May 19, 2013
Architect Hugh Hardy is the quintessential New Yorker. His irrepressible love of the city animates all of his work, which can be found in many of the city's most beloved institutions: the magnificently restored Radio City Music Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater, the New York Botanical Garden, the cafe at Bryant Park, and the renovated New Victory and New Amsterdam theaters on Forty-Second Street, among others. It is no coincidence that so many of these projects have been theatrical. Hardy began his career working under celebrated scenic designer Jo Mielziner, and his career has ever since embodied his fascination with how people come together in public spaces as a form of theatrical display.
Theater of Architecture gathers twenty of Hardy's projects, both within New York City and beyond its borders, to frame a candid discussion about the collaborations, challenges, and strategies that gave rise to each design, illuminating all the factors that combine to create memorable architecture. Each project essay includes one or more interviews with clients and collaborators by Mildred Friedman, the former editor of Design Quarterly at the Walker Art Center. Theater of Architecture includes three new theater projects in New York City: the Clare Tow Theater (built atop Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater); BAM's just-completed Richard B. Fisher Building; and the first permanent home for Theatre for a New Audience. Projects outside New York City include the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY; the Federal courthouse in Jackson, MS; and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth.
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