Upcoming Lecture: Modern Landscape Architecture and the Pedestrian City – April 21, 2017
The Providence Preservation Society is hosting its Spring Lecture, Modern Landscape Architecture and the Pedestrian City, with speakers Tim Love of Utile and Charles A. Birnbaum of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. With a focus on I.M. Pei’s Cathedral Square in Providence, the lecture will examine the historical significance of “invisible” public places, put them into context of the Modern movement in architecture, and propose strategies to honor the importance and sustained longevity of these landscapes.
The Spring Lecture takes place on Friday April 21, 2017 from 6-7 pm at the Joseph Doorley Municipal Building in Providence, RI. Click here to register for this free event.
New photography of Girard in Boston’s South End
Utile worked with photographer Gustav Hoiland of Flagship Photo to capture Girard, our mixed-use apartment building at 600 Harrison Avenue in the South End with New Atlantic Development. Click here for details on the project and to see more of our favorite photos.
The future of development in Boston’s Raymond L. Flynn Maritime Park
Journalist Steve Adams’ piece in Banker & Tradesman, Marine Park Vision: ‘Flex- Industrial’ Space A New Blueprint For Gritty Waterfront District covers the future of development in Boston’s Raymond L. Flynn Maritime Park. Home to a multitude of marine industrial, general industrial, and commercial businesses, the Marine Park still has a significant amount of underutilized property and needs to respond to the changing market to include a mix of tenants that can support the cost of new construction. Adams points out that Utile, who was hired to master plan the 191-acre waterfront, identified a “contemporary flex-industrial space” as a building prototype to reactivate the area. This mixed-use building type, and a restructuring of the relative amount of permitted uses in the park, could attract additional tenants beyond marine industrial and supporting industrial uses. These include biotech, manufacturing, and e-commerce, lending a new dynamic to the character and economic viability of the park.
Utile and the City of Everett’s vision for a new Everett Square
Utile is assisting the City of Everett in the redesign of Everett Square, with the goal of making the square a more vibrant, walkable destination. The plan calls for reshaping the downtown area to create larger open spaces and wider sidewalks, while updating zoning to encourage mixed-use development and economic growth. You can read more about the project and thoughts from the team in journalist Joseph Domelowicz Jr.’s piece in the Everett Independent, Reshaping and Growing: City Unveils Plans for Everett Square.
Utile’s ongoing work with the I-195 District Commission in Providence, RI
Utile is serving as the on-call planning consultant for the I-195 District Commission in Providence, Rhode Island, the state-appointed authority responsible for the development of 21 parcels that were liberated by the relocation of the Interstate south of the Jewelry District in 2013. Utile’s role is to advise the Commission on development and urban design strategies to unify areas of the city previously divided by the highway, and attract new development and business opportunities to Downtown Providence.
The most recent phase of the District’s revitalization is the development of an innovative concession space on Parcel 42, intended to engage residents and energize the surrounding area. With Utile’s design guidance, the Commission has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for teams interested in designing, installing, and operating a concession area to activate this new open public space. Illustrating the RFP are conceptual designs of a restaurant pavilion developed by Utile, inspired by field trips to local pop-up brew pubs and restaurants to better understand dimensional, functional, and character issues.
Responses to the RFP are due on March 23, 2017, which can be found here.
Congratulations to Tim Love, FAIA!
We’re proud to announce that founding principal Tim Love is now a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA)! A comprehensive application submitted to the 2017 FAIA jury focused on Tim’s impactful contributions to the public realm and the social life of city neighborhoods as an architect and urban designer over the past 27 years. This extensive portfolio of accomplishments as a practitioner and educator was supplemented by the generous support of several of his peers, most notably Jim Collins of Payette, who served as Tim’s devoted and enthusiastic FAIA sponsor. Tim joins the ranks of just 3% of AIA members with FAIA distinction, who according to the AIA “have made significant contributions to the profession and society and who exemplify architectural excellence.”
Meet Utile’s New Associates
Utile is pleased to announce the 2017 promotions of (from left to right, top to bottom) Colin Kerr, Nick Buehrens, Maressa Perreault, Drew Kane, Chantel Kocher, Jonathan Evans, and Eric Boatright to the Associate level. They join Meera Deean, who was promoted last year, and Brett Bentson, who is Associate Principal. We thank them for their dedication and contributions to the firm. Congratulations!
Progress on the JP Branch of the Boston Public Library addition
The modern glass entryway of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library’s new addition glows in the foreground of the original historic 1911 building. Working for the Boston Public Facilities Department and the Boston Public Library, Utile designed the 2,500 square foot addition accommodating new meeting space and resources for the community, as well as the renovation of the existing historic structure. Construction continues in preparation for a spring opening.
Matthew Littell contributes to ArchitectureBoston’s latest issue
ArchitectureBoston’s recent issue, “Getting to Yes,” focuses on the Imagine Boston comprehensive plan’s targeted 53,000 new units of much-needed housing by 2030. Utile Principal Matthew Littell’s contributed article, “New family frames”, highlights the role of Accessory Dwelling Units (also known as “granny flats” or “in-law” apartments) in addressing the city’s housing crisis. Loosening the existing, antiquated restrictions on ADUs will create additional residential options, alleviating the reliance on new development to solve the housing deficit. Matthew writes, “Allowing homeowners more freedom to adapt their existing homes to changing needs can promote long-term occupancy and neighborhood stability.” You can read the full article here.
Construction continues at Utile and ACDC’s 88 Hudson St. in Boston
Utile, working with the non-profit Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), is currently constructing 51 units of affordable housing at 88 Hudson St. in Boston, also known as Parcel 24 South. The six-story building includes a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom condominiums for working families earning 60 – 100% of the area median income. A new major public open space will be located on the north side of the building, with an intimate private green space to the south. This project is part of ACDC’s effort to increase the number of affordable housing units in Chinatown on land reclaimed from the Central Artery Big Dig. You can read more about this project at Banker & Tradesman.