Archinect - News 2015-10-08T16:09:10-04:00 Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-11T18:16:00-04:00 >2015-09-15T09:42:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>architects at Tsoi/Kobus &amp; Associates in Cambridge have started using the processing system that powers virtual reality games to put clients inside development projects before they are built. Using a cloud-based system called Revizto, architects can create a digital hospital down to the last brick, and then invite a client to &ldquo;walk&rdquo; through the space to see if the ceilings are high enough or the windows provide enough light.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Firms like Tsoi/Kobus are beginning to experiment with multiple immersive, interactive media for clients to tour buildings, often in advance of making any physical models. Clients can be virtually transported into the design's space by wearing an Oculus VR headset, or by being inside a specially outfitted room with laser projections, while the architect walks them through. The commentary is recorded and then filed back into the iterative design process.</p><p>More from VR's influence on architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="How video game engines may influence the future of architecture (and everything else)" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How video game engines may influence the future of architecture (and everything else)</a></li><li><a title="Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift</a></li><li><a title='Spacemaker VR lets designers "walk through" their own 3D creations' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spacemaker VR lets designers "walk through" their own 3D creations</a></li><li><a title="Man Builds Boston In Video Game, Internet Finally Discovers It Six Years Later" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Man Builds Boston In Video Game, Internet Finally Discovers It Six Years Later</a></li></ul> Boston's John Hancock Tower is now '200 Clarendon' Alexander Walter 2015-07-31T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T11:49:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You can still call it the John Hancock Tower, but the company that paid $930 million for New England&rsquo;s tallest building can&rsquo;t. Now that John Hancock&rsquo;s last lease in the office building has expired, owner Boston Properties Inc. can no longer use the financial services company&rsquo;s name on the property.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston&rsquo;s tallest new skyscraper in 40 years breaking ground today</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston&rsquo;s John Hancock Tower Receives the 2011 AIA Twenty-Five Year Award</a> (on Bustler)</li></ul> Boston backs out of 2024 Olympics bid Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-28T12:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:05:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee said Monday that it was withdrawing Boston as its proposed bid city because resistance among residents was too great to overcome in the short time that remained before the committee had to formally propose a bid city by Sept. 15. [...] U.S.O.C. intended to move quickly to prepare a bid from another city. While he did not mention Los Angeles by name, many people involved in the Olympics expect Los Angeles to enter the competition.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from the 2020 and 2024 Olympics:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Manfredi, the architect behind Boston&rsquo;s 2024 Olympic bid</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston wins U.S. Olympic Committee's bid for 2024 Games</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out</a></li><li><p><a title="Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></p></li></ul> Art college professor suggests makeover for brutalist Boston City Hall Alexander Walter 2015-07-27T13:26:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T18:30:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="245" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some architects consider the design a stunning example of the modern Brutalist style, but for many Bostonians it&rsquo;s the building they have long loved to hate. [...] why can&rsquo;t we make changes that are easily reversible, while simultaneously acting to protect and preserve the structure? Here&rsquo;s one simple, obvious and cost-effective solution: Sheath the building with a tinted glass curtain wall &mdash; but not to create another modernist glass box.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Boston City Hall was born</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gerhard Kallmann, Brutalist Architect, Dies at 97</a></li></ul> Boston Architectural College announces Glen S. LeRoy as new president Alexander Walter 2015-06-29T18:19:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T23:58:24-04:00 <img src="" width="360" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The dean of a Michigan architectural school has been tapped to head the financially struggling Boston Architectural College, after a year-long search that started with the dismissal of longtime BAC president Theodore Landsmark. Glen S. LeRoy, 64, who oversees Lawrence Technological University&rsquo;s College of Architecture and Design in Southfield, Mich., will become president of Boston Architectural College Sept. 1.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Marc Pelletier, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston Architectural College</a> board of trustees president, published this written statement on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">school's website</a> today:</p><p><em>Dear BAC Community,</em></p><p><em>We are tremendously pleased to share with you the news that after a national search, Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP, has been selected to lead the Boston Architectural College as our next president. Mr. LeRoy currently serves as the dean and a professor at the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University in Detroit. Mr. LeRoy stood out from a field of talented individuals for his commitment to practice-based learning, his great success at leading an urban design college during challenging times, and his creativity and ability to attract investment. He is also a well-known architect who has practical knowledge about the profession and the market our students will enter.</em></p><p><em>We have the utmost confidence that he is the right person to lead the BAC and to build on the solid foundation that exists while preserving o...</em></p> David Manfredi, the architect behind Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid Alexander Walter 2015-06-15T19:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:04:41-04:00 <img src="" width="241" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two years later, Manfredi&rsquo;s focus on Olympics facilities is much more than professional curiosity. He is an essential member &mdash; and a public face &mdash; of a planning team racing against a June 30 deadline to deliver a new venue plan for Boston&rsquo;s bid for the 2024 Summer Games. [...] &ldquo;It has benefitted enormously from time,&rdquo; said Manfredi, a principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects, referring to the pending 2.0 plan, in development for months.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boston wins U.S. Olympic Committee's bid for 2024 Games</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out</a></li></ul> Bigger than a Breadbox winner "The Pulp Canopy" will be showcased at Boston Society of Architects in June Justine Testado 2015-05-14T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:46:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Kh&ocirc;ra exhibition curators Robert Trumbour and Aaron Willette organized the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building competition</a> as a means to explore the medium of installation in the architectural realm, specifically the medium's increasing appeal among emerging architects and designers due to its dual spatial-artistic qualities.</p><p>For the competition, entrants had to further develop a previous proposal into a new site-specific installation for the Boston Society of Architects gallery lobby. Now that the winning submissions have been chosen, they will be realized in preparation for the "Bigger than a Breadbox" exhibition, opening on June 17.</p><p>The top-winning proposal, "The Pulp Canopy", by Katie Donahue and Mason Limke of MYKA investigates the architectural applications of cellulose fiber (paper pulp), which is considered to be the "most abundant raw material on the planet". Originating from its earlier form as The Pulp Wall, The Pulp Canopy consists of discarded paper products t...</p> Rachel Slade dares to ask: "Why is Boston so ugly?" Alexander Walter 2015-04-30T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:20:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The forest of elevator cores sprouting up around town tells us that we&rsquo;re living in a once-a-century moment&mdash;a sugar rush of development unseen here since our parents&rsquo; parents&rsquo; time. But the dirty little secret behind Boston&rsquo;s building boom is that it&rsquo;s profoundly banal&mdash;designed without any imagination, straight out of the box, built to please banks rather than people.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Economic boom isn't always congruent with good architecture in other cities either:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> Rafael Viñoly's Edward M. Kennedy Institute set to open its doors in Boston Alexander Walter 2015-02-09T15:09:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:12:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it opens next month in Boston, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate will be aiming to restore respect for Congress at a time when rancor and partisanship have seriously damaged its reputation. [...] The 68,000-square-foot institute, designed by the architect Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, is on the Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts and has a 99-year lease on the site.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Get Lectured: Boston Architectural College, Spring '15 Justine Testado 2015-01-26T12:48:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T19:02:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter-Spring 2015</strong></a></p><p>Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Get Lectured</em></a> is back in session! <em>Get Lectured</em> is an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. Check back frequently to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>The next featured poster comes from the Boston Architectural College with their Spring '15 Student Lecture Series, "Imagine This".</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>Unless noted, lectures take place at 6 p.m. in Cascieri Hall at 320 Newbury. Free and open to the public.</p><p><em>Feb 11</em><br><strong>Jimenez Lai </strong>/ Founder, Bureau Spectacular<br>"Rainbows, Clouds &amp; You"</p><p><em>March 11</em><br><strong>Alexandra Lange</strong> / Architecture and Design Critic, Author<br>"Apples &amp; Oranges: The Strange Bedfellows of Architectural Criticism"</p><p><em>March 12</em><br><strong>Anapuma Kundoo</strong> / Architect and Educator<br>"Building Knowledge"&nbsp;</p><p><em>April 8</em><br><strong>Diana Ramirez-Jasso</strong> / Associate Provo...</p> Boston’s tallest new skyscraper in 40 years breaking ground today Alexander Walter 2015-01-15T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:47:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Wednesday, developer Richard L. Friedman will formally kick off construction of the tallest skyscraper to be built in Boston in 40 years &mdash; a 700-foot tower at 1 Dalton St. that will include the city&rsquo;s second Four Seasons Hotel and some of its most expensive condominiums. [...] The skyscraper at One Dalton is being designed by Hancock Tower architect Harry N. Cobb, of Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners, in collaboration with Gary Johnson of Cambridge Seven Associates Inc.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Boston wins U.S. Olympic Committee's bid for 2024 Games Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-09T13:12:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:18:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Boston is a global hub for education, health care, research and technology,&rdquo; said Boston2024 chairman and Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish in a statement. &ldquo;We are passionate about sports because we believe in the power of sport to transform our city and inspire the world&rsquo;s youth. A Boston Games can be one of the most innovative, sustainable and exciting in history and will inspire the next generation of leaders here and around the world.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous news on the 2024 Olympics:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. in the race for 2024 Olympics, no host city picked yet</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out</a></p><p>Not all Bostonians are happy with the decision. According to the same article:</p><p>"Boston&rsquo;s bid has generated debate in the city and the region. An opposition nonprofit, No Boston Olympics, is against the proposal. Its reasons: doubts that the Games can be held without using taxpayer money (Boston2024 says it can pull operational expenses off with private funding of $4.5 billion, and publicly-funded infrastructure improvements of $5 billion or so); the Olympics&rsquo; history of going overbudget; and the supposed &ldquo;opportunity costs&rdquo;&mdash;the idea that the city and state would be better served by focusing on other priorities than the Olympics."</p> Which U.S. city will win the 2024 Olympic bid? Boston, LA, DC and SF duke it out Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-07T13:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-07T13:47:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee seems ready to bid for the 2024 Summer Games. But the hard part is deciding which of the four finalists &mdash; Boston, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco &mdash; has the best chance of being chosen by the International Olympic Committee. The U.S.O.C. could make its selection as soon as this week, so we asked New York Times reporters in each city to describe the view from each place.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some tastier nuggets from each city's reporter:</p><p><strong><em>Boston:</em></strong>&nbsp;</p><p>"Boston&rsquo;s modest $4.5 billion proposal envisions a new Olympic model: a walkable, bikeable, sustainable Games that uses mostly pre-existing structures. This compact city of 646,000 plans a downsized, compressed, antisprawl Olympics. No venue would be more than a 10-minute walk from a subway stop or a commuter rail line."</p><p><strong><em>Los Angeles:</em></strong></p><p>"Imagine the opening ceremony Los Angeles could put together: Meryl Streep riding sidesaddle on a dolphin. Magic Johnson and Mama Kardashian carrying the torch. Fireworks sponsored by &ldquo;Star Wars: Episode Ad Nauseam: Does It Really Matter What We Subtitle These Anymore, Part 1.&rdquo;"</p><p><strong><em>San Francisco:</em></strong></p><p>"Picture a hilly marathon tracing up the crooked block of Lombard Street. Or mountain biking in Marin County, the birthplace of the sport. Or the triathlon off Alcatraz, beach volleyball at City Hall, rowing in McCovey Cove. And if the Olympics still insist on golf, there is the Olympic Club or Pebble Beach."</p><p><strong><em>Washi...</em></strong></p> U.S. in the race for 2024 Olympics, no host city picked yet Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T13:52:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T18:26:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United States Olympic Committee board of directors unanimously approved a U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the USOC announced today. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., remain under consideration, with the selection of a U.S. bid city to be made in early 2015.&nbsp;[...] &ldquo;All four cities have presented plans that are part of the long-term visions for their communities,&rdquo; said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Boston Mayor Marty Walsh goes up against boring architecture Alexander Walter 2014-12-11T13:53:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T21:26:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="215" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Boston needs bolder buildings, and it needs civic leaders who aren&rsquo;t afraid to permit them. In what could mark a major turn for Boston&rsquo;s architectural history, Mayor Marty Walsh signaled Wednesday that not everything needs to built in red brick. Unlike predecessor Tom Menino, he personally won&rsquo;t be deciding what the tops of new buildings should look like. And, most striking of all, non-boring ideas are now welcome in the city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Turning Boston into Venice Nam Henderson 2014-10-27T19:35:00-04:00 >2014-10-27T21:20:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"So we wanted to turn that conversation on its head and say, well what if we let water in? How can we make life better in Boston by bringing water in?" - Dennis Carlberg</p></em><br /><br /><p>Joanna Jolly talked to Boston city planners and architects, who are a proposing solutions to combat sea-level rise. One big idea, is canals which would criss-cross the streets of the Back Bay. Less radical ideas include; constructed wetlands and elevating critical equipment for new development.</p> Get Lectured: Boston Architectural College, Fall '14 Justine Testado 2014-09-26T13:30:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T23:26:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="691" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014</strong></a></p><p>Say hello to another edition of Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em>! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current term. 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 comes from the Boston Architectural College with their Fall 2014 Student Lecture Series, "Imagine This".</p><p><em>Beyond Architects, Beyond Architecture</em> investigates the ways architectural thinking operates outside the immediate field of designing and making buildings. The series also highlights ways non-architects approach their design processes.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to </em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em>.</em></p><p>All lectures are on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Cascieri Hall on campus. Free and open to the public.</p><p><em>Oct. 8</em><br>"Discipline + Double Agency"<br><strong>Kyle Sturgeon</strong> / Director of Advanced Architecture Studios...</p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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> “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="" 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=""></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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> 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="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Boston Society of Architects presents the 2013 Design Award Winners Justine Testado 2014-02-05T13:26:00-05:00 >2014-12-23T17:58:14-05:00 <img src="" 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=""></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=""><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=""><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=""><br><br>Find the full list of winners on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Get Lectured: Wentworth IT Fall '13 Justine Testado 2013-10-25T18:46:00-04:00 >2013-10-25T18:53:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="693" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" 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="" 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> 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="" 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> 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="" 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> ... 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Boston Architectural College student missing, search continues Archinect 2012-10-08T14:24:00-04:00 >2012-10-09T20:09:01-04:00 <img src="" 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>