An amphitheater for Austin, Texas
Ballard, Celeste Lee
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ABSTRACT "Aesthetic beauty is inspired by the harmonious arrangement of order and disorder as it occurs in natural objects- in clouds, trees, mountain ranges or snow crystals. The shape of all these are dynamical processes jelled into physical forms, and particular combinations of order and disorder are typical for them." This harmony and discord described by James Gleick in Chaos can be seen in the activities and forms in nature. Dynamics create the resulting form which can then be studied through the use of fractal geometry. The fractals not only represent the physical forms but also the forces that create them. The forces and patterns of fractals are governed by what is known as strange attractors. These attractors are similar to a reference point about which these forces move. These patterns and forces can be observed in all dynamic systems from a global scale to a microscopic scale. The site is located in Austin, Texas, the state's capitoi. There is a very diverse culture in this city ranging from a large governmental workforce to a strong artists' community. The richness of this culture and Austin's impact on the rest of the country is best reflected in the musical culture. The Austin music industry is known worldwide and attracts musicians from the world to the annua! South by Southwest .. Music Festival. The facility is an amphitheater that will support primarily loca! Texas musicians and aiso serve as a large pe-'lormance area fo!- South by Soutnvvest. it wiH support an audience of 7000 people in both fixed and !av/n se2ting. The facility wii! feature eight small bars within the faciiity that wiii reflect tne aiversity and fragmentation of the musical culture of Austin. !t is located near dov\/ntown and Town Lake on Auditorium Shores.