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Boston By Bulfinch

10:52 - 29 June, 2016
Boston By Bulfinch, Image: Detail from 1844 map showing the Bulfinch Triangle in Boston, George W. Boynton, credit: NewtonCourt​, Creative Commons License, modified.
Image: Detail from 1844 map showing the Bulfinch Triangle in Boston, George W. Boynton, credit: NewtonCourt​, Creative Commons License, modified.

Known as America’s first architect, Charles Bulfinch (1763-1844) defined the Federal style of architecture and the physical fabric of Boston, capturing the vision and spirit of the young Republic. As an architect, town planner, and selectman, Bulfinch designed some of the city’s most enduring buildings, including iconic Beacon Hill mansions and the area now known as the Bulfinch Triangle near the Boston’s TD Garden. Join the BSA Foundation and Boston By Foot for an exploration of some of his greatest works, including the Massachusetts State House, the sites of Boston’s first theater and first Catholic cathedral, and the Tontine Crescent—his architectural masterpiece and ultimately his financial ruin.

Architecture Print is Dead, Long Live Architecture Print!

12:47 - 28 June, 2016
Architecture Print is Dead, Long Live Architecture Print!, Architecture Print is Dead, Long Live Architecture Print! - Curator: Arshia Eghbali, Executive Director: Amirhossein Adelfar
Architecture Print is Dead, Long Live Architecture Print! - Curator: Arshia Eghbali, Executive Director: Amirhossein Adelfar

The “Architecture Print is Dead, Long Live Architecture Print!” exhibition, curated by Arshia Eghbali, and with the help of Amirhossein Adelfar as executive director, is a part of the First Tehran Architecture Biennial. It opened on May 12 and will continue until July 13. The exhibition illustrates a mini-history of alternative architecture publication parallel to the story of science-fiction fanzines, punk zines, underground press and artists’ indie publications; and also showcases a number of contemporary architecture zines from around the world. “Architecture Print is Dead, Long Live Architecture Print!” celebrates and defines the architecture zine culture. 

Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge

12:41 - 28 June, 2016
Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge, Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.
Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.

Let your inner designer out and explore the playful side of architecture at this hands-on program for adults. Join other kids at heart and build amazing structures with BSA Space’s LEGO® collection, while enjoying beer, wine, snacks, and conversation.

UNITE: The Problem With Play

12:37 - 28 June, 2016
UNITE: The Problem With Play, Image: Imagination Playground, New York, the Rockwell Group. Photo credit: Chris Amaral.
Image: Imagination Playground, New York, the Rockwell Group. Photo credit: Chris Amaral.

Kick start your playful summer with a panel discussion about the impact of design on childhood development! Inspired by BSA Space’s new exhibition, Extraordinary Playscapes, an array of unique panelists will consider ways to prevent barriers of play in urban areas. The conversation will delve into how play is related to design, psychology, parenting, architecture, and development while highlighting the role of designers in a more playful future. After the talk, participants will enjoy light refreshments and exclusive access to the exhibition.

A Tale of Two Very Different Play Solutions

12:16 - 28 June, 2016
A Tale of Two Very Different Play Solutions, Image: Courtesy of Design Museum Boston
Image: Courtesy of Design Museum Boston

Join Michael Laris and Missy Benson ASLA of Playworld as they explore the design processes of two very different urban play solutions: PlayCubes (originally designed by Richard Dattner FAIA in 1969) and PlayForm7, both featured as part of Extraordinary Playscapes, currently on view at BSA Space.

Kids Design Workshop: Nature Play

12:12 - 28 June, 2016
Kids Design Workshop: Nature Play, Image: Courtesy of Design Museum Boston.
Image: Courtesy of Design Museum Boston.

This workshop invites both children and parents to participate in building unique playscapes with natural materials on The Greenway. Led by local artist and craftsman, Mitch Ryerson, each session will focus on the importance of nature play, group building, teamwork, imagination, and learning to build with new materials. This event is part of a series of family and children’s workshops hosted by Design Museum Boston and the BSA Foundation, focusing on design and play throughout the summer.

Fatamorgana: Utzon meets Jorn

16:00 - 26 June, 2016
Fatamorgana: Utzon meets Jorn

Utzon Center, Aalborg, recently opened their newest exhibition - FATAMORGANA - about Jørn Utzon’s mythical unbuilt project for Silkeborg Museum intended to house the art and private collection of the Danish expressionist painter; Asger Jorn. The exhibition unfolds the museum, which never was realised. A museum where art meets architecture and Utzon and Jorn worked on the edge of the possible!

Sergei Tchoban: Bridges & Spires - Drawing Reflections on Past and Future

08:00 - 26 June, 2016
Sergei Tchoban: Bridges & Spires - Drawing Reflections on Past and Future, Sergei Tchoban: Bridges & Spires
Sergei Tchoban: Bridges & Spires

German-Russian architect, artist, and collector Sergei Tchoban’s new exhibition Bridges & Spires: Reflections on Past and Future presents over 60 large format drawings and watercolors of existing and imaginary structures and ruins, as well as futuristic fantasies of context and gravity defying urban pasts and futures. The exhibition gathers Tchoban’s diverse oeuvre of drawings – from his travels throughout Europe, America, and Asia to urban fantasies that inhabit imaginary underwater canals in St. Petersburg and Venice, and the skies over Berlin and New York. The drawings on view, which span from 1983 to 2016, many exhibited for the first time, present the artist’s continuous pursuit, which is independent of his professional practice.

Spotlight: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

12:00 - 25 June, 2016
Spotlight: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, © Frank Hanswijk
© Frank Hanswijk

Through their pioneering theory and provocative built work, husband and wife duo Robert Venturi (born June 25, 1925) and Denise Scott Brown (born October 3, 1931) were at the forefront of the postmodern movement, leading the charge in one of the most significant shifts in architecture of the 20th century by publishing seminal books such as Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (authored by Robert Venturi alone) and Learning from Las Vegas (co-authored by Venturi, Scott Brown and Steven Izenour).

Spotlight: Álvaro Siza

08:00 - 25 June, 2016
Spotlight: Álvaro Siza, The Building on the Water. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
The Building on the Water. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

One of the most highly regarded architects of his generation, Portugese architect Álvaro Siza (born 25 June 1933) is known for his sculptural works that have been described as "poetic modernism." When he was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1992, Siza was credited as being a successor of early modernists: the jury citation describes how "his shapes, molded by light, have a deceptive simplicity about them; they are honest."

Spotlight: Antoni Gaudí

07:00 - 25 June, 2016
Spotlight: Antoni Gaudí, La Sagrada Familia's passion facade. Image © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família
La Sagrada Familia's passion facade. Image © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família

When Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (25 June 1852 – 10 June 1926) graduated from the Barcelona Architecture School in 1878, the director of the school Elies Rogent reportedly declared: "Gentlemen, we are here today either in the presence of a genius or a madman!" [1] Well over a century later, this tension is still evident in Gaudí's work; though he is widely regarded as a genius architect, his distinctive style stands as a singularity in architectural history - simultaneously awe-inspiring and bizarre, never fitting into any stylistic movement, and never adapted or emulated, except by those still working to complete his magnum opus, Barcelona's famous Sagrada Família.

Spotlight: Benedetta Tagliabue

12:30 - 24 June, 2016
Spotlight: Benedetta Tagliabue, Santa Caterina Market. Image © Flickr user ligthelm licensed under CC BY 2.0
Santa Caterina Market. Image © Flickr user ligthelm licensed under CC BY 2.0

Benedetta Tagliabue (born 24 June 1963) is an Italian architect known for designs which are sensitive to their context and yet still experimental in their approach to forms and materials. Her diverse and complex works have marked out her Barcelona-based firm EMBT as one of the most respected Spanish practices of the 21st century.

Sharing Models: Manhattanisms

16:00 - 23 June, 2016
Sharing Models: Manhattanisms

July 15th – September 2nd, 2016

July 14th Exhibition Opening
6 – 7 pm: Press and Members Preview [RSVP]
7 – 9 pm: Public Opening [RSVP]

We are experiencing the emergence of a culture that is marked by a return to, redefinition, and expansion of the notion of the commons. The increasing complexity and interconnectedness of globalization is reorienting us away from trends that have emphasized individuation and singular development, and toward new forms of collectivity.

Over the last decade, emerging technologies and economies have affected aspects of our everyday life, from the way we work and travel, to how we

Open Call: Faraway, So Close - 25th Biennial of Design (BIO 25)

07:00 - 23 June, 2016
Open Call: Faraway, So Close - 25th Biennial of Design (BIO 25), Farway So Close, BIO 25; Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani
Farway So Close, BIO 25; Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani

Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) has launched an open call for participation in FARAWAY, SO CLOSE – 25th Biennial of Design (BIO 25), curated by Angela Rui and Maja Vardjan.

The call is dedicated to designers, architects, filmmakers, graphic designers, interaction designers, illustrators, writers, animators, photographers, researchers and other interdisciplinary agents who see the biennial as an experimental, collaborative platform for testing, developing and sharing their own approach and expertise within the issues and structure of the new biennial format.

Architecture Is The Music of Space Five Exceptional Concert Halls in Europe

18:25 - 22 June, 2016
Architecture Is The Music of Space Five Exceptional Concert Halls in Europe, Foto: Jakub Certowicz, press materials of the exhibition 'Architecture is the Music of Space'
Foto: Jakub Certowicz, press materials of the exhibition 'Architecture is the Music of Space'

On June 22, 2016 the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin will house the vernissage of the Architecture Is The Music of Space exhibition. It will present an architectural analysis of five outstanding concert halls, constructed in Europe in recent years (in Szczecin, Oslo, Blaibach, Reykjavik and Porto), and an exceptional work of art created as an homage to the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic.

City Sketch: Faneuil Hall

18:19 - 22 June, 2016
City Sketch: Faneuil Hall, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, credit: yeowatzup, Creative Commons License, modified.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, credit: yeowatzup, Creative Commons License, modified.

Would you like to get outside this summer? Have you wanted to meet others with an interest in art and architecture? Why not do both together at City Sketch? Sketch-artist extraordinaire Andrew Guild will be your guide at this hands-on outdoor sketching session as you explore architectural sketching processes and techniques. Try your hand at sketching building facades and gain a better understanding of the basics of perspective drawing. Together you’ll venture out into the city to capture your own views of Boston’s landmarks.

City Sketch: Post Office Square

18:14 - 22 June, 2016
City Sketch: Post Office Square

Would you like to get outside this summer? Have you wanted to meet others with an interest in art and architecture? Why not do both together at City Sketch? Sketch-artist extraordinaire Andrew Guild will be your guide at this hands-on outdoor sketching session as you explore architectural sketching processes and techniques. Try your hand at sketching building facades and gain a better understanding of the basics of perspective drawing. Together you’ll venture out into the city to capture your own views of Boston’s landmarks.

The Dark Side of Boston

18:05 - 22 June, 2016
The Dark Side of Boston, Scary Shadow, James Vaughan, credit: yeowatzup, Creative Commons License, modified.
Scary Shadow, James Vaughan, credit: yeowatzup, Creative Commons License, modified.

Join the BSA Foundation and Boston By Foot for an exploration of the darker side of Boston! Based on historic events, this guided walk proves that fact is often stranger than fiction. Topics include the scourges of smallpox and the Great Influenza, the dangers of Richmond Street, the vandalization of the Royal Governor's House, the Molasses Flood, body snatchers, and the infamous Brink's Robbery, all against the backdrop of the varied architecture in one of Boston's oldest neighborhoods.