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Walt Disney Concert Hall: The Latest Architecture and News

L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall Will Be Lit by Algorithms in Dream-Like Light Show

06:00 - 19 September, 2018
 L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall Will Be Lit by Algorithms in Dream-Like Light Show, WDCH Dreams. Image © Refik Anadol
WDCH Dreams. Image © Refik Anadol

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is set to be transformed through digital art projections by media artist Refik Anadol and Google Arts & Culture. Created for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's centennial, the light show will be made through deep neural network connections projected as light. Designed for WDCH Dreams, the digital projections draw together the L.A.Philharmonic orchestra’s digital archives and translate them into data points.

WDCH Dreams. Image © Refik Anadol WDCH Dreams. Image © Refik Anadol WDCH Dreams. Image © Refik Anadol WDCH Dreams. Image © Refik Anadol + 10

Artist Uses Gehry's Concert Hall as Canvas in LA Philharmonic Concert Series

00:00 - 20 December, 2014

The first week of December marked the beginning of the LA Philharmonic’s in/SIGHT concert series. The multimedia series will incorporate video images playing in sync with the performance, creating an immersive new way to experience the music for concert-goers. The first of these performances was the collaborative work of conductor Esa-pekka Salonen and artist Refik Anadol in an audio-visual rendition of Edgard Varèse’s Amériques. Using audio analysis and Kinect motion capture software to record Salonen’s movements while conducting, Anadol has created a stunning set of moving images that capture the very spirit of Varèse’s work. Learn more about this fascinating project, after the break.

Frank Gehry: "I'm Not a Starchitect"

00:00 - 8 December, 2013
Frank Gehry: "I'm Not a Starchitect", The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP
The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

For Peter Aspden's first encounter with the architect of the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, Frank Gehry did not "exude sweetness." "You are not going to call me a [...] ‘star-chitect’? I hate that." In a candid interview with the Financial Times, Gehry discusses the problem of being branded for beginning the Bilbao Effect in spite of the fact that he insists that "you can’t escape your signature." Gehry talks at length about Facebook's latest headquarters and, in particular, his relationship with his client, Mark Zuckerberg. Read the full interview here.

Museum Round Up: The Box is Back

00:00 - 21 November, 2013
Clyfford Still Museum. Image ©  Jeremy Bittermann
Clyfford Still Museum. Image © Jeremy Bittermann

In a recent article for the Denver Post, Ray Rinaldi discusses how the box is making a comeback in U.S. museum design. Stating how architecture in the 2000’s was a lot about swoops, curves, and flying birds - see Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava - he points out the cool cubes of David Chipperfield and Renzo Piano. We've rounded up some of these boxy works just for you: the Clyfford Still Museum, the Kimbell Art Museum Expansion, The St. Louis Art Museum's East Building, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien's Barnes Foundation, and Shigeru Ban's Aspen Art Museum. Each project begins to show how boxes can be strong, secure, and even sly. Check out more about the article here.

The Indicator: Ten Years Later, Has the Disney Concert Hall Made a Difference?

00:00 - 18 October, 2013
The Indicator: Ten Years Later, Has the Disney Concert Hall Made a Difference? , Courtesy of shutterstock.com
Courtesy of shutterstock.com

On October 23rd, the Walt Disney concert hall, the project that almost never was, will celebrate its ten-year anniversary. Throughout these ten years it has had all manner of transformative power attributed to it. But has it really transformed LA? What would the city have been like if it had never been built? Would it be fundamentally different? 

The answer? No.The city wouldn’t even be that different in the immediate vicinity of Grand Avenue.