Penn State Architecture and Engineering students enrolled in the “Secret Life of Public Spaces Studio” course spent the year building machines in collaboration with renowned Los Angeles-based Diavolo Dance Theater, which features dancers, gymnasts, and actors who create performances on moving structures.
The studio grew out of a $251,670 grant that was awarded in September 2010 to Penn State’s Center for the Performing Arts. Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the prestigious Creative Campus Innovations Grant integrates the performing arts into the University and surrounding community.
Along with the Center for the Performing Arts, five other organizations at colleges and universities across the country received the grant. As one of 31 semifinalists, Penn State had received $7,000 to develop a project concept to be considered for the final selection. Semifinalists came from a pool of 150 applicants.