on most large buildings, from concrete .... read more
Arena Stage's new building: a brilliant addition, and a challenge, to the city

As you negotiate the traffic-clogged lanes of I-395 as it passes over the Washington waterfront, look east, and there's a tonic on the horizon. The thin white roof of architect .... read more
Arena Stage is about to make the most dramatic entrance in its storied, 60-year history, reintroducing itself to the city in a radical new shape, with a $135 million remodeling that seeks to turn it into a gleaming fixture of Southwest Washington and a national center .... read more