Tuesday (6/16) on the Atlanta-based artscricitATL.com blog, Catherine Fox and Pierre Ruhe write, “At first blush, the Woodruff Art Center’s master plan—revealed this afternoon at a press briefing—make good common and creative sense. Commissioned by the arts center in fall 2008 from Boston-based Sasaki Associates, it builds on the conceit that architect/planner Renzo Piano introduced in the 2005 expansion: a village for the arts. Ultimately, most of the original Memorial Arts Building, costing $8 million when it opened in 1968 and showing its wear, will be dismantled or razed. … Phase I involves building a new [Atlanta Symphony Orchestra] Symphony Center at the high-profile Peachtree and 15th-street corner. This continues the effort to give each division its own presence and identity, which began when the High Museum moved out of the Memorial Art Building in 1983. … Phase I answers the ASO’s demands to get a performance space that’s up to national standards.” In Thursday’s (6/18) Atlanta Journal Constitution, Howard Pausner reports, “Late Wednesday afternoon, the Woodruff’s executive committee unanimously approved this ‘road map for the future.’ ”

Posted June 18, 2009