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WOJR Explores Symmetry in Woodland Pyramid House

06:00 - 17 March, 2019
WOJR Explores Symmetry in Woodland Pyramid House, House of the Woodland. Image Courtesy of D-Render
House of the Woodland. Image Courtesy of D-Render

Cambridge-based design practice WOJR has designed a woodland pyramid house grounded in framing and symmetry. Designed around rituals of respite, the project utilizes a nine-square grid structuring four plywood trusses resting atop eight cinder block walls. Sited in the Berkshires, the design makes its grid organization visible through the roof's large-scale coffers. The project explores a series of dichotomies through materials, space and form.

House of the Woodland. Image Courtesy of D-Render House of the Woodland. Image Courtesy of D-Render House of the Woodland. Image Courtesy of D-Render House of the Woodland. Image Courtesy of D-Render + 20

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 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

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

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

Massachusetts' LEED Platinum Award Winning Arena Named US' Most Environmentally Sustainable

16:00 - 13 May, 2018
Massachusetts' LEED Platinum Award Winning Arena Named US' Most Environmentally Sustainable, Courtesy of InkHouse
Courtesy of InkHouse

Massachusetts’ Bentley University Arena together with Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC) have earned the LEED Platinum certification and was named the most environmentally sustainable arena in the United States. The 76,000 square foot arena emphasizes the university’s commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency, and goal to reach carbon neutrality by the year 2030. Bentley Unversity also offers a major in Sustainability Science and a program that will reduce more than 270 tons of material waste per year. This arena hosts several university events such as concerts, alumni events, career fairs, and is home to its NCAA Division I hockey team.

Courtesy of InkHouse Courtesy of InkHouse Courtesy of InkHouse Courtesy of InkHouse + 5

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

Ennead Architects Breaks Ground on Expansion of the United States' Oldest Museum

16:00 - 22 December, 2016
Ennead Architects Breaks Ground on Expansion of the United States' Oldest Museum, Street Plaza View. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Street Plaza View. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has broken ground on the construction of an addition to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts, the country’s oldest continuously operating museum (since 1799).

The expansion project includes a new 40,000 square foot wing and 17,500 square feet of renovation to adjacent structures. Upon completion, total gallery space will be increased by 15% for a total of 100,000 square feet, making the Peabody Essex into one of the top 20 art museums in the country.

South Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Entrance. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects East Atrium. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Bridge. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects + 6

Massachusetts College of Art and Design Architecture Program Supports Social Good

13:00 - 14 October, 2016
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Architecture Program Supports Social Good, Image: Marian Petison
Image: Marian Petison

These days architecture is both a weapon and a victim of intolerance. Historic buildings are destroyed for what they symbolize, and there are calls for the building of walls and the construction of refugee cities. These actions are symptoms of the global preoccupation with the fear of others and the attempt to keep people “out.” The Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) community rejects these injustices and has built the architecture department on the principle that the purpose of architecture is to support the social good.

Steven Holl to Design a Program and Masterplan Study for Williams College

14:00 - 7 April, 2016
Steven Holl to Design a Program and Masterplan Study for Williams College, Courtesy of SHA
Courtesy of SHA

Steven Holl Architects (SHA) has been commissioned by Williams College to complete a program and masterplan study for the Williams College Department of Art and Museum of Art (WCMA). "The Master Plan aims to evaluate programming and space needs toward the determination of a program to catalyze the engagement of students, faculty and visitors with the visual arts," says SHA.

After talking with nearly 30 distinct groups of students, faculty and museum staff, SHA defined five main goals in which the study is based on:

Gluckman Tang to Design Two New Art Museums in Massachusetts

12:00 - 28 December, 2015
Gluckman Tang to Design Two New Art Museums in Massachusetts, Extreme Model Railroad Museum. Image © Gluckman Tang Architects
Extreme Model Railroad Museum. Image © Gluckman Tang Architects

Gluckman Tang Architects has been selected to design two new museums in North Adams, Massachusetts: the 160,000-square-foot Global Contemporary Art Museum (GCAM) and 32,400-square-feet Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum.

Built as a 700-foot-long addition to two historic freight depots in Western Gateway Heritage State Park, the Extreme Model Railroad museum will house one of the world’s largest collections of working O-scale model trains, moving through a trainscape designed by world-class architects, including Frank Gehry, Gluckman Tang, and Zaha Hadid.

Maya Lin and Shepley Bulfinch to Redesign Smith College's Neilson Library

06:00 - 10 April, 2015
Maya Lin and Shepley Bulfinch to Redesign Smith College's Neilson Library, Neilson Library. Image © Flickr CC user chipmunk_1
Neilson Library. Image © Flickr CC user chipmunk_1

Maya Lin, best known for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, together with Shepley Bulfinch has been chosen to redesign Smith College's Neilson Library. Selected after an international search conducted by the school, Lin's interdisciplinary approach coupled with Shepley Bulfinch's extensive work with academic institutions ultimately brought them to the forefront. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and last two years.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Commissioned for New Performing Arts Center in Massachusetts

00:00 - 18 January, 2015
Diller Scofidio + Renfro Commissioned for New Performing Arts Center in Massachusetts,  © Peter Ash Lee / Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro
© Peter Ash Lee / Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has been chosen as the winner of a design competition for a new performing arts center at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. The competition received submissions from eight world-renowned firms, which were then judged by a selection committee. The $60 million building will tentatively begin construction in 2017, as part of the College's plan to "Become More: The Campaign of Holy Cross." DS+R ultimately won the competition due to its diverse design and interdisciplinary nature, just as the College hopes to instill in its students through this addition.

Archiculture Interviews: Michael Dukakis

00:00 - 25 December, 2014

Following the highly anticipated world premiere of Archiculture (watch here!), Arbuckle Industries is now releasing over 30 never-before-seen full length interviews with some of the industry’s leading influencers, all discussing the profession and how we are or should be training the next generation of designers. The first of the series featured Columbia’s Kenneth Frampton on whether or not architecture should be considered a luxury. Now, this most recent installation delves into just how policy makers can affect the built environment, interviewing politician and former Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis.

Get Swinging in Boston on these Glowing LED Hoops

00:00 - 21 September, 2014
© Höweler + Yoon Architecture
© Höweler + Yoon Architecture

In Boston, playgrounds are no longer just for kids. Twenty LED-lit circular swings have been installed outdoors as a part of "Swing Time," Boston's first interactive sculpture installation. The hanging, glowing orbs are a twist on traditional rubber-and-rope swings, dangling from a minimal steel structure similar to those used in conventional playgrounds. LED lights embedded in the swings activate and change color as each swing moves, returning to a dim white light when static. The piece is designed to blend Boston's design community with its expanding technology sector while playfully engaging residents.

Take a seat in "Swing Time" with more photos and info after the break.

© Höweler + Yoon Architecture © Höweler + Yoon Architecture © Höweler + Yoon Architecture © Höweler + Yoon Architecture + 17

Salem Harbor Station / COOKFOX

01:00 - 23 December, 2013
Salem Harbor Station / COOKFOX, © COOKFOX
© COOKFOX

The Salem Harbor Station, built between 1948 and 1951, is a coal fired power station which occupies a 65-acre site in Salem, Massachusetts. One of the region’s dirtiest coal- and oil-burning power generators, the 748 megawatt station sits within the historical maritime hub of Salem’s waterfront. The facility is topped by three towering smokestacks that pierce the skyline, and can be seen from many parts of Salem as well as the neighboring communities of Beverly and Marblehead.

Learn more about the station's transformation after the break...

'Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture' Exhibition

00:00 - 25 June, 2013
'Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture' Exhibition, © Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
© Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Curated by Charles Waldheim, Ruettgers Consulting Curator of Landscape, the 'Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture' exhibition opens this Thursday, June 27th, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Examining the montage view, one of landscape architecture's most recognizable representational forms, the exhibit gathers work from a select group of influential contemporary artists and a dozen of the world's leading landscape architects. These composite views reveal practices of photomontage depicting the conceptual, experiential, and temporal dimensions of landscape. The exhibit runs until September 2nd. For more information, please visit here.