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Harvard ArtLab / Barkow Leibinger

17:00 - 17 June, 2019
Harvard ArtLab  / Barkow Leibinger, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Allston, Boston, Massachusetts 02134, United States
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Martina Bauer, Sebastian Awick, Johannes Beck, Jordan Berta, Sophia Hannekum
  • Architect of Record

    Sasaki
  • Area

    840.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Perkins+Will Design School of the Future for Belmont

13:00 - 24 May, 2019
Perkins+Will Design School of the Future for Belmont, Courtesy of Perkins+Will
Courtesy of Perkins+Will

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

09:00 - 22 April, 2019
How Three Major US Cities are Preparing for Climate Change, © SCAPE/City of Boston
© SCAPE/City of Boston

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

15:00 - 16 April, 2019
AERIAL FUTURES: The Third Dimension, AERIAL FUTURES: The Third Dimension
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

19:00 - 5 April, 2019
Infra-Space 1 / Landing Studio, Courtesy of Landing Studio
Courtesy of Landing Studio

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Marie Law Adams AIA, Daniel Adams
  • Landscape architect

    VHB
  • Area

    32375.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

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

09:00 - 14 February, 2019
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Revitalizes Boston's Commonwealth Pier through Adaptive Reuse, © Cityscape Digital for Pembroke
© Cityscape Digital for Pembroke

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

07:00 - 9 February, 2019
Boston Startup Spaceus Brings Pop-Up Energy to Vacant Storefronts, Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus
Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus

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

11:00 - 14 January, 2019
Boston City Hall Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Prepares for Major Renovation, Boston City Hall. Image Courtesy of Utile and Reed Hilderbrand
Boston City Hall. Image Courtesy of Utile and Reed Hilderbrand

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

16:00 - 19 November, 2018
Four51 Marlborough / Hacin + Associates, © Trent Bell Photography
© Trent Bell Photography

© Trent Bell Photography © Trent Bell Photography © Trent Bell Photography © Trent Bell Photography + 9

Outlier Lofts / French 2D

10:00 - 15 November, 2018
Outlier Lofts / French 2D, © John Horner
© John Horner

© John Horner © John Horner © John Horner © John Horner + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Boston, Massachusetts United States
  • Category

  • Virtual Staging

    Spotless Agency
  • Area

    1600.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

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

05:00 - 7 November, 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

13:00 - 29 October, 2018
KPMB Architects Designs Stacked Data Sciences Tower for Boston University, Data Sciences Center. Image Courtesy of KPMB Architects
Data Sciences Center. Image Courtesy of KPMB Architects

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

10:00 - 24 October, 2018
Boston Publishes Radical SCAPE Plans to Combat Climate Change, Downtown Boston Vision. Image © SCAPE / City of Boston
Downtown Boston Vision. Image © SCAPE / City of Boston

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

12:00 - 27 September, 2018
Adjaye, MASS Design Group and Shonibare Among 5 Finalists for Boston's MLK Memorial, Empty Pulpit Monument. Image Courtesy of Barbara Chase-Riboud
Empty Pulpit Monument. Image Courtesy of Barbara Chase-Riboud

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

11:00 - 19 September, 2018
ICA Watershed / Anmahian Winton Architects, © Florian Holzherr
© Florian Holzherr

© Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr © Florian Holzherr + 12

Boston's Tallest Residential Tower Tops Out, Designed by Pei Cobb Freed

14:00 - 23 August, 2018
© Four Seasons One Dalton
© Four Seasons One Dalton

The Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street, Boston’s tallest residential building, has reached its full height of 742 feet, forming a significant presence on the Boston skyline. Designed by Henry N. Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, in collaboration with Cambridge Seven Architects, the 61-story scheme features 160 residences, a five-star hotel, and an adjacent park.

Cobb’s design for One Dalton comes 40 years after he designed another noted Boston landmark, the John Hancock Tower.

© Conor Doherty © Four Seasons One Dalton © Kwesi Arthur of Cambridge Seven Associates © Four Seasons One Dalton + 10

Herzog & de Meuron and Beyer Blinder Belle Selected by Harvard GSD for Gund Hall "Transformative Expansion"

11:45 - 26 July, 2018
Herzog & de Meuron and Beyer Blinder Belle Selected by Harvard GSD for Gund Hall "Transformative Expansion", The Trays at Gund Hall. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD
The Trays at Gund Hall. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) has selected Herzog & de Meuron and Beyer Blinder Belle as the design team for a “significant transformation” of the School’s iconic Gund Hall campus building.

The proposed expansion will include the integration of a new space into the School’s existing structure, with the goal of creating a facility which “will embody the School’s visionary and cross-disciplinary work at the intersection of design, pedagogy, research, and practice."

Gund Hall. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD The Trays at Gund Hall. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD Gund Hall. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD Gund Hall. Image Courtesy of Harvard GSD + 8

MIT's Mass Timber Longhouse Shows a Technology-Driven Approach to Sustainable Design

08:00 - 19 July, 2018
MIT's Mass Timber Longhouse Shows a Technology-Driven Approach to Sustainable Design, Courtesy of MIT Mass Timber Design
Courtesy of MIT Mass Timber Design

MIT Mass Timber Design, a cross-disciplinary design workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have developed a building prototype that aims to tackle the world’s growing energy crisis, “one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.” Extensively using the wood-based building design and construction technology mass timber - a method growing in popularity within North America - the project utilizes the “efficiency, speed, precision and versatility” of prefabricated timber construction elements to realize a multi-functional, sustainable building. The longhouse typology, often one of the first permanent structures of a civilization, is a common across the world, but in adapting its construction to face modern-day issues, the team hopes to create a space that “builds upon this rich cultural icon.”

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