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Creating cultural places

Tateo Nakajima, Director - Arts, Culture and Entertainment at Arup, will be speaking at our 'Art Investment and Cities' Forum on 25th January at RIBA, London.

Previously he was one of the leaders of Artec Consultants and has worked on venues such as La Maison Symphonique in Montreal, Musikkenshus concert hall in Aalborg and the renovation of the Salle Pleyel concert hall in Paris.

Upcoming projects include the Muskkenshus Nordijland in Aalborg, the Grande Theatre de Rabat in Morocco, the Winspear Recital Hall extension in Edmonton and the National Music Forum in Wroclaw.

Tateo is interested in the integration of arts and culture into broader planning and spent two years leading the visioning , positioning and programming of the Core Arts and Culture venues for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong.

'Design briefs hardly ever include a description of the acoustic experience that should be achieved', he comments, 'in the performing arts, clients understand that they need acoustic designers to go beyond noise control...but shouldn't we be doing this in other environments, whether they are offices, hotels, hospitals or public spaces...we should be using acoustics in tandem with the spatial geometries, textures, light and colours to create spaces that elicit an emotional or even physical response'.

Listen to what Tateo has to say at our event this month along with cultural leaders on major projects from Croydon Council and Swindon Museums & Art Gallery Trust.

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