Walt Disney Concert Hall

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Public Spaces provide unique experiences and contribute to the identity of a city. Found as places like plazas, parks, marketplaces, within buildings, lobbies and many more. Public spaces are important to our society and therefore face more arguments in design and construction compared to private spaces. In order to create innovative public architecture, considered to be the most civic, costly, time intensive and physical of the arts, the project holds a degree of risk, strife, and negotiation . Overcoming these tasks and creating worthy public architecture is a challenge designers try to accomplish, but are rarely successful. The people involved in a potential public building, can be larger than the building itself. Public architecture tries to please all, even the doubters and critics, but because of the all these factors, a building is closer to failing than succeeding. On a positive note, there are designers who have accomplished what seems like the impossible and created spaces that stand timeless in their place. The Eiffel Tower, Grand Central Station, Sydney Opera House are just a few examples of spaces that provide a unique experience for the people and contribute to the identity of the city. But how does one even begin to fathom what makes a public space worthy to the users and the city? Is it purely the design of the building? Or is it the function of the building? Or is it in fact how the function of the desired spaces and the vision of the designer work together to create the experience? The Walt Disney Concert Hall located in Downtown Los Angeles, CA is an example of a worthy public space, this year marking its tenth year being open still reflects and engages Los Angeles like few other buildings. In the beg... ... middle of paper ... ...alonen. Symphony: Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc. Publishers, 2003. Gilbert-Rolfe, Jeremy and Frank Gehry. Frank Gehry: The City and Music. Amsterdam: Overseas Publishers Association, 2001. Hawthorne, Christopher. “ Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall is inextricably of L.A.” Los Angeles Times, September 20, 2013. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/disneyhall/la-et-cm-disney-hall-hawthorne-dto,0,4655702.htmlstory#axzz2mMQ9iyRO Jordan, Vilhelm Lassen. “Brief Historical Survey.” In Acoustical Design of Concert Halls and Theatres: A Personal Account. Essex: Applied Science Publishers LTD, 1980. Ng, David. “ For Architect Frank Gehry, Disney Hall is ‘my home’. Los Angeles Times, September 20, 2013. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/disneyhall/la-ca-disney-gehry-20130922,0,4449590.story#axzz2mMQ9iyRO

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