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Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and the College of Fine Arts Production Center / Elkus Manfredi Architects

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  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Elkus Manfredi Architects
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  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Linde Center Opens at Tanglewood

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The new Linde Center for Music by William Rawn Associates has opened at the Tanglewood music venue in western Massachusetts. As the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood welcomes its first new performance facility in 25 years. The Linde Center was designed to provide additional concert and rehearsal space and create a truly multi-season facility.

Harvard ArtLab / Barkow Leibinger

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  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Barkow Leibinger
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    2018

Perkins+Will Design School of the Future for Belmont

Architecture firm Perkins+Will have broken ground on a new middle and high school sited in the Belmont suburb of Boston. The 445,100 SF project is conceived as a flexible and agile environment for learning that's made to prepare students for jobs in future industries. Emphasizing hands-on learning, the project co-locates students on one campus while encouraging multi-age learning.

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How Three Major US Cities are Preparing for Climate Change

As the world recognizes Earth Day 2019, the public discourse is increasingly dominated by citizen action across the world manifesting a widespread fear and frustration at a perceived lack of action by governments and officials to confront the issue forthrightly. From the Extinction Rebellion protests that have gripped London, to school student strikes across 125 countries, global cities are increasingly finding themselves on the front line of a battle to limit the effects of global warming.

AERIAL FUTURES: The Third Dimension

A public event at Harvard GSD examines the lower sky as a site of mobility

Increasing congestion and advances in autonomous technology are set to transform how we move around our cities. Many are now looking to the sky — the third dimension — as an expansive space for new kinds of mobility. Autonomous flying vehicles, such as cargo drones and flying taxis, have the capacity to disrupt how we move goods and passengers around urban space. Responding to these real-world changes, AERIAL FUTURES: The Third Dimension examines Urban Air Mobility (UAM), asking how scalable and on-demand UAM models could reduce road traffic, pollution, accidents and the strain on existing public transport networks. Within these opportunities are also challenges to overcome: noise, community acceptance, safety, cyber security and seamless integration with existing aircraft operations.

Infra-Space 1 / Landing Studio

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  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Landing Studio
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    2017

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Revitalizes Boston's Commonwealth Pier through Adaptive Reuse

Schmidt Hammer Lassen has announced details of their second U.S. project: the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts. An adaptive reuse project that will bring new life to Boston’s Commonwealth Pier, the 68,500-square-meter mixed-use project seeks to reactivate a historic maritime hub to create a new waterfront destination.

The largest pier building in the world when completed in 1901, the Commonwealth Pier will be reactivated with the introduction of new materials, increased daylight, and new points of connectivity. The exercise in adaptive reuse will contain flexible office space, dynamic event space, new retail, dining, and public amenities.

Boston Startup Spaceus Brings Pop-Up Energy to Vacant Storefronts

As retail moves evermore online, vacant storefronts have become ubiquitous sights in American cities and towns. Often located in formerly prime downtown real estate, the darkened windows have a knock-on effect, sapping urban vibrancy and sometimes falling into disrepair. Discourse surrounding the predicament of dead malls and traditional retail space is ongoing, but a one-size fits-all solution clearly isn't the answer here.

Calligraphy workshop at 11 First Street. Photo by Mustafa Hameed.. Image © Spaceus Storefront performance. Photo by Ellen Shakespear.. Image © Spaceus Harvard Square storefront workspace. Photo by Stephanie Lee.. Image © Spaceus Zine-making marathon at Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus + 10

Boston City Hall Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Prepares for Major Renovation

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Boston City Hall in 1969, the brutalist icon is set to receive a major renovation by Utile Architecture + Planning and Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects. The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture has already begun a series of small changes and updates to the building with the hope of bringing new life to the commanding structure.

Boston City Hall. Image Courtesy of Utile and Reed Hilderbrand Boston City Hall. Image Courtesy of Utile and Reed Hilderbrand Boston City Hall. Image © Felix Mizioznikov, Shutterstock Boston City Hall. Image Courtesy of Utile and Reed Hilderbrand + 7

Four51 Marlborough / Hacin + Associates

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  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Hacin + Associates
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    2016

Outlier Lofts / French 2D

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Renovation  · 
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project French 2D
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    2018

Frida Escobedo, Designer of the Serpentine Pavilion, Among 2019 RIBA International Fellows

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) unveiled the seven laureates of the 2019 International Fellowships, a "lifetime honor allows recipients to use the initials Int FRIBA after their name," recognizes the contributions that architects across the world outside of the UK have made in the field of architecture. Previously awarded to architects such as Jeanne Gang and Phillip Cox, the annual Fellowship emphasizes not only the impact of architects' work in their respective homelands but also their global influence.

A juror's committee, consisting of Ben Derbyshire, RIBA President; Lady Patty Hopkins, a 1994 RIBA Gold Medalist; Bob Shiel, a professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture; Wasfi Kani, a 2018 Honorary Fellow; and Pat Woodward RIBA, of Matthew Lloyd Architects, awarded the 2019 Fellows. The fellowships will be presented in London in February 2019.

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KPMB Architects Designs Stacked Data Sciences Tower for Boston University

KPMB Architects have released a design to construct a 17-floor tower for Boston University's new Data Sciences Center. Located on the university’s main Charles River campus, the project will become the tallest building at the university. The vertical design was made to bring together the mathematics, computer science and statistics departments under one roof. Overlooking the Boston skyline and the Charles River, the stacked design will become a new landmark for Boston University.

Data Sciences Center. Image Courtesy of KPMB Architects Data Sciences Center. Image Courtesy of KPMB Architects Data Sciences Center. Image Courtesy of KPMB Architects Data Sciences Center. Image Courtesy of KPMB Architects + 9

Boston Publishes Radical SCAPE Plans to Combat Climate Change

The Mayor of Boston and SCAPE Landscape Architecture have collaborated on a vision to protect the city’s 47 miles of shoreline against climate change. The scheme lays out strategies which will “increase access and open space along the waterfront while better protecting the city during a major flooding event.”

The vision forms part of the Imagine Boston 2030 initiative while using the city’s Climate Ready Boston 2070 flood maps, targeting infrastructure along Boston’s most vulnerable flood pathways.

South Boston vision. Image © SCAPE / City of Boston Boston Harbor Vision. Image © SCAPE / City of Boston Dorchester Vision. Image © SCAPE / City of Boston East Boston Vision. Image © SCAPE / City of Boston + 5

Adjaye, MASS Design Group and Shonibare Among 5 Finalists for Boston's MLK Memorial

Nonprofit MLK Boston has released the final five designs for a monument to civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The finalists include a range of offices like Adjaye Associates, Maryann Thompson Architects and MASS Design Group, as well as artists like Yinka Shonibare, Barbara Chase-Riboud and Walter Hood. As reported by Curbed Boston, the city is working with MLK Boston to make the monument part of a larger initiative that includes an educational center in Roxbury and $1 million endowment for programming related to the Kings.

The Embrace. Image Courtesy of MASS Design Group and Hank Willis Thomas Avenue of Peace. Image Courtesy of Yinka Shonibare Boston’s King Memorial. Image Courtesy of Adam Pendleton, Adjaye Associates, Future\Pace, and David Reinfurt Empty Pulpit Monument. Image Courtesy of Barbara Chase-Riboud + 14

ICA Watershed / Anmahian Winton Architects

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