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MassDevelopment Transformative Development Initiative

Base v3Utile worked with MassDevelopment to publicize its Commonwealth Gateway Cities Transformative Development Initiative (TDI). TDI brings together a number of technical, financial, and community engagement tools to effect visible investments within locally-identified, strategically-located districts. The program focuses on linking and leveraging these investments to catalyze follow-on investments and activities.

We developed a graphic outreach package that communicates the spirit and mechanics of the TDI program. MassDevelopment has successfully used this package to reach out to potential target cities.

MassDevelopment has more information on its website about the Transformative Development Initiative.

St. Andrew’s School in Austin, Texas

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Utile is excited to have been commissioned for a new master plan for the St. Andrew’s School in Austin, TX. The scope includes plans for two separate campuses (a Lower School and Upper School) and a 94-acre tract of land adjacent to their Upper School property.

The Utile team is impressed by the culture of the School and the thoughtfulness of the leadership. The plan will both tackle broad strategic questions and provide targeted recommendations for enhancing the physical character of both campuses.

We will closely collaborate with Chris Moyles, a principal at Reed Hilderbrand, and his team. Chris is directing another project for Reed Hilderbrand in Austin, the Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria.

Boston Conservatory building is complete!

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Our collaboration with Handel Architects to design The Boston Conservatory’s new studio building located at 132 Ipswich Street is complete! The building features state-of-the-art acoustical technology that is able to suppress outside noise.

Photo credit: Bill Brett Photography

Utile to begin Boston Marine Industrial Park Master Plan Update

AerialUtile has been selected by the Boston Redevelopment Authority / Economic Development and Industrial Corporation to produce an update to the master plan for the Boston Marine Industrial Park. Utile will work with the BRA/EDIC to look at how the industrial park has changed since the last master plan update in 2000. Our team will conduct an economic analysis of the park’s port facilities and identify the port’s relative position in the regional maritime economy, as well as examine how future land uses will relate to the South Boston Waterfront Innovation District. Working with Utile for this project are Ninigret Partners for economic development and business strategy, Durand & Anastas Environmental Strategies for waterfront planning and regulatory consulting, HDR Engineering for port economics and maritime infrastructure, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates for multimodal transportation planning, Noble, Wickersham & Heart for land use and legal consulting, and Byrne McKinney & Associates for property valuation.

Lawn on D Street featured in CityLab

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Anthony Flint of CityLab has published a piece on the recent playground installation at Sasaki and Utile’s Lawn on D Street. Describing the park as a successful urban intervention primarily through intelligent programming, Flint uses it as an example supporting his belief that “planning and urban design these days needs to be more nimble.” The article can be found here.

2014 R+D Awards Winners

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Congrats to the 2014 R+D Design Awards winners!  Mimi Love recently served as a jury member, choosing nine winners out of over a hundred entries. The results of these awards along with short profiles of the jury members can be found here.

22-26 West Broadway Topping Off

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22-26 West Broadway celebrates a milestone with the ceremonial topping off of the steel structure.  Rising above West Broadway at the base of the Broadway Bridge, the six-story mixed-use building has formed a new gateway to South Boston.  Once completed, the boutique building will house 31 residential units, 4000sf of retail space, and a below-grade parking garage accessed via a car elevator.

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“Complete Streets Come of Age” in Planning Magazine

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In a cover story in this month’s Planning Magazine, former Utile designer and project manager Corey Zehngebot and Harvard GSD real estate professor Rick Peiser have written an article describing how Boston’s Complete Streets program serves as an excellent example of the growing importance of these policies in cities across the country. It also details the graphic innovations developed by Utile and Toole Design Group, in collaboration with the Boston Transportation Department, namely the “three-dimensional perspective illustrations… that placed streetscape elements in a context with an unmistakable Boston flavor.”

 

Mimi Love on ARCHITECT R+D awards jury

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Mimi Love served on the jury of the 2014 ARCHITECT R+D awards. The awards highlight advances in contemporary building technologies, and over 100 entries were submitted in the categories of prototype, production, and application. Bill Kreysler of Kreysler & Associates and Gerardo Salinas of Rojkind Architectos were fellow jurors.

 

Tim Love as one of Boston Magazine’s thought leaders

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Tim Love has been listed in Boston Magazine’s Power of Ideas, an article describing the city’s 75 top thought leaders. The magazine writes that Tim “is actively imagining what Boston should look like—and developing public-private partnerships to bring innovative urban ideas to fruition.” The list includes Boston figures ranging from politicians Marty Walsh and Elizabeth Warren to filmmaker Errol Morris and law professor Cass Sunstein.

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