ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website

Exhibition: On the Tarmac

08:56 - 7 November, 2015
Exhibition: On the Tarmac, Image: Dennis Pieprz Assoc. AIA.
Image: Dennis Pieprz Assoc. AIA.

To most people, tarmac markings are hieroglyphics writ large: an obscure language that greets us as we glide down toward the earth. It is a code both intimately familiar and radically alien. On the Tarmac reconceives this code. Designer Dennis Pieprz Assoc. AIA and his photos, by freeing the tarmac from utility, allow new meanings to emerge, exploring poetry of line work and the ballet of human activity. This collection is about slowing pace and paying attention, but most important about seeking sublime moments in the everyday. The exhibition, presented by BSA Space in partnership with Sasaki Associates, features more

Opening Reception: White on White

07:23 - 7 November, 2015
Opening Reception: White on White, Wonalancet Union Chapel, Wonalancet NH, cropped. Photo: Steve Rosenthal, © 1985.
Wonalancet Union Chapel, Wonalancet NH, cropped. Photo: Steve Rosenthal, © 1985.

Don't miss the opening reception for White on White. This special event is the first opportunity to explore the exhibition while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

This exhibition, by photographer Steve Rosenthaland in partnership with Historic New England, showcases rural New England churches of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. From the early meetinghouses through the changing patterns of Greek and Gothic revivals, Rosenthal's black and white images capture what remains of the architectural gems around the region.

Opening Reception: On the Tarmac

22:00 - 2 November, 2015
Opening Reception: On the Tarmac, Dennis Pieprz Assoc. AIA, cropped.
Dennis Pieprz Assoc. AIA, cropped.

To most people, tarmac markings are hieroglyphics writ large: an obscure language that greets us as we glide down toward the earth. It is a code both intimately familiar and radically alien.

On the Tarmac reconceives this code. By freeing the tarmac from utility, designer Dennis Pieprz Assoc. AIA and his photos allow new meanings to emerge, exploring poetry of line work and the ballet of human activity. This collection is about slowing pace and paying attention, but most important about seeking sublime moments in the everyday.

Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge

07:00 - 16 October, 2015
Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge, Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.
Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.

Let your inner designer out and explore the playful side of architecture at this hands-on program for adults. Join other kids at heart and build amazing structures with BSA Space’s LEGO® collection, while enjoying beer, wine, snacks, and conversation. This month’s session is inspired by Canstruction’s 2015 theme: get inspired by Boston!

White on White: Churches of Rural New England

19:30 - 2 October, 2015
White on White: Churches of Rural New England, Image: Stannard-Greensboro Methodist Church, Stannard-Greensboro Bend Methodist Church, Stannard, Vermont, 1888. Photographed 1972, Steve Rosenthal, cropped.
Image: Stannard-Greensboro Methodist Church, Stannard-Greensboro Bend Methodist Church, Stannard, Vermont, 1888. Photographed 1972, Steve Rosenthal, cropped.

Presenting 40 images by Boston photographer and trained architect, Steve Rosenthal, this exhibition showcases rural New England churches of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. From the early meetinghouse through the changing patterns of Greek and Gothic revivals, Rosenthal’s black and white depictions will trace the evolution of church styles in New England and capture what remains of these architecture gems around the region. The exhibition is organized by Historic New England.

BSA Space Announces Canstruction 2015

18:00 - 30 September, 2015
BSA Space Announces Canstruction 2015, Image: Canstruction 2013. Photo: Ian Yelich.
Image: Canstruction 2013. Photo: Ian Yelich.

2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of Canstruction Boston. The 2015 theme is "Celebrate 20 years in Boston!" Canstruction Boston is a charity event and exhibition in which teams of Boston-area architects, engineers, contractors, designers and students compete to display colossal sculptures made out of canned goods. After the sculptures are dismantled, all the canned goods will be donated to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Preservation Takes the Spotlight in Fall Issue of ArchitectureBoston

16:00 - 20 September, 2015
Preservation Takes the Spotlight in Fall Issue of ArchitectureBoston, Courtesy of Boston Society of Architects
Courtesy of Boston Society of Architects

As the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act approaches, the fall issue of ArchitectureBoston hits hard with questions about one of the profession’s most heated topics today: preservation. With essays and articles from a dozen different perspectives, featuring a dozen different problems and solutions, the issue is a gateway for discourse for anyone interested in the role of the past, in the future of architecture. Read on for more information.

Event: Eyes on Boston: Back Bay Photo Walk

19:30 - 16 September, 2015
Event: Eyes on Boston: Back Bay Photo Walk, Image: Daniel Catt, Creative Commons License.
Image: Daniel Catt, Creative Commons License.

From Trinity Church to Boston’s “high spine” of skyscrapers, explore how architectural photographers see the cityscape in this dynamic session suitable for beginner and intermediate photographers alike. During this intimate exploration of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, you will learn to produce memorable images that convey a sense of place and a connection to landscape and surroundings. Professional photographer Emily O’Brien will help you and other enthusiastic photographers see Boston in a whole new way.

9 Projects Selected for AIA Education Facility Design Awards

08:00 - 12 August, 2015
William Rawn Associates / The Berklee Tower. Image © Robert Benson Photography
William Rawn Associates / The Berklee Tower. Image © Robert Benson Photography

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has announced the winners of its CAE Education Facility Design Awards, which honor educational facilities that “serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals, and educational program, while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.”

A variety of project designs, such as public elementary and high schools, charter schools, and higher education facilities, were submitted to the Committee, many of which incorporated “informal and flexible spaces for collaboration and social interaction adjacent to teaching spaces,” as well as staircases with amphitheater or forum designs.

Find out which projects received awards, after the break.

2015 Design Biennial Boston

16:00 - 1 August, 2015
2015 Design Biennial Boston, Image: GLD Grove. Photo by Mark Pasnik.
Image: GLD Grove. Photo by Mark Pasnik.

The 2015 Design Biennial Boston, now in its 4th edition, is a program that foregrounds emerging architects, landscape architects, and designers who have created inspiring and innovative practices in Massachusetts. Following an open call for entries, four firms—Cristina Parreño Architecture, GLD, Landing Studio, and MASS Design Group—were selected in March 2015 by a jury of distinguished professionals and academics. In the months since, the firms have been preparing installations that are on view on the Rose Kennedy Greenway through September 25.

Los Angeles May Represent US in 2024 Olympic Bid

16:18 - 28 July, 2015
Los Angeles May Represent US in 2024 Olympic Bid, AD Classics: Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP
AD Classics: Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry. Image © Gehry Partners, LLP

Concerns regarding the cost of hosting the Olympics has led to the termination of Boston's 2024 Olympic bid. According to the New York Times, the United States Olympic Committee has withdrawn Boston as its proposed bid city due to low resident support, as taxpayers were concerned about having to foot the bill for cost overruns.  

Event: Happy Hour Design Studio: Lego Challenge

02:30 - 13 July, 2015
Event: Happy Hour Design Studio: Lego Challenge, Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.
Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.

Eyes on Boston: Urban Photo Walk

19:30 - 9 July, 2015
Eyes on Boston: Urban Photo Walk, Image: Daniel Catt, Creative Commons License.
Image: Daniel Catt, Creative Commons License.

Explore how architectural photographers see the cityscape in this dynamic session suitable for beginner and intermediate photographers alike. During this intimate exploration of Boston’s Fort Point and Financial District neighborhoods, you will learn to produce memorable images that convey a sense of place, an expression of the architect’s ideas, and a connection to landscape and surroundings. Professional photographer Emily O’Brien will help you and other enthusiastic photographers see Boston in a whole new way. Take your photography to new heights!

How "Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston" Hopes to Reclaim America's Concrete Heritage

08:30 - 26 June, 2015
Paul Rudolph, Government Service Center (1962-71). Image © Mark Pasnik
Paul Rudolph, Government Service Center (1962-71). Image © Mark Pasnik

In 2007, when the late Mayor Thomas Menino announced his intentions to demolish Kallmann, McKinnell and Knowles' iconic Boston City Hall, he gave voice to a tragic but all-too-common popular discomfort with midcentury concrete architecture. Concerned that this threat was only the latest symptom of a pervasive misunderstanding of the significance of the concrete tradition, three architects - Mark Pasnik, Chris Grimley, and Michael Kubo - joined forces shortly thereafter to launch "The Heroic Project" and share their appreciation for this unfairly maligned chapter of architectural history. In addition to creating an internet web archive, Pasnik, Grimley, and Kubo jointly authored a forthcoming historical survey, Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston, scheduled to be released by The Monacelli Press in October 2015, which recasts the cultural and political story behind America's concrete heritage.

I.M. Pei & Partners and Araldo Cossutta, Associated Architects, Christian Science Center (1964-73). Image © Mark Pasnik Kallmann, McKinnell, & Knowles, Boston City Hall (1962-69). Image © Mark Pasnik Paul Rudolph, Government Service Center (1962-71). Image © Mark Pasnik Marcel Breuer & Associates, Madison Park High School (1966-77). Image © Mark Pasnik +12

Exhibition: Bigger Than a Breadbox, Smaller Than a Building

21:00 - 25 June, 2015
Exhibition: Bigger Than a Breadbox, Smaller Than a Building,  Detail, The Pulp Canopy by Katie Donahue, Mason Limke, and Yandy Cheng of MYKA. Photo: Mike Lawrie.
Detail, The Pulp Canopy by Katie Donahue, Mason Limke, and Yandy Cheng of MYKA. Photo: Mike Lawrie.

BSA Space explores the power of architectural installations by featuring works by architects and designers who use this medium to test new technologies and building techniques, while executing pieces that are both sculptural and visually arresting. Curated by Rob Trumbour AIA and Aaron Willette of the design/research practice Khôra LLC., the exhibition presents more than 10 physical examples of the medium by an array of Boston-based and international designers.

E+ / Interface Studio Architects

15:00 - 25 May, 2015
E+ / Interface Studio Architects, © Sam Oberter Photography
© Sam Oberter Photography

© Sam Oberter Photography Courtesy of Urbanica Courtesy of Urbanica © Sam Oberter Photography +18

Janet Echelman Suspends Massive Aerial Sculpture Over Boston's Greenway

18:30 - 4 May, 2015
Janet Echelman Suspends Massive Aerial Sculpture Over Boston's Greenway, © Peter Vanderwarker
© Peter Vanderwarker

Janet Echelman's latest aerial sculpture has been suspended 365 feet above Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway. On view through October 2015, the monumental installation spans 600 feet, occupying a void where an elevated highway once divided the city's downtown from its waterfront. 

"The sculpture’s form echoes the history of its location," describes Echelman. "The three voids recall the 'Tri-Mountain' which was razed in the 18th-century to create land from the harbor. The colored banding is a nod to the six traffic lanes that once overwhelmed the neighborhood, before the Big Dig buried them and enabled the space to be reclaimed for urban pedestrian life."

© Peter Vanderwarker © Melissa Henry © Melissa Henry © Melissa Henry +14

Apply Now: Safdie Architects Announces 2015 Research Fellowship

19:00 - 29 April, 2015
Apply Now: Safdie Architects Announces 2015 Research Fellowship, Artscience Museum and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore / Safdie Architects. Image © MBS Digital Media
Artscience Museum and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore / Safdie Architects. Image © MBS Digital Media

Safdie Architects’ 2015 Research Fellowship will center on the theme of “dense urbanism,” and the ways in which the field of architecture can rethink its approach to vital issues such as materiality, construction, environmental conditions, and the demographic realities of rapidly growing populations. This year, Moshe Safdie and his team invite exceptional individuals to attack the challenges of the contemporary urban landscape head-on by proposing new tools and solutions to create a better functioning and humane city. Accepted candidates will spend one year in residence at Safdie Architects’ Boston office, during which they will receive support from the practice and have access to the firm’s resources and consultants.