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Architect Magazine reimagines DPAC

Architect Magazine rethought the Denver Performing Arts Complex's architecture in a feature story.

Still, the performing arts center lived up to its initial critical acclaim, both artistically and economically. In the 1980s, as downtown Denver continued to struggle, the complex proved to be a major draw for city dwellers and suburbanites alike. That's still true. In 2013, according to an economic impact study, more than 781,000 patrons attended performances and events at DPAC. Of those, 77 percent came from outside the city. DPAC's total impact on Denver's economy, according to the study, was estimated at $141 million a year.

More than 35 years after it first opened, however, DPAC is showing its age. As the city booms -- since 2000, Denver's downtown population has increased from 7,000 to 19,000, with more on the way -- the complex, though still popular, has become something of an urban design relic. With help from New York-based H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, city officials are in the process of reimagining the center. A master plan is due by the end of the year. It's a complicated, politically charged assignment, but if done well, will bring a new center of vitality to downtown Denver.

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Eric is a Denver-based tech writer and guidebook wiz. Contact him here.
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