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“After Empirical Urbanism” Symposium at University of Toronto

Tim Love, AIA, Associate Professor at Northeastern University and Principal of Utile, is joining a panel at After Empirical Urbanism, a symposium at University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. In “Leveraging the Marketplace”, Tim contributes to the panel a discussion of recent Utile projects including parking garage concepts developed for the Long Island Index and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, a master plan for the Hull, Massachusetts waterfront, and a new rowhouse district in Hartford, Connecticut. The symposium is scheduled for February 27th and 28th, 2015.

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Ongoing planning for Boston City Hall Plaza’s revitalization

 

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Kindra Cooper covers the ongoing planning for Boston City Hall Plaza’s revitalization in The Architect’s Newspaper, including a mention of Utile and Reed Hilderbrand’s study for the plaza’s redesign. You can read the full article here.

Photos of Utile’s new office

Photographer Gustav Hoiland braved the cold to shoot Utile’s new space at 115 Kingston Street in Downtown Boston. Here are a few of our favorite photos.

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Construction begins at 600 Harrison Avenue

Utile’s latest project with New Atlantic Development, 600 Harrison Avenue, is now under construction. The 240,000 square foot, mixed-use complex in Boston’s South End will house 160 apartments with multiple amenities and 3,600 square feet of ground floor retail space. Construction will be complete in 2016.

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Green Building & Design Magazine: Utile’s “Big Idea” and project spotlight

In the January-February 2015 “Ideas Issue” of Green Building & Design, seven industry professionals present their visions in response to a challenging question: What is one big idea in urban design that hasn’t yet gained traction? Utile Principal Tim Love offers his idea for a larger focus on Back-of-House Design, which you can read about here.

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This issue of gb&d – a publication that covers green building and design across industries – also profiles the net zero energy Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion in its Spotlight Play section.

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Somerville Zoning Overhaul draft released

Utile is assisting the City of Somerville in the final stages of its Zoning Overhaul, which is timed appropriately considering recent planning and anticipated growth for the City. The new zoning code serves to guide future development, incorporating the concerns and suggestions of Somerville residents. Utile worked closely with the City of Somerville to present the zoning code in clear language and engaging graphics in an effort to improve the user’s experience navigating the code.

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The Boston Conservatory Studio Building featured in College Planning & Management

The Boston Conservatory Studio Building is featured in College Planning & Management’s January 2015 issue. The article highlights the unique challenges encountered by the design team of​ Handel Architects and Utile, and their inspired solutions for a state-of-the-art ​studio building.

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Ramp parcel design to improve the Greenway

Working with MassDOT and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Utile and HDR Engineering designed concepts for the ramp parcels sited above the Central Artery on Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway. Responding to concerns arising from public meetings, the parcels will be dedicated to operative open space while addressing connectivity, aesthetic, and use challenges. Utile’s concepts are designed to combine these elevated pedestrian walkways with new landscaping, visual screening, and gathering spaces, while reducing roadway crossings, improving wayfinding, and increasing safety. Read about BostInno’s coverage of the study here.

 

Existing Parcel 6 Ramp:

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Proposed Concept for Parcel 6 Ramp:

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Chronicle covers “Boston’s best new building” finalists

Utile is honored that our Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion is a finalist for the Boston Society of Architects 2014 Harleston Parker Medal, which celebrates “the single most beautiful building or other structure built in metropolitan Boston in the past 10 years”. Utile, along with four other nominees, are featured on the January 6, 2015 episode of Chronicle, “Building Beauty”, at 7:30pm on WCVB, which highlights the award program.

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Utile collaborates on Greenovate Boston’s Climate Action Plan

Greenovate Boston challenges Bostonians to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions for a greener, healthier, and more prosperous city. Utile worked collaboratively with one[visual]mind and the City of Boston to develop the following concept illustrations for the 2014 Greenovate Boston Climate Action Plan.

 

The Large Buildings and Institutions graphic depicts plan elements such as LEED certifiable construction, energy reporting, and green skills training.

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The Transportation graphic depicts plan elements such as Boston Complete Streets, bike commuting, and raising the fuel economy.

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The Neighborhoods graphic depicts plan elements such as residential heating, recycling programs, and park systems.

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