ERIC Number: EJ798736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Break a Leg
Gisolfi, Peter A.
American School & University, v78 n3 p294 Nov 2005
The basic dilemma in creating performance spaces in secondary schools is that such spaces often must serve multiple functions. Ideally, there should be three different spaces: one to present dramas; another for musical performances; and a third for assemblies--lectures, movies, political and community events. Often, the unsatisfactory solution to this dilemma is an auditorium. This space has a gently sloping floor and poor sightlines, with acoustics that are too resonant for speaking and too absorbing for music. Sometimes it has daylight, which may be good for assemblies, but unwanted for drama. The daylight may be controlled inadequately with ill-fitting shades or blinds. The space even may have a noisy air-conditioning system and sound-absorbing ceiling, which ruins the acoustics entirely. This article explains the required elements for each type of space. Examples of recently completed secondary-school performance spaces that have been designed with multiple functions in mind are also presented.
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Facilities, Educational Facilities Design, Acoustics, Lighting, Design Requirements, Space Utilization
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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