Next month's issue looks at buildings for high culture--art galleries, museums and performance spaces. It is a familiar theme, but one worth returning to, as historically, culture has always embodied the most expressive and experimental aspects of human endeavour and continues to be a distinguishing characteristic Noun 1. distinguishing characteristic - an odd or unusual characteristic
distinctive feature, peculiarity
characteristic, feature - a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best of all civilized societies. Latterly, culture has acted as a powerful catalyst for urban regeneration--the redevelopment of neglected areas of cities has often depended on the presence of a new cultural building, or the creative adaptation of an existing historic or industrial structure. In the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , we look at two major new cultural buildings which make bold statements about the relationship between architecture and culture. In Cincinnati, Zaha Hadid Zaha Hadid (Arabic: زها حديد) CBE (born October 31, 1950, Baghdad, Iraq) is a notable Iraqi-British deconstructivist architect. Biography
Born october 31 1950 in Baghdad, Iraq. has just completed her eagerly awaited new Contemporary Arts Center The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a pioneering contemporary art museum located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The CAC is a non-collecting museum that focuses on new developments in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art and new media. and in upstate New York Upstate New York is the region of New York State north of the core of the New York metropolitan area. It has a population of 7,121,911 out of New York State's total 18,976,457. Were it an independent state, it would be ranked 13th by population. at Bard College, Frank Gehry has designed a new Performing Arts Center A performing arts center, often abbreviated PAC, is a multi-use performance space that can be adapted for use by various types of the performing arts, including dance, music and theatre. , his first building on the eastern seaboard. In Oslo, Sverre Fehn has completed a new Photography Museum, imaginatively inserted into an old depot in a former naval base, and in Melbourne, Wood Marsh Architects have designed a new centre for contemporary art, which forms part of the major ongoing redevelopment of Federation Square.
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