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Site and Sound by Victoria Newhouse
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Apr 10, 2012 | ISBN 9781580932813

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Site and Sound, which emerged from four years of research and travel, will be a crucial resource for anyone assessing the state of the hall-building art: I was particularly fascinated by the overview of all the frenzied recent activity in China.” —Alex Ross, author of The Rest is Noise and Listen to This

“An ambitious history and critique that covers everything from the amphitheater at Epidaurus (third century B.C.) to Zaha Hadid’s cutting-edge Cultural Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, which is under construction now. But the emphasis of this precisely written, meticulously researched study is on the most recent work. And there are some fascinating stories behind the more celebrated examples…. What concerns [Newhouse] most is the connection between the visual and the aural, the relationship of the art of design to the act of listening, a synthesis that can take us into the sublime, one of the most complex and powerful experiences that architecture can provide…. Because she understands the nature and necessity of social, technological and architectural change, she goes beyond conventional architectural criticism and acoustical analysis to outspoken criticism of the results. And she has come to some surprising conclusions.”
—Ada Louise Huxtable, Wall Street Journal

“Lucidly written, splendidly illustrated . . . Newhouse’s illuminating survey . . . includes [China,] Los Angeles, Paris, New York and Oslo, before concluding with newer projects by Zaha Hadid in Baku, Azerbaijan, and Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbe Philharmonie in Hamburg.” —Manuela Hoelterhoff, Bloomberg News

“[M]ore fun than any niche-audience, coffee-table-ish architecture book has a right to be…. the book escapes the orbit of the typical typological survey partly through the charm and novelty of its subject, and partly through Newhouse’s own brisk approach through the earliest amphitheaters of the ancient Greeks, the grand spaces of the Renaissance and of the 19th century, to the forward-thinking and acoustically fine-tuned halls of today. It’s suprising that no comparable treatment of opera houses has been written before…. The pleasure of Site and Sound as a whole is how adroitly Newhouse navigates the dual audience—the opera buff on the one hand, the design fanatic on the other—with enough eye candy, backstage gossip, and techno–shop talk to sustain the interest of both.” —Surface magazine

“In this meticulously researched and sumptuously illustrated volume, Newhouse, an architectural historian… goes on a global tour of new musical structures, giving particular attention to frenetic recent activity in China. Along the way, she quizzes architects, acousticians, and musicians about an art whose fundamental principles have yet to be understood.” —The New Yorker

Praise for Towards a New Museum:

Towards a New Museum [is] about as complete a tour of the horizon of important new buildings as you are likely to find…. Ms. Newhouse is not just an astute and tireless visitor to these and many other places, but a trenchant critic and observer.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Reading through these pages is to be engaged in a provocative conversation with passionate, very intelligent people.” —The New York Times Book Review

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