Archinect - News 2014-07-29T23:30:21-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105248978/what-urban-physics-could-tell-us-about-how-cities-work What ‘urban physics’ could tell us about how cities work Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T14:43:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/771104930d61d39d18360c36f9ade9e3.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What does a city look like? If you&rsquo;re walking down the street, perhaps it looks like people and storefronts. Viewed from higher up, patterns begin to emerge: A three-dimensional grid of buildings divided by alleys, streets, and sidewalks, nearly flat in some places and scraping the sky in others. Pull back far enough, and the city starts to look like something else entirely: a cluster of molecules. At least, that&rsquo;s what it looks like to Franz-Josef Ulm, an engineering professor [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104712143/relocation-or-adaptation-map-shows-potential-impact-of-flooding-on-metro-boston Relocation or Adaptation: Map Shows Potential Impact of Flooding on Metro Boston Nicholas Korody 2014-07-21T15:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:44:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bdjggyhu406xm2ny.jpg" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The map [...] based on a report by the Boston Harbor Association, shows the impact of 5-foot and 7.5-foot coastal floods in Metro Boston that could be caused by a number of things &mdash; a rising sea level, storm surges, astronomical high tides or other causes.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103260146/started-from-the-bottom-boston-experiments-with-parklets-as-place-making-strategy Started from the Bottom: Boston Experiments with Parklets as Place-making Strategy Nicholas Korody 2014-07-02T18:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T18:22:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7bpiq0w9fzcbikx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The city of Boston has been the stage for a long history of experiments with public space. Most notably, the Boston Common is the oldest public park in the country &ndash; and perhaps the first public urban park in the world. Originally a shared cow pasture until overgrazing led to a real-life example of &ldquo;the tragedy of the commons&rdquo;, the 50 acre plot of land later bore witness to the Revolutionary War, public executions, riots, protests, and concerts. Now, Boston will be the most recent in a slew of international cities to adopt parklets as a means of activating and extending sidewalks into revitalized public spaces.</p><p>An increasingly popular tactic in urbanism, parklets are small spaces that often replace two or three parking spots to make way for seating, greenery and other amenities. Though often permanent, they tend to be constructed in ways that allow for easy dismantling, either to accommodate winter snows or for emergency situations. Started in San Francisco as unsolicited interventio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98493806/the-space-of-poetry-exhibition-in-boston-examines-the-built-environment-of-poetry “The Space of Poetry” exhibition in Boston examines the built environment of poetry Justine Testado 2014-04-22T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:50:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/93jhnhsoczaq2d09.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Who knew that architecture could let you perceive poetry in a new angle or two. Currently at Boston Architectural College's 951 Boylston Street Building until May 1, "The Space of Poetry" exhibition reveals the intricate ties between the written art form and architectural history, theory, and design &mdash; all by Cara Armstrong, a trained architect and poet who works as an educator, writer, and illustrator.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As an exhibition extra, the gallery is inviting everyone to a free talk on April 30 at 5 p.m. We can be sure this won't be like your typical poetry analysis class.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wv/wvn23ncvai87gk2x.jpg"></p><p>"The exhibition delves into the space of poetry by bringing it together with architecture history, theory and design, encouraging viewers to look critically at poetic construction and promoting a more evocative understanding of architecture and writing...</p><p>Using the lens of architecture and art, [Armstrong] visually considers story, structure, music, and imagination as building blocks. Then, through architectural analysis techniques such as solid/void analysis and diagramming, she translates individual poems into a set of spatial relationships that becomes art in its own right. This allows the work of poets such as John Donne, Jean Valentine, and Jane Mead to converse across time and brings to light similarities in form, structure, and meaning."</p><p>Find more details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_space_of_poetry_exhibition_in_boston_examines_the_built_environmen1/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95401202/get-lectured-boston-architectural-college-spring-14 Get Lectured: Boston Architectural College, Spring '14 Justine Testado 2014-03-11T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-03-11T13:07:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/67j16451fyqg71hr.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/384806/2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Our next poster features the Collaborative Actions lecture series from the Boston Architectural College. The BAC has some notable guests lecturing next month.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming lectures only. Events will take place at 6:00 pm at Cascieri Hall:&nbsp;320 Newbury Street, 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02115.</p><p><strong>APRIL</strong></p><p><em>April 9</em><br><strong>Nicole Dosso</strong> / Director, Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill LLP<br>"Innovation of the World Trade Center"&nbsp;</p><p><em>April 16</em><br><strong>James Carpente</strong>r / Principal, James Carpenter Design Associates<br>"Light...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95342125/breaking-out-of-the-library-mold-in-boston-and-beyond Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond Alexander Walter 2014-03-10T14:17:00-04:00 >2014-03-11T09:49:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/0309648df9d460d234b313638fc85d53.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Boston Public Library, which was founded in 1848 and is the oldest public urban library in the country, is moving rapidly in that direction. With a major renovation underway, this Copley Square institution is breaking out of its granite shell to show an airier, more welcoming side to the passing multitudes. Interior plans include new retail space, a souped-up section for teenagers, and a high-stool bar where patrons can bring their laptops and look out over Boylston Street.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/94350054/at-boston-latin-school-urban-planning-101-from-the-pros At Boston Latin School, urban planning 101 from the pros Archinect 2014-02-25T15:38:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:00:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19e28bc0a6da9fb2bf8917a925d8b117.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wendy Holm, the Boston Latin teacher who has incorporated Urban Plan into her economics courses, said it combines basic concepts she has taught her students with something very close to a real-world context. &ldquo;One of the goals that the Urban Land Institute has is that kids come out of this experience and through it have this broader view, then, of this kind of experience and take it into their adult life,&rdquo; said Holm.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/92916995/boston-society-of-architects-presents-the-2013-design-award-winners Boston Society of Architects presents the 2013 Design Award Winners Justine Testado 2014-02-05T13:26:00-05:00 >2014-04-02T13:02:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7x/7xx24wimxzzx2ktj.jpg" width="514" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recognizing the best design throughout Massachusetts and the New England region, the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) revealed the winners of the 2013 BSA Design Awards. Winners received awards in several Programs like Accessible Design; Education Facilities Design; John M. Clancy Awards for Socially Responsible Housing; Sustainable Design; Unbuilt Architecture and Design; Honor Award for Design Excellence; and the Harleston Parker Medal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out a selection of the winning projects.<br><br><strong>Pictured above:</strong> Honor Awards for Design Excellence, Honor Award Education Facilities Design (K-12 Facilities Design) and Winner of the Harleston Parker Medal:<strong> Jonathan Levi Architects with Stantec Architecture for Roger E. Wellington Elementary School</strong></p><p>Honor Award Education Facilities Design (Higher Education Facilities Design): <strong>Leers Weinzapfel Associates for University of Connecticut Social Sciences and Classroom Buildings, Oak and Laurel Halls</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d8h1ouubdjb03r0w.jpg"></p><p>Honor Awards for Design Excellence:<strong> Flansburgh Architects for American International School of Johannesburg New Aquatics Center.</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xz/xz7wyet9td5xx472.jpg"><br><br>Honor Award John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing: <strong>Dattner Architects and Grimshaw Architects for Via Verde&mdash;The Green Way.</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0k/0kbzdfu0yd88geg7.jpg"><br><br>Honor Award Unbuilt Architecture and Design: <strong>over,under and Harry Gugger Studio with Seis Arquitectos for Museo Maya de America</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8g/8gcs6qix1mdqjkmx.jpg"><br><br>Find the full list of winners on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/boston_society_of_architects_presents_the_3rd_bsa_design_awards/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85000969/get-lectured-wentworth-it-fall-13 Get Lectured: Wentworth IT Fall '13 Justine Testado 2013-10-25T18:46:00-04:00 >2013-10-25T18:53:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y2/y2kztfqvhe8dn7je.jpg" width="514" height="693" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2013</strong></a><br><br> Here on Archinect we recently launched "Get Lectured", where we'll feature a school's lecture series--along with their snazzy posters--for the current season. (<strong>UPDATE:</strong> We've added international schools!) Check back regularly to stay up-to-date and mark your calendars for any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p> <p> Today's poster comes from <a href="http://www.wit.edu/arch/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wentworth IT College of Architecture, Design, and Construction Management</a> in Boston, MA. As part of WIT's college-wide Annex Lecture Series, the Fall 2013 theme is "Re-Use". As its name states, the theme discusses various contexts of adaptive re-use,&nbsp; re-purposing, and sustainable design practices.</p> <p> WIT's Annex Lecture Series focuses on the discourse of the built environment. Lectures discuss topics including interior architecture, industrial design, urbanism, art, film, philosophy, clothing design, and new media.</p> <p> <em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80165593/winners-of-timber-new-england-design-fabrication-competition Winners of TIMBER New England Design + Fabrication competition Justine Testado 2013-08-23T20:45:00-04:00 >2013-08-31T18:11:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/br/brq4ybtdhhryw77u.jpg" width="514" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners for the TIMBER New England Design + Fabrication competition were recently announced on TIMBER's website. Entrants had to propose a site specific installation inspired by traditional New England building and crafting, using engineered lumber or heavy timber. Each winning team will be paired with an architectural firm, a structural engineer, and a material supplier&mdash;and $7,500&mdash;to have their proposals realized at the URBAN TIMBER exhibit at BSA Space, opening in February 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here are the winning projects and teams:</p> <ul><li> Four Corners by Ultramoderne</li> <li> Coopered Column by Timothy Olson</li> <li> Duck-Work by Sean Gaffney and Christina Nguyen</li> <li> M2X3 by Gen Y Design Collaborative / Jeffery Lee, Christopher Taurasi and Lexi White</li> </ul><p> The mentoring firms who will help the winners develop their project installations are: NADAAA (Boston), Anmahian Winton Architects (Cambridge), Gray Organschi Architecture (New Haven), and Waugh Thistleton Architects (London).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74259261/toyo-ito-s-pritzker-prize-acceptance-speech Toyo Ito’s Pritzker Prize Acceptance Speech Alexander Walter 2013-05-30T21:18:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T01:09:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9jea28tltnrw5jn9.jpg" width="514" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this year in March, it was announced that Japanese architect Toyo Ito would join the ranks of the architecture Gods and be honored with the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Last night now at a festive ceremony in Boston's John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, he finally received his coveted medal and $100,000 grant from Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation which has sponsored the prize since its founding in 1979.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Following is Ito's full acceptance speech in English:</p> <p> "Good evening ladies and gentlemen! I am thrilled and honored to be awarded the Pritzker Prize in the presence of so many dear friends and distinguished architects from around the world.&nbsp; It is also a special pleasure to be here, in the John F. Kennedy Library, on the birthday of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President. I do believe this is the best day of my life so far!</p> <p> I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude first to the Pritzker Family: Mrs. Cindy Pritzker, Mr. Thomas J. Pritzker, and Mrs. Margaret Pritzker. I also thank the jury members, Lord Peter Palumbo, Mr. Alejandro Aravena, Mr. Juhani Pallasmaa, Mr. Glenn Murcutt, Mr. Stephen Breyer, Mr. Yung Ho Chang, and Ms. Martha Thorne.</p> <p> At the same time, being here in Boston, I cannot help but think of the bombing that happened here last month. Please allow me to offer my condolences to the victims and to all of those whose lives were affected by those horrific events.</p> ... http://archinect.com/news/article/62203613/paul-rudolph-s-brutalism-reworked-at-umass-dartmouth Paul Rudolph’s Brutalism, reworked, at UMass Dartmouth Archinect 2012-11-26T17:28:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T17:30:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/27/273d2e1ae2a6bebeff836b68c3bc2624.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed in the late 1960s by one of the most inventive architects in American history, Paul Rudolph, the campus is a powerful, muscular pile of raw concrete. It&rsquo;s an example of an architectural style that&rsquo;s known, for better or worse, as Brutalism. Now one of the major chunks of UMass Dartmouth is being transformed. That&rsquo;s the Claire T. Carney Library, which is being renovated and enlarged &mdash; redesigned, really, in many ways &mdash; by a talented Boston architecture firm that calls itself designLAB.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/58888800/boston-architectural-college-student-missing-search-continues Boston Architectural College student missing, search continues Archinect 2012-10-08T14:24:00-04:00 >2012-10-09T20:09:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q7/q7emlabg3p8xwrtl.jpg" width="300" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The volunteers from LostNMissing Inc., a nationwide non-profit organization based in Londonderry, N.H., are scheduled to begin circulating posters about Jonathan Dailey, a second-year student at Boston Architectural College, around Allston early Sunday afternoon.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Police say Dailey is 5 feet 9 inches, 160 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair, and a black stripe tattoo on his left bicep. Anyone who sees him should call District D-14 detectives at 617-343-4256.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/57267891/man-builds-boston-in-video-game-internet-finally-discovers-it-six-years-later Man Builds Boston In Video Game, Internet Finally Discovers It Six Years Later Archinect 2012-09-14T14:08:00-04:00 >2012-09-17T19:37:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3c/3ce2030c5644acb384100ba8f8b05a88.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Phil Boucher is a self-described &ldquo;architecture nerd.&rdquo; And while part of that means marveling and photographing the beautiful buildings around Boston, it also means recreating the entire city as accurately as possible in the video game Sim City 4.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/55352003/boston-architecture-firms-recovering-from-2008 Boston architecture firms recovering from 2008 Alexander Walter 2012-08-15T17:00:00-04:00 >2012-08-15T17:00:30-04:00 <em><p>Architecture firms in the Boston area are continuing their recovery from the sharp declines in 2008 and 2009, according to the 2012 Architectural Survey from accounting firm CBIZ Tofias. In 2011, these firms saw a slight improvement from the slowdown, which for most firms began in 2008. There were slight increases in the direct labor utilization rate (the percentage of time worked on billable projects) and the profit per direct hour compared to 2010.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53009798/the-prudential-center-an-architectural-eyesore-that-saved-downtown-boston The Prudential Center: An Architectural Eyesore That Saved Downtown Boston Archinect 2012-07-05T16:32:00-04:00 >2012-07-05T20:13:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/672868c46e6b2d760a88c3a2c1425d66.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The boxy Prudential Center, built in the 1960s, has never been a darling of architecture critics. But Yale University architectural historian Elihu Rubin says the massive redevelopment project represents a key historical moment when &mdash; at the height of white flight and automobile sprawl &mdash; a mega-corporation made an unlikely investment in the future of cities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/48117756/gustafson-guthrie-nichol-crosby-schlessinger-smallridge-receive-2012-tucker-design-award Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge Receive 2012 Tucker Design Award Alexander Walter 2012-05-11T18:24:00-04:00 >2012-05-14T17:32:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fn/fn8v1yc7e9okqdwf.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seattle landscape architecture firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), together with Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge (CSS) of Boston, are the recipients of the biennial Tucker Design Award for 2012. GGN and CSS have been recognized for North End Parks, the three-acre park that was part of the &ldquo;Big Dig&rdquo; development in Boston, MA.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/37622653/how-boston-city-hall-was-born How Boston City Hall was born Archinect 2012-02-10T19:16:00-05:00 >2012-02-20T04:36:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/5464377331796e523238ab7e60ca3504.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Whatever else you might think about it, Boston City Hall is an improbable building. Call it a giant concrete harmonica or a bold architectural achievement, but to walk by this strange, asymmetrical structure in Government Center is to wonder how on earth it landed there.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Fifty years after a groundbreaking competition, two architects look back at the project that polarized the city &mdash; and gave it a new lease on life</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/29171943/in-boston-architects-design-a-public-face-for-the-profession In Boston, architects design a public face for the profession Archinect 2011-11-29T11:54:00-05:00 >2012-10-23T14:59:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/57/57a324ec5d049e50d9b98ad4423a16e3.jpg" width="514" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Howeler + Yoon won the competition to design the center, named BSA Space, which will include gallery, office, multimedia and meeting spaces for members, potential members and the general public. The two story, 17,000 square foot center will give the BSA a very public presence in an area with lots of foot traffic among restaurants, stores, and public transportation in the Fort Point Channel district.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>