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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

Four Practices Re-Envision Parking in Long Island Downtowns

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
Parks and Rides. Image © Roger Sherman Architecture + Urban Design and the Long Island Index
Parks and Rides. Image © Roger Sherman Architecture + Urban Design and the Long Island Index

Long Island’s downtowns have more than 4,000 acres of surface area dedicated to parking lots. That’s roughly 6.5 square miles of prime real estate, a phenomenon quite common in most American cities. When necessary, these lots are often exchanged for a standard “set of concrete shelves” that share little to no connection with their surroundings. This leads to the question, why must parking garages be so monofunctional and, well, ugly?

To help solve this nationwide issue, the Long Island Index challenged four leading architectural firms to envision a more innovative way to free up surface lot space in four Long Island communities.

See what they came up with, after the break...