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"See You in Court!": 9 of Architecture’s Nastiest Lawsuits

09:30 - 8 May, 2017
© <a href=‘https://www.flickr.com/photos/diversey/16868722144/'>Flickr user diversey</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-2.0</a>
© Flickr user diversey licensed under CC BY-2.0

What did Pritzker Prize winner Frank Gehry get when he designed the Stata Center, an exuberantly whimsical academic complex for MIT? A very large check, plus a major lawsuit, alleging negligence and breach of contract due to rampant leaks, mold, cracks, drainage problems and sliding ice. Sometimes the most inspired designs can go awry. And when they do, some clients lawyer up. Here are 9 fascinating examples.

Treepedia - MIT Maps and Analyses Tree Coverage in Major Cities

12:00 - 23 April, 2017
Treepedia - MIT Maps and Analyses Tree Coverage in Major Cities, Users can compare their green canopy to cities across the world. Image Courtesy of MIT Senseable City Lab
Users can compare their green canopy to cities across the world. Image Courtesy of MIT Senseable City Lab

Researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab have launched a new platform using Google Street View data to measure and compare the green canopies of major cities across the world. Treepedia, created in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, is an interactive website which allows users to view the location and size of their city’s trees, submit information to help tag them, and advocate for more trees in their area. In the development of Treepedia, the Senseable City Lab recognizes the role of green canopies in urban life, and asks how citizens can be more integral to the process of greening their neighborhoods.

Treepedia Boston. Image Courtesy of MIT Senseable City Lab Treepedia New York City. Image Courtesy of MIT Senseable City Lab Treepedia Tel Aviv. Image Courtesy of MIT Senseable City Lab Treepedia Toronto. Image Courtesy of MIT Senseable City Lab +7

Download High Resolution World City Maps for CAD

12:00 - 12 April, 2017

Mapacad is a website that offers downloads of .dwgs of dozens of cities. With 200 metropolises in their database, the founders have shared a set of their most-downloaded cities.  

The files contain closed polyline layers for buildings, streets, highways, city limits, and geographical data--all ready for use in CAD programs like Autocad, Rhino, BricsCad and SketchUp. 

Bruce C. Bolling Building by Mecanoo and Sasaki Wins 2017 Harleston Parker Medal

16:05 - 22 February, 2017
Bruce C. Bolling Building by Mecanoo and Sasaki Wins 2017 Harleston Parker Medal, via Mecanoo
via Mecanoo

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has announced announced Mecanoo and Sasaki as the winners of the 2016 Harleston Parker Medal for their design of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building. Awarded each year by the BSA and the City of Boston, the prestigious award honors “the single most beautiful” building or structure built in the metropolitan Boston area over the past 10 years.

The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built

04:00 - 24 January, 2017
The Unexpected Stories Behind 10 Skyscrapers That Were Actually Built, Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco
Torre Velasca. Image © José Tomás Franco

As long as there have been buildings mankind has sought to construct its way to the heavens. From stone pyramids to steel skyscrapers, successive generations of designers have devised ever more innovative ways to push the vertical boundaries of architecture. Whether stone or steel, however, each attempt to reach unprecedented heights has represented a vast undertaking in terms of both materials and labor – and the more complex the project, the greater the chance for things to go awry.

Ryugyong Hotel. Image © José Tomás Franco Robot Building. Image © José Tomás Franco CCTV Headquarters. Image © José Tomás Franco Cayan Tower. Image © José Tomás Franco +21

2017 Design Biennial Boston

16:00 - 23 December, 2016
2017 Design Biennial Boston, Design Biennial Boston, photography from 2015 installations
Design Biennial Boston, photography from 2015 installations

The fifth Design Biennial Boston will recognize emerging architects, landscape architects, and designers who have created inspiring and innovative practices in New England. The program showcases the most significant design leaders among the region's early-career, independent professional talent through a juried exhibition, publication, and site-specific public installation on Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway. Up to four winners and one runner-up will be selected for 2017, based on a review of portfolios of prior work. Each winner will create an installation with a budget of up to $10,000 and gain access to the Autodesk BUILD Space in Boston’s Innovation and Design Building.

The Economic and Social Power of Walkable Cities

08:00 - 5 December, 2016
The Economic and Social Power of Walkable Cities, New York, USA. Image © Flickr User: Jeffrey Zeldman. Licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
New York, USA. Image © Flickr User: Jeffrey Zeldman. Licence CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Over the last few years, the way Americans move around has changed remarkably, especially among young people. Previously the automobile was people’s preferred, if not the only, option. Now they are choosing to walk, bike, or use public transport according to recent studies.

This difference in preferred transportation methods has generated many benefits not only for residents but also for cities, in both economic and social terms. 

AIA Announces Recipients of Innovation Award

06:00 - 21 October, 2016
AIA Announces Recipients of Innovation Award, ©Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, © Keitaro Yoshioka, © Mortenson Construction, © Dana Wheelock
©Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, © Keitaro Yoshioka, © Mortenson Construction, © Dana Wheelock

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected this year's winners for the TAP/CCA Innovation Award, which highlights new practices and technologies that advance project delivery and life-cycle management of buildings. Categories for the awards, conferred by the AIA's Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community and the Construction Contract Administration (CCA) Knowledge Community), include Stellar Design, Project Delivery & Construction Administration Excellence, Academic Program/Curriculum Development, and Exemplary Use in a Small Firm. Voting is open from now until November 18th for favorite projects among the winners.

Astana Expo City 2017 (Astana, Kazakhstan) / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Glazing & Winter Comfort Tool (Boston, MA) / Payette. Image © Keitaro Yoshioka Epic Deep Space Auditorium (Verona, WI) / Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.. Image © Dana Wheelock Astana Expo City 2017 (Astana, Kazakhstan) / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture +22

Anna Yeroshenko Reimagines Architecture as Photographic Sculptures

06:00 - 4 October, 2016
Anna Yeroshenko Reimagines Architecture as Photographic Sculptures, © Anna Yeroshenko
© Anna Yeroshenko

In Hidden Dimension, Boston-based Russian photographer Anna Yeroshenko converts a series of architecture photographs into three-dimensional structures. The work is intended to transform the viewer’s perspective of forgettable utilitarian buildings and encourage a closer look at the physical and social impacts of the built environment on our everyday lives.

© Anna Yeroshenko © Anna Yeroshenko © Anna Yeroshenko © Anna Yeroshenko +11

Canstruction 2016

15:05 - 11 August, 2016
Canstruction 2016

Boston-area architects, engineers, contractors, designers, and students attending schools of architecture, engineering, and design participate in this annual charity event in which teams compete to display colossal sculptures made out of canned goods. Founded in 1992, Canstruction’s mission is to highlight the issue of hunger across communities, collect food for distribution to thousands and to showcase the creativity of the design industry.

Exhibition: Truth in Architecture: Works by Paul Stevenson Oles FAIA

11:15 - 3 August, 2016
Exhibition: Truth in Architecture: Works 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 has worked as independent architect, professor, author, and illustrator in the Boston area for over 40 years. This fall, BSA Space hosts a comprehensive exhibition featuring selections from the best drawings of Oles’s 50-year career, highlighting the legacy and value of hand drawing in a digital age.

Exhibition: Haymarket, The Soul of the City

11:15 - 3 August, 2016
Exhibition: 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.

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.

Boston’s Market District and Haymarket

11:05 - 3 August, 2016
Boston’s Market District and Haymarket, Image: Courtesy of Historic New England, photography by Justin Goodstein
Image: Courtesy of Historic New England, photography by Justin Goodstein

In association with Haymarket, The Soul of the City on view at BSA Space this fall, this engaging presentation looks at how Boston’s Market District evolved from a small central location for peddlers at Town Dock to today’s busy market of halal butchers, artisanal cheese mongers, and Cambodian fruit sellers.

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. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Boston City Centre, Boston City Bridge, credit: Phil Songa, Flickr, modified. Used under Creative Commons

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.