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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

  • Colleen@mergearchitects com

  • Location

    United States, East Boston, Boston, MA, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Elizabeth Whittaker
  • Design Team

    Allison Austin, Deb Katz, Parker Lee, Jamie Pelletier
  • Area

    12110.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    United States, Boston, MA, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Architerra
  • Area

    28000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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.

Design Museum Mornings: Playable Cities with Maggie Cooper

18:10 - 1 April, 2016
Design Museum Mornings: Playable Cities with Maggie Cooper, Image: Courtesy of KaBOOM!
Image: Courtesy of KaBOOM!

To celebrate the upcoming Extraordinary Playscapes exhibition in June, BSA Space is teaming up with co-curator Design Museum Boston for an event exploring how to make the urban environment more accessible to play. As part of the ongoing series Design Museum Mornings, this session will feature Maggie Cooper, City Initiatives manager at KaBOOM!, a nonprofit focused on bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children. Join Cooper for a candid conversation as she shares how to bring communities together through initiatives like group playground builds and playability walks, especially for children growing up in poverty. Free

Cambridge Science Festival Family Design Day: Imagine Boston with LEGO® Bricks

18:08 - 1 April, 2016
Cambridge Science Festival Family Design Day: Imagine Boston with LEGO® Bricks, Image: Mike Lawrie.
Image: Mike Lawrie.

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, discover the art and science of architecture and city planning. Find out what Boston might look like in 2030, and imagine new modes of transportation and vibrant places for “live, work, and play”! Explore how architects and urban planners apply notions of sustainability, transportation, housing, parks, and open space in their work, and share your thoughts on how to make the city more beautiful, resilient, and equitable. Lastly, bring your own fantastic ideas to life using LEGO® bricks, and present them to your design buddies.

KidsBuild!

18:06 - 1 April, 2016
KidsBuild!, ​Image: KidsBuild! 2015. Credit: Mike Lawrie.
​Image: KidsBuild! 2015. Credit: Mike Lawrie.

KidsBuild! will be held at BSA Space on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday April 10. Guided by professional architects, families will choose a construction site from a fictional city grid, design and build a building, and be awarded a certificate of occupancy from the city building inspectors.

Architecture, Beauty, and Thermodynamics: A Conversation with Iñaki Ábalos

14:39 - 28 March, 2016
Architecture, Beauty, and Thermodynamics: A Conversation with Iñaki Ábalos, Image courtesy of Iñaki Ábalos.
Image courtesy of Iñaki Ábalos.

Iñaki Ábalos, chair of the department of architecture at Harvard University, is a founding member of Ábalos + Sentkiewicz, an accomplished architecture practice with offices in Madrid, Boston, and Shanghai. Ábalos will discuss issues of architecture and the environment in his recent award-winning work.

Common Boston Festival 2016

14:30 - 28 March, 2016
Common Boston Festival 2016

Common Boston is teaming up with the BSA Foundation to produce a re-imagined and reinvigorated festival. Based in part on “open house” weekends in cities like New York and Chicago, the 2016 Common Boston festival will offer you unique access to dozens of architecturally and culturally significant spaces and places—many not open to the public, and all for free!