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Finalists for Boston's 2017 Harleston Parker Medal Announced

14:00 - 26 August, 2017
Finalists for Boston's 2017 Harleston Parker Medal Announced

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has announced its finalists for the 2017 Harleston Parker Medal. Established in 1921, the medal is awarded to “the single most beautiful building or other structure” that is built in the city of Boston in the past 10 years. Established as a chapter of the AIA, the Boston Society of Architects, together with its sister organization the BSA Foundation, is committed to advocating great design and “sharing an appreciation for the built environment with the public at large.” This year’s jury led by Yugon Kim (IKD, TKSP Architects Boston) formed a panel of ten acclaimed Boston professionals representing a wide range of disciplines, from architecture to urban planning to media. 

Collier Memorial by Höweler + Yoon. Image Courtesy of Boston Society of Architects/AIA Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex by Payette. Image Courtesy of Boston Society of Architects/AIA Field Elementary School by Jonathan Levi Architects. Image Courtesy of Boston Society of Architects/AIA Boston Public Library, Central Library Renovation Project (Transformation of the Johnson Wing) by William Rawn Associates, Architects. Image Courtesy of Boston Society of Architects/AIA + 15

New Map Celebrates Boston’s Brutalist Architecture

06:00 - 16 August, 2017
New Map Celebrates Boston’s Brutalist Architecture, Courtesy of Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik
Courtesy of Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik

In their ninth architectural city guide, London-based publisher Blue Crow Media highlights the city of Boston’s Brutalist buildings. The map was produced in collaboration with the principles of the firm over,under Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik along with Michael Kubo, who together authored the book “Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston.” The map highlights more than forty examples of Brutalist architecture around the greater-Boston area.

Courtesy of Blue Crow Media Courtesy of Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik Courtesy of Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik Courtesy of Blue Crow Media + 8

KPF Advances Growth of Boston Seaport with Towered Mixed-Use Building

14:00 - 24 June, 2017
KPF Advances Growth of Boston Seaport with Towered Mixed-Use Building, Courtesy of KPF
Courtesy of KPF

Echelon Seaport, a mixed-used development designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and CBT Architects, will join the growing number of buildings and public spaces slated to revitalize the Boston Seaport neighborhood in the coming decade. The 1.3 million square foot property will accompany projects such as OMA’s 88 Seaport and developments by James Corner Field Operations, Sasaki, and NADAAA.

Courtesy of KPF Courtesy of KPF Courtesy of KPF Courtesy of Interior Designer, TBA, 2017 + 5

Common Boston 2017

16:25 - 19 June, 2017
Common Boston 2017

On June 3–4, the BSA Foundation presents the 2017 Common Boston Festival of architecture and design (#CB17) .This open-house architecture festival will unlock the doors to dozens of Boston’s architecturally, culturally, and historically significant sites, encouraging residents and tourists to consider why design matters, while tapping into unique stories that illuminate our vibrant communities. From historic sites to office towers to community gardens, participants will get unparalleled access to more than 50 unique sites that contribute to making greater Boston such an exceptional place to live, work, and play.

13 Buildings That Have Aged Magnificently

09:30 - 5 June, 2017
13 Buildings That Have Aged Magnificently

Humanity always cherishes great works of art that stand the test of time. This June, for example, marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ psychedelic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s dystopian Ok Computer. These psychologically satisfying birthdays have generated serious appreciation and nostalgia. Similarly, we also love to praise the longevity of innovative architecture. The AIA bestows an annual “Twenty-five Year Award” to acknowledge projects that have "stood the test of time” and “exemplify design of enduring significance.” But one project a year seems stingy. Below are 15 modern classics which, though not always given the easiest start in life, we’ve come to adore:

© <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/leandrociuffo/3665886505'>Flickr user Leandro Neumann Ciuffo</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/aseles/6149740236'>Flickr user Andrew Seles</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/'>CC BY-ND 2.0</a> © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/g_firkser/6233067891'>Flickr user Gavin Firkser</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY 2.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bank-of-china_clean-img-sma.jpg'>Wikimedia user LERA Engineering</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> + 14

OMA Designs Carved Mixed-Use Building for Boston Seaport

11:50 - 31 May, 2017
OMA Designs Carved Mixed-Use Building for Boston Seaport, Rendering of 88 Seaport Boulevard, a mixed-use retail and office project designed by OMA and developed by WS Development in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood. Image © OMA. Rendering by Bloom
Rendering of 88 Seaport Boulevard, a mixed-use retail and office project designed by OMA and developed by WS Development in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood. Image © OMA. Rendering by Bloom

OMA New York has revealed renderings for it latest project, a 490,000-square-foot mixed-used retail and office development located at 88 Seaport Boulevard in the emerging Boston Seaport neighborhood. Being developed by Massachusetts-based property developer WS Development, the structure adds to a growing collection of quality architecture commissioned for the district, including projects by James Corner Field Operations, Sasaki, and NADAAA.

"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.