Latest Issue of ArchitectureBoston Devoted Entirely To Architecture & Design Books

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This summer, ArchitectureBoston gives readers a reason to linger in their hammocks a little longer and drift away into the world of architecture and design. The new issue contains extensive and insightful suggestions for book lovers looking to build a personal library of new and important titles. Read on for more information.

ArchitectureBoston’s Latest Issue Offers Design Recommendations For A New Boston

Available today, the spring 2014 issue of ArchitectureBoston magazine, Blueprint for a New Mayor, investigates the critical design challenges facing ’s first new leader in two decades. The issue focuses on the city’s challenges surrounding housing, transportation, public space, and regionalization, plus offers recommendations for designing a that is more open, safe, beautiful, and fair. Visit architectureboston.com to read the latest issue.

Case Studies in Coastal Vulnerability: Boston, Seoul, Hamburg, Bangladesh & New York

Water floods the Plaza Shops in Manhattan after Superstorm Sandy, 2012. Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images.

This article originally appeared in the latest issue of ArchitectureBoston as “Troubled Waters.“ 

The challenges of sea-level rise cross boundaries of all sorts: geographic, political, social, economic. Proposed mitigation strategies will also necessarily shift and overlap. Here, we present five case studies from across the globe that offer intriguing ways—some operational, some philosophical—to address the threats associated with climate change. Drawing on a research initiative focused on vulnerabilities in Boston, a team at Sasaki Associates developed these additional design-strategy icons to illustrate the layered approaches. They are adaptable, the better to meet the unique demands of each coastal community.

ArchitectureBoston’s Latest Issue Tackles Coastal Vulnerability

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The new issue of ArchitectureBoston magazine, Coast, focuses on the thin border of continental crust that is home to 45 percent of the world’s population. The issue examines how architects and urban planners can mitigate or accommodate sea-level rise and storm surges associated with climate change. Coast promotes debate and offers answers and opportunities surrounding a problem that will inevitably affect most of the world’s urban residents in years to come.

Three Pier Bridge / Studio Providence LLC

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The design of this project by Studio Providence LLC, a partnership by Friedrich St. Florian Architects and 3six0 Architecture, was the result of an international competition. Awarded by the Society of Architects with an esteemed Unbuilt Project Award, the proposal uses three piers that are evocative of the fishing piers of New England.

BSA (Boston Society of Architects) Space / Höweler + Yoon Architecture

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The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) recently opened its new headquarters, BSA Space, ’s leading cultural institution on architecture and design. The design of the new headquarters by -based firm Höweler + Yoon Architecture is centered around a highly visible “cloud” ceiling and an iconic stair. These two architectural elements act as brand markers for BSA Space and an invitation into the exhibits and meeting spaces above. More images and project description after the break.

BSA Lecture Series

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Boston Society of Architects (BSA) recently launched their lecture series which opens up on September 21st with Jeremiah Eck, FAIA as he considers a simple way to infuse sustainability and light in homes; Barnaby Evans does something similar for cities while Chee Pearlman enlists design for the betterment of humanity and Audrey O’Hagan, looks boldly toward the future of the profession. All free BSA lectures take place at 6:00 pm at the BSA Space multimedia room (290 Congress Street, ). More information on the series after the break.

Preservation Achievement Award Winners

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The Boston Society of Architects shared with us their publication where members were given honorable recognition for receiving the Preservation Achievement Award by the Preservation Alliance. While, undoubtedly, these iconic  buildings have been highlights to the city of , they are now being acclaimed for being buildings of historic preservation while creating a resounding impact for society and beyond. Flip through the Society of Architects’ images to view stunning work by architects after the break.

2010 Unbuilt Awards / Boston Society of Architects

Retreat House by Hutker Architects

The Boston Society of Architects shared the four winning projects for the with us.  Each year, the BSA sponsors this award program to honor and promote excellent design.  Any project typology can be submitted for review, as long as the project is either purely theoretical or an unbuilt client sponsored project.  The four winners show the diversity of the award as the projects vary in program, materiality and, of course, their design strategy.  The winning projects and teams include: Land of Giants by Choi & Shine Architects,  Playcloud by Nameless Architecture, Retreat House by Hutker Architects and Putting the Farm Back in Farmington by University of Arkansas Community Design Center.

More about the four projects after the break.

The practice of living system design, a lecture by William Reed

The Boston Society of Architects lecture series on architecture and the built environment illuminates the ways in which all of us shape the design of our neighborhoods and cities, and the profound impact design has on our communities and the way in which we live.

AIA, a nationally recognized sustainability expert and architect at the Integrative Design Collaborative, Regenesis and Delving Deeper, spoke on developing a whole-systems design process that lifts building and community planning into full integration and co-evolution with living systems in the region. Reed is a founding board member of the U.S. Green Building Council and co-author of The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building: Redefining the Practice of Sustainability.

For more information on the lecture series at the Boston Public Library, click here.

Urban sustainable living, a lecture by Patti Moreno

The Boston Society of Architects lecture series on architecture and the built environment illuminates the ways in which all of us shape the design of our neighborhoods and cities, and the profound impact design has on our communities and the way in which we live.

Patti “Garden Girl” Moreno, a writer and television host in Roxbury, Massachusetts, spoke on urban organic gardening at a recent presentation. Moreno addressed composting, growing enough produce to feed a family on a city plot, designing edible landscapes and other sustainable living practices. She is a contributing editor to Fine Gardening’s GROW magazine, writer for Organic Gardening Magazine and The Old Farmers’ Almanac, and the co-host of Growing a Greener World, a new public television show about gardening and living sustainably.

For more information on the lecture series at the Public Library, click here.