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Truth in Architecture: Lecture by Paul Stevenson Oles FAIA

18:10 - 27 July, 2016
Truth in Architecture: Lecture by Paul Stevenson Oles FAIA, Image: Steve Oles’ prospective drawing of the Grand Louvre for I.M. Pei
Image: Steve Oles’ prospective drawing of the Grand Louvre for I.M. Pei

Considered one of the world’s premier architectural illustrators, Paul Stevenson Oles FAIA worked as independent architect, professor, author and illustrator in the Boston area for over 40 years. Join Oles for a special presentation as he explores his work featured in the exhibition Truth in Architecture at BSA Space, and provides a brief but intimate history of his remarkable career.

Opening Reception: Haymarket, The Soul of the City

18:05 - 27 July, 2016
Opening Reception: Haymarket, The Soul of the City, Image: Courtesy of Historic New England, photography by Justin Goodstein.
Image: Courtesy of Historic New England, photography by Justin Goodstein.

Don't miss the opening reception for Haymarket: The Soul of the City. This special event is the first opportunity to view the exhibition while enjoying complimentary drinks.

Haymarket: The Soul of the City presents images by photographer Justin H. Goodstein, as well videos featuring the sights, sounds, and voices of Haymarket that reflect the stories of long-time vendors and more recent immigrants who have created a diverse cross-section of cultures at the site. Interviews conducted by Historic New England’s Ken Turino document the market’s history, special holiday foods, and specific challenges facing the market today.

Arquitectonica Designs New Luxury Residential Tower for Boston

08:00 - 22 July, 2016
Arquitectonica Designs New Luxury Residential Tower for Boston, © Arquitectonica
© Arquitectonica

Arquitectonica has released the plans for Pierce Boston—its first building in Boston—a luxury residential condominium in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. With the recent large-scale real estate boom, the Fenway area is undergoing a massive transformation, with Pierce Boston to become the first building of its caliber in the neighborhood.

In an effort to balance new luxury with the existing iconic fabric of the area, the building is designed in simplicity with contemporary materials, so as to modernize the building against its context. Glass and metal will panel the façade, with the metal paneling patterned down to the scale and texture of a more traditional masonry brownstone. “As the building comes to grade and its opacity increases, it more closely reflects the history of the neighborhoods within which it rises” explained the architect in a press release. 

Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered

19:25 - 6 July, 2016
Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered, Boston City Centre, Boston City Bridge, credit: Phil Songa, Flickr, modified.
Boston City Centre, Boston City Bridge, credit: Phil Songa, Flickr, modified.

Boston has repeatedly reinvented its urban fabric to accommodate a growing population, the needs of business and industry, and the development of public and private transportation. From the first subway through the Big Dig, Boston has led the nation in transforming its cityscape. Join the BSA Foundation and Boston By Foot on this guided walking tour to uncover some of Boston’s many layers and explore its physical evolution, from the first American subway to the rise and fall of interstate highways to the recovery of Boston harbor.

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.

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.

Marginal Street Lofts / Merge Architects Inc

09:00 - 23 June, 2016
Marginal Street Lofts  / Merge Architects Inc, © John Horner Photography
© John Horner Photography

© John Horner Photography © John Horner Photography © John Horner Photography © John Horner Photography +19

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.

City Sketch: Copley Square

13:30 - 22 June, 2016
City Sketch: Copley 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.

Architecture Cruises

16:45 - 21 June, 2016
Architecture Cruises, Image courtesy of the Charles Riverboat Company.
Image courtesy of the Charles Riverboat Company.

This 90-minute tour, co-sponsored by the BSA Foundation, hosted by Charles Riverboat Company, and led by Boston By Foot guides offers spectacular views of historic and contemporary Boston architecture while providing fascinating information about many renowned architectural landmarks, including the Hancock Tower, Marriott’s Custom House, and Rowes Wharf, as well as cutting-edge contemporary buildings by today’s top architects.

Boston Public Market / Architerra

15:00 - 15 June, 2016
Boston Public Market  / Architerra, © Chuck Choi
© Chuck Choi

© Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi © Chuck Choi +22

Boston Society of Architects Announces Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition Winners

16:00 - 11 June, 2016
Boston Society of Architects Announces Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition Winners, Courtesy of the City of Boston and the Boston Society of Architects
Courtesy of the City of Boston and the Boston Society of Architects

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has announced the winners of the Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition. Launched in March, the competition sought to gather ideas for the future of the bridge that center around improving mobility, honoring history, and creating destination. The bridge, which opened in 1908, was closed in December 2014 due to structural integrity concerns.

As it was open to the public, the competition received ideas from architects, designers, historians and community members, overall resulting in 133 submissions, including 99 graphic designs and 34 essays.

Family Design Day: Playscapes

18:42 - 25 April, 2016
Family Design Day: Playscapes, Image: The Pulse Park, Denmark, CEBRA. Photo by Mikkel Frost.
Image: The Pulse Park, Denmark, CEBRA. Photo by Mikkel Frost.

Playgrounds are spaces where children and adults can have fun together. They also play an important role in the development of social and problem-solving skills. Explore the way playground design can improve the quality of life for children and families through a tour of the exhibition Extraordinary Playscapes and then design and build the perfect playscape for your neighborhood.

This program is in partnership with Design Museum Boston.

Art and Placemaking in Communities of Color

18:54 - 1 April, 2016
Art and Placemaking in Communities of Color, Image: R. Kennedy.
Image: R. Kennedy.

Join the Mattapan Cultural Arts Development (MCAD), Powerful Pathways Consulting, and the BSA Foundation for an interactive community conversation on arts, design, and placemaking. Through presentations, breakout discussions, and a mini-charrette, attendees will explore how design thinking can be applied in making inclusive communities and demonstrate how one of MCAD’s current projects engages the neighborhood in creative civic activity and advocacy.

This is a program of the Mattapan Cultural Arts Development, Powerful Pathways Consulting, and the BSA Foundation, and part of Boston Design Week 2016.

Teen Architecture Workshop

18:42 - 1 April, 2016
Teen Architecture Workshop, Image: Rendering courtesy of Add Inc/Stantec, modified.
Image: Rendering courtesy of Add Inc/Stantec, modified.

Explore architecture and interior design through a three-day hands-on design workshop in which you will create your own micro-housing unit—the new trend in innovative housing.

In this Learning By Design workshop you will have the opportunity to work with professional architects, tour an architecture firm, design and create a 3D model, and present your work to a panel of professionals. This workshop is for teenagers aged 13 to 16; no experience is necessary, but register now, as space is limited.