Time throws the shortcomings of Australia’s grandest arts venues into sharp relief. Where once we settled for 20th-century theatrical and orchestral buildings that sacrificed acoustic acuity or stage design, capital cities are now ambitiously rebooting these cultural temples to match grand façades with better functioning interiors in a bid to become the nation’s major performing arts capital.

Arts Venues Concept renders of new QPAC theatre, courtesy of Snøhetta and Blight Rayner Architecture; the...

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