Archinect - News 2014-09-19T22:00:14-04:00 Tour the spectacular new Mariinsky Theatre with architect Jack Diamond Archinect 2013-05-01T13:50:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T13:29:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It may seem surprising that a Canadian was chosen to design a Russian state-funded match for the historic Mariinsky Theatre. Gergiev, general and artistic director of the theatre, visited Diamond&rsquo;s Four Seasons Centre, home of the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, and was wowed. When Gergiev and Diamond met for dinner the following year, the two saw eye to eye on everything from acoustics to street continuity.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jack Diamond, of Diamond Schmitt Architects, takes CBC on a tour of the new Mariinsky Theatre, to open tomorrow in St. Petersburg.</p> <p> More about the Mariinsky II can be found <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on D+S's website</a>.</p> Rafael Viñoly Takes The Opera Stage Archinect 2011-07-27T12:52:00-04:00 >2012-11-15T00:35:55-05:00 <img src="" width="331" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week the architect Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly was speaking&mdash;not kindly&mdash;about colleagues of his who think they can do things besides make buildings. &ldquo;This is a profession,&rdquo; he said dryly, &ldquo;that generates an enormous amount of arrogance.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <i>&ldquo;Architects feel empowered to give opinions about politics and sociology and philosophy without knowing much about it,&rdquo; Mr. Vi&ntilde;oly said by phone from Beijing, where his firm is building an engineering school. &ldquo;Kind of in the same way that they think they can design furniture or fashion or utensils for dining. I think architects tend to believe that they can almost do anything, which is a wonderful characteristic, but in some cases you just fall flat. Theatrical design is just a completely different vocabulary. It&rsquo;s a very, very difficult thing to do well.&rdquo;</i></p> Toronto: From Civic to Culture Mason White 2006-04-08T10:46:00-04:00 >2013-05-01T14:05:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="201" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Chris Hume delcares a renaissance in Toronto, but is unmoved by the new (Mall-like) Four Seasons Peforming Arts Centre. | <a href=";c=Article&amp;cid=1144446610687&amp;call_pageid=968350130169&amp;col=969483202845" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thestar</a></p> <p> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diamond Schmitt</a></p>