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  • June 20th

    Day 1

  • June 21st

    Day 2

  • June 22nd

    Day 3

  • As our communities and societies evolve, so should our buildings. What is happening in the world outside of theatres that we can learn from about spaces that people love to gather in? We live in a time when technology is rapidly changing the way we interact with the world, with our communities and with each other. What can we learn about changing paradigms? At the same time, flexibility can often lead to a lack of context – does flexibility come at a cost of a creative tension between theatrical experience and space? In a world of information flow that largely transcends traditional geographical boundaries, how can we insure that facilities are designed to be locally relevant, culturally sustainable and competitive?

  • Cultural developments are large investments for communities; they can and should reflect, challenge and build our community identity on a daily basis, as well as be at the heart of a civil society and democratic dialogue. And yet, so often we end up with generic facilities that neither fully respond to community needs, nor celebrate its unique characteristics, or suffer from a lack of ambition resulting in an outcome that does not respond to the opportunity. How can we ensure that the development process for new facilities incorporates these community views, and leads to the greatest possible impact and value?

  • Can we create iconic experiences that bring people together? Can we create public urban realm within buildings? Can we blur the boundaries to create a more meaningful city experience through a single building project? Where does a building start and stop – can a building for the arts be a symbol as well as shelter? What impact can it have for the community?

  • Brand definition, brand awareness, brand projection. How can a building embody and project the identity and values of an institution? How can we make sure that our buildings ‘say’ what we want people to ‘hear’ or ‘feel’? What do our building say about who we are? And how does this affect the viability, sustainability and impact of our institutions? Of our creative output?