This news just came over the press wire (a fancy way of saying it arrived in my email inbox). The Oregon Convention Center has achieved LEED Platinum certification. This makes it only one of two U.S. convention centers to hold that distinction.
“For the Oregon Convention Center to achieve LEED Platinum certification is an extraordinary accomplishment and represents the high value our community places on environmental stewardship,” said Scott Cruickshank, executive director of the Oregon Convention Center. “It’s also a testament to our staff whose years of dedication and commitment toward sustainable practices and responsible building management made this achievement possible.”
Platinum is the highest level a building can receive.
“Although this is major accomplishment, we will continue to explore new and innovative ways that the convention center can further reduce its carbon footprint and continue to be a role model for the entire convention industry,” Cruickshank said.
The Oregon Convention Center will play host to this year’s VenueConnect, July 26-29.
There was a lot of news this past week. Here are some stories that caught our eyes.
Introducing Populous’ Living Park, an Exclusive Baseball Stadium for the Future
“A park that doesn’t simply sink into the dense urban fabric of a city, but merges with it, creating a completely new vision of stadium facades, community and interaction.”
FCC to Tackle Media Ownership, Spectrum Allocation Rules at March Meeting
“The FCC will consider a report and order that seeks to revise rules that would liberate 100 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum in the 5150-5250 MHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi use.”
Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center Launches National Music Theater Institute, Ensuring Future of Broadway Musical
“The O’Neill promises that the faculty will consist of “industry professionals and master teachers” but has not yet announced the names.”
Bigger Ice in NHL Arenas? It’s a Conversation Worth Having
“While the NHL’s unlikely to ever move to international size ice surfaces, there is an appetite for some amendments to the current standard.”
8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains
“Some cognition experts have praised the effects of tech on the brain, lauding its ability to organize our lives and free our minds for deeper thinking. Others fear tech has crippled our attention spans and made us uncreative and impatient when it comes to anything analog.”
(Image: Sports Illustrated/Populous)
Engineers at Duke University have built the world’s first 3-D acoustic cloaking device. For venues, this could help with architectural acoustics.
“The particular trick we’re performing is hiding an object from sound waves,” said Steven Cummer, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke University, in an article written by Ken Kingery . “By placing this cloak around an object, the sound waves behave like there is nothing more than a flat surface in their path.”
This all has to do with the field of metamaterials (artificial materials that exhibit properties not normally found in nature). For this cloak, the materials manipulating the sound waves are plastic and air. The final construction looks like a pyramid—plastic plates with air holes in them stacked above each other.
“To give the illusion that it isn’t there, the cloak must alter the waves’ trajectory to match what they would look like had they had reflected off a flat surface,” Kingery wrote. “Because the sound is not reaching the surface beneath, it is traveling a shorter distance and its speed must be slowed to compensate.”
Cummer said that even though the structure looks simple, it’s actually more difficult than it appears and the team had to put a lot of thought into how the sound waves would interact with it.
“To test the cloaking device, researchers covered a small sphere with the cloak and ‘pinged’ it with short bursts of sound from various angles,” Kingery wrote. “Using a microphone, they mapped how the waves responded and produced videos of them traveling through the air. Cummer and his team then compared the videos to those created with both an unobstructed flat surface and an uncloaked sphere blocking the way. The results clearly show that the cloaking device makes it appear as though the sound waves reflected off an empty surface.”
Cummer said that there’s potential for using this technology in venues.
“…the design of auditoriums or concert halls—any space where you need to control the acoustics,” he said. “If you had to put a beam somewhere for structural reasons that was going to mess up the sound, perhaps you could fix the acoustics by cloaking it.”
(Image: Duke University)
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The program has no age limitations. You may want to learn about the latest smartphone apps, the latest techniques in ensuring the fan experience, advocacy laws that are applicable in your state or region—everyone can learn something from someone.
If you’d like to experience the value of this member benefit, please apply by March 26. If you have questions, please contact me at 972.906.7441. You can complete your application online at www.iavm.org/mentor.
There’s an upcoming event that I think many you may be interested in attending, especially if you’re in the North Texas area. It’s called the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo, and it will feature more than 12 areas of education and meetings for every specialty skill in the entertainment and theater industries. It all takes place March 26-29 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
“In looking at what might interest IAVM members, sessions such as ‘Life Safety Management – Crowd Manager,’ ‘Creating Safety Plans,’ and ‘Death by Meeting’ (lead by one of the folks from Disney) are natural fits,” said Barbara E.R. Lucas, USITT director of communications & Sightlines editor. “Others, which include ‘You can almost hear the OSHA’ are also important. ‘Egress Lighting’ from our Architecture Commission may not be the session that draws the biggest crowd, but our attendees are looking forward to its insights. It is a collaboration of our Architecture, Engineering, and Safety & Health commissions.”
What’s more, IAVM members also have a great opportunity to learn about new products and resources at Stage Expo as a USITT guest. Visit www.usitt.org/iavm to register for the expo for free.
(Image: From the USITT Facebook page)