Planning Guidance for Design and Adaptation

1st Edition - January 1, 1987

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  • Author: Roderick Ham
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483278353

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Theatres: Planning Guidance for Design and Adaptation focuses on the design, type and size, safety, acoustics, and lighting systems of theaters. The publication first takes a look at the type and size of theaters, design of auditorium, sightlines, acoustics, and safety. Discussions focus on hazards and safeguards, fire-fighting appliances, sprinkler systems and smoke detectors, reverberation, methods of adjusting acoustics, curved and concave surfaces, staggered seating, acoustic limits, and concert and recital halls. The book then examines exits and means of escape, seating layout and safety regulations, legislation, and stage scenery. The manuscript ponders on stage lighting, communications, film projection, performance organization, and public areas. Topics include access for the disabled, lavatories, restaurant, repair workshops, property store, scene dock, projection suites, amplifier racks, direct projection, stage management performance control system, and access to lighting positions over the stage. The book also reviews the restoration of old theaters, conference facilities, art centers and studio theaters, electrical and mechanical services, and administration. The publication is a valuable reference for design engineers and researchers interested in the design and adaptation of theaters.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Introduction to the New Edition

    Introduction to the First Edition

    1 Type and Size of Theatre

    2 Design of Auditorium

    3 Sightlines

    4 Acoustics

    5 Safety

    6 Exits and Means of Escape

    7 Seating Layout and Safety Regulations

    8 Legislation

    9 Stage Planning

    10 Stage Scenery

    11 Stage Lighting

    12 Sound Installations

    13 Communications

    14 Film Projection

    15 Control Rooms

    16 Performers' Accommodation and Rehearsal Space

    17 Performance Organisation

    18 Production Spaces

    19 Public Areas

    20 Administration

    21 Electrical and Mechanical Services

    22 Arts Centres and Studio Theatres

    23 Conference Facilities

    24 Restoration of Old Theatres

    25 Economics

    26 Comparison of Theatres

    Glossary of Stage Terms



Product details

  • No. of pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Architectural Press 1987
  • Published: January 1, 1987
  • Imprint: Architectural Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483278353

About the Author

Roderick Ham

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Architect specializing in theatres and buildings of entertainment, UK.

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