“Some Kind of Joy” Profiles Architecture Firm That Designed EMPAC

Troy, NY — In 2001, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and his practice won the architectural competition for the design of the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Throughout the building’s construction, the collaboration between Grimshaw Architects, now just Grimshaw, and Rensselaer was very close in all details of this extraordinary project.

On Monday, March 27, EMPAC and the Rensselaer School of Architecture will screen the new documentary Some Kind of Joy: The Inside Story of Grimshaw in Twelve Buildings at 6PM in the EMPAC Theater. Admission is free. The film will be introduced by Grimshaw partner William Horgan, who was the lead project architect for EMPAC.
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Directed by Sam Hobkinson, Some Kind of Joy revisits key projects from the history of this renowned architectural practice. From Nicholas Grimshaw’s first scheme, created in 1967, to iconic projects like Bath SpaSouthern Cross Stationthe Eden ProjectFulton Center, and EMPAC, the film offers first-hand accounts from the people who brought these buildings to life, and shows the inspiration, design, and occasional trials and tribulations of delivering out-of-the-ordinary buildings.

Sir Nicholas Grimshaw opened his firm, Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, in 1980 and currently operates offices in London, Melbourne, Sydney, and New York City with his 17 partners. The firm is regarded as a pioneer of “high-tech architecture,” which integrates elements of industry and technology into its design.

Some Kind of Joy: The Inside Story of Grimshaw in Twelve Buildings is a co-presentation of EMPAC and the Rensselaer School of Architecture. After the screening, William Horgan will hold a Q&A session for the audience to get to know the EMPAC project within the context of Grimshaw’s architectural legacy.

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities and technologies, and by breathing the same air. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work in a building designed with sophisticated architectural and technical infrastructure. Four exceptional venues and studios enable audiences, artists, and researchers to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for cross-disciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.

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