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. — nytimes.com
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.
“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,” said Holm. — bostonglobe.com
Recognizing the best design throughout Massachusetts and the New England region, the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) revealed the winners for the 3rd annual 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. — bustler.net
Check out a selection of the winning projects.Pictured above: Honor Awards for Design Excellence, Honor Award Education Facilities Design (K-12 Facilities Design) and Winner of the Harleston Parker Medal: Jonathan Levi Architects with Stantec Architecture for Roger E. Wellington Elementary...
Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2013 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. (UPDATE: We've added international schools!) Check back regularly to stay...
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—and $7,500—to have their proposals realized at the URBAN TIMBER exhibit at BSA Space, opening in February 2014. — bustler.net
Here are the winning projects and teams: Four Corners by Ultramoderne Coopered Column by Timothy Olson Duck-Work by Sean Gaffney and Christina Nguyen M2X3 by Gen Y Design Collaborative / Jeffery Lee, Christopher Taurasi and Lexi White The mentoring firms who will help the winners develop their...
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. — bustler.net
Following is Ito's full acceptance speech in English: "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. It is also a special pleasure to be here, in the...
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’s an example of an architectural style that’s known, for better or worse, as Brutalism.
Now one of the major chunks of UMass Dartmouth is being transformed. That’s the Claire T. Carney Library, which is being renovated and enlarged — redesigned, really, in many ways — by a talented Boston architecture firm that calls itself designLAB. — bostonglobe.com
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. — boston.com
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.
Phil Boucher is a self-described “architecture nerd.” 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. — wbur.org
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. — boston.com
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 — at the height of white flight and automobile sprawl — a mega-corporation made an unlikely investment in the future of cities. — radioboston.wbur.org
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 “Big Dig” development in Boston, MA. — bustler.net
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. — bostonglobe.com
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. — smartplanet.com
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