Congress Halls

Doha, Qatar | July, 2019 - In the 2nd century, Ptolemy wrote "Catara" as the first known designation on a map for what we now know as the Qatar Peninsula. The Katara Cultural Village, named from an 18th century variant on Ptolemy's name, is a 21st century project in Qatar's…

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Suhl, Thuringia, Germany | April, 2019 - For hundreds of years, arts venues in Europe were designed to have acoustics that supported the type of performance to which each was dedicated. Theaters had short reverberation times for greater intelligibility and concert halls longer times for richness, while opera houses fell…

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Beijing, China | October, 2013 - An icon of the modern People's Republic of China, Beijing's Great Hall of the People is truly a towering architectural achievement. The 1.9million square foot (171,800 sq m) hall, overlooking the city's Tiananmen Square, was originally constructed in just 10 months, officially opening in…

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Beirut, Lebanon | October, 2013 - The tall, domed central hall of the Lebanese Parliament building in Beirut has long been known as an acoustically challenging environment. But after many years and numerous attempts, a recent renovation has brought the building's rogue reverberation under control, bringing clarity and high intelligibility…

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Washington, DC | October, 2012 - America's capitol city is rich in history, and one of its most revered landmarks is the United States Capitol building. Thousands of people tour the Capitol each day, and for most their visit includes the vast Central Rotunda.Connecting both houses of Congress, the Rotunda…

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