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Set in Stone - Building America’s New Generation of Arts Facilities: 1994-2008

Look Before You Leap: Some Useful Guides

Building for the Arts: A Guidebook for the Planning and Design of Cultural Facilities.
Catherine R. Brown, William B. Fleissig, William R. Morrish. Western States Arts Foundation, 1984.

Are you Ready for a Cultural Facility Project? (PDF).
Willem Brans, Vice President, Arts Consulting Group. 2012.

City of Vancouver Cultural Facility Planning and Development Self-Assessment Checklist (PDF).

What Cultural Building Projects Can Teach Us About Big Decisions: Additional Resources (PDF).
A list of supplementary resources to accompany the video.

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