Tim Love and Elizabeth Christoforetti created an illustration that alerts important stakeholders to the fine-grain impacts of climate change and also suggests possible technical and cultural responses. In their opinion, the debate needs to move from the science that is proving that high waters are coming to viable design solutions that can include potential positive new ways we can live in our cities. The illustration is featured in Coast, the current issue (Winter 2013) of ArchitectureBoston, a quarterly publication of the Boston Society of Architects that explores the ways architecture influences and is influenced by our environment and our society.
Wash ‘n Dry Urbanism
Fit City Boston Charrette
Jonathan Evans and Meera Deean of Utile served as facilitators for a Fit City Boston charrette at ABX. The charrette, organized by Gretchen Schneider of the Community Design Resource Center in cooperation with the City of Boston, considered ways that the urban environment could encourage healthier lifestyles. The charrette participants looked at vacant parcels in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston, an area that has a high incidence of asthma and less park space than other Boston neighborhoods. A lively discussion generated ideas ranging from urban agriculture and solar trellises to new playgrounds and outdoor exercise stations.
Tim Love is president-elect of the Boston Society of Architects
Tim Love has been elected 1st Vice President/President-elect of the Boston Society of Architects. Tim will serve as vice president under President Emily Grandstaff-Rice for the next year, and then will assume the role of president for 2015. Tim has two primary goals for his tenure as president: 1) to explore and promote new modes of innovative design practice and 2) to define and market Boston as an “International Design City,” given Boston’s rich legacy of 20th-century design and its robust contemporary architectural culture.
Women in Design exhibition at BSA Space
The jury consisted of Natasha Espada, AIA Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Curator; Meghan Melvin Curator of Design, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Mark Pasnik, AIA over,under and pinkcomma gallery; Adele Naude Santos, FAIA MIT School of Architecture; and Nader Tehrani NADAAA, MIT School of Architecture.
The exhibit is on view until November 15.
Tim Love leads open space design charrette
Tim Love was invited by the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) to moderate a design charrette for a proposed open space on a City-owned parcel that spans West 2nd and West 1st Street in South Boston. The lot, which includes a boarded-up Department of Public Works building, has been abandoned for years.
There was an impressive turnout of neighborhoods residents (thanks to Gary Murad’s “get-out-the-word” campaign). As a result of the excellent prep work by John Feuerbach and Jay Lee at DND, an impressive range of drawing and drafting supplies provided by Gretchen Schneider (Community Design Resource Center of Boston), and the design talents of Shauna Gillies-Smith (Ground), David Gamble (Gamble Associates), and David Warner (Warner Larson Landscape Architects), the workshop produced several thoughtful and viable alternatives for a park design, including a passive lawn, a community garden, and areas for informal neighborhood gatherings.
Belmont Day School Vision Plan is underway
Utile is working on a vision plan for Belmont Day School, an independent Pre-K through 8 school in Belmont, MA. The vision plan will evaluate the school’s existing facilities and landscape and identify areas for strategic renovation and expansion to support the school’s mission and enhance the campus.
Utile and Reed Hilderbrand have been working with the Greenway Conservancy and artist Jeff Briggs on a new custom-designed carousel and an associated landscape that completes the open space of a parcel that also includes Utile/Reed Hilderbrand’s Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion. The carousel recently opened to great fanfare.
Launch of the Boston Complete Streets Manual
Please join the City of Boston, Toole Design Group, and Utile for the launch of the Complete Streets Manual on Tuesday, October 22, in the Fort Point Room of the Boston Society of Architects Space at Atlantic Wharf, from 4 to 5:30 pm. The manual is a the result of a multi-year effort by the Boston Transportation Department, Toole Design Group, Utile, and the Mayor’s Complete Street Advisory Committee. It will enable public agencies, developers, engineers, and architects to design streets from a single frame of reference.
Two projects approved by the BRA Board
Last night, the Boston Redevelopment Authority Board gave the go-ahead to two mixed-use projects designed by Utile: the 283-unit Commons at Forest Hills and an affordable housing project in the Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester.
The Commons at Forest Hills is a $95-million-dollar transit-oriented, mixed-use development. Located on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain, it will be LEED Silver certifiable and will create 280 construction jobs. It includes 6,000-square-feet of retail space and 283 apartments. The project developer is Forest Hills Arborway LLC, a partnership between The Brennan Group and John M. Corcoran and Company.
The Four Corners housing project is being developed by Viet-AID, a Dorchester-based non-profit. The development will include 35 units of affordable housing, 3,000-square-feet of retail space, and a community room. The project will provide an estimated 22 construction jobs.