Peter Frumkin and Ana Kolendo: Building for the Arts: The Strategic Design of Cultural Facilities
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Peter Frumkin and Ana Kolendo, colleagues at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, have produced a fine study of the complexities of undertaking capital projects in the arts. Building for the Artsis the result of a two-year study with three research phases. The research team analyzed US building permit data from 745 capital projects of at least $4 million between 1994 and 2008. During this time, a veritable cultural building boom occurred in the US, in which over $16 billion was spent to build, expand, or renovate performing and visual arts institutions. The researchers then interviewed leaders of 58 capital projects. The third research phase involved in-depth field study of eleven projects, beginning with the building projects’ initial conception and following through until completion. Frumkin and Kolendo use the survey and interview data to develop the scaffolding for the study, then use the fine-grained details from the field studies to reveal...