Utile 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.
Utile to begin Boston Marine Industrial Park Master Plan Update
Lawn on D Street featured in CityLab
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
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
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.
“Complete Streets Come of Age” in Planning Magazine
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
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
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.
Complete Streets wins CNU New England Grand Award!
Boston’s Complete Streets Guidelines was recently awarded the Grand Award at the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism 2014 Awards. The manual, a collaboration between Utile and Toole Design Group for the Boston Transportation Department, was called “a triumph of policy over politics.” An online version of the guidelines can be found here.
Jamaica Plain Branch Library Community Meeting
Utile was recently selected to design the renovations and addition to the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library. The current building is a compact 1911 structure that was the first dedicated branch library in Boston. With the highest recent circulation among the city’s branch libraries, the building is in need of a little breathing room. The community planning process began on Wednesday, April 9. That first meeting was well attended, with an appearance from City Councilman Matt O’Malley and many members of the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Library.
Utile and Viet-AID to develop affordable housing in Dorchester
Utile is working with Viet-AID CDC on developing a mixed-use development in Four Corners. Viet-AID was recently approved for $14.5 million in project funding from the Massachusetts DHCD. The development will include 35 affordable units and 3,000 square feet of commercial space. Construction is planned to start by the end of the year.