The 20th-century saw an increasingly diverse set of answers to the question 'what makes a performance space?'. Those commissioning buildings did so for various reasons: as new homes for established organisations; to act as new civic foci; to disseminate particular visions of 'culture'. New ideas of performance, of the role of performance in society, and in the kind of work being presented, suggested new approaches to and understandings of the buildings and spaces in which performance was staged. Architects and designers operated within a broad framework of theoretical discourse and international influences. Through a series of case studies, drawn from Europe, North America and Japan, this volume explores these related questions in a focussed and consistent fashion
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