Modern Theatres 1950 to 2020

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

The name of “Disney“ is mainly known for Mickey Mouse, the Jungle Book and other trick films. According to the will of his widow Lilian the spectacular concert hall of Los Angeles was named after Walt Disney. She donated 100 million dollar for the building designed by Frank Gehry, finally it cost almost three times as much and was inaugurated in 2010, later than planned.

The author presents the project and discusses the Weinberg construction principle of the auditorium

In the mid-1980s, LA was looking for a defining architectural landmark (one for the present day) at about the same time that its home team, the LA Philharmonic, was readying to remake itself artistically and awakening to the realization that its home venue was not up to the task. The emergence of the orchestra as a force for new music was concurrent with the design and construction of its new hall, so their stories are best understood when told together.

In the 1860s, Bunker Hill, in LA County, was a largely empty promontory, more of an obstacle to development than an invitation to it. Too steep to climb, it took the construction of the quaint Angel’s Flight funicular to make it attractive to the moneyed. The ...

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BTR Ausgabe 2 2019
Rubrik: English texts, Seite 302
von Carl Giegold