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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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Utile Case Study: Designing for the Public Sector

Proactive Practices has published a series of case studies as part of a three-year research project exploring how firms and nonprofits have built financially sustainable public interest design practices. The studies, produced by the Proactive Practices Research Collaborative and funded … Continue reading

Tim Love serves on AIA Portland Design Awards jury

Tim Love was one of three Boston-based architects selected to serve on the AIA Portland (Oregon) 2016 Architecture Awards jury, along with Beth Whittaker of Merge Architects and Marianna Ibañez of Ibañez Kim. The jury was held at the Boston Society of Architects … Continue reading

Weston approves Town Center Master Plan

The residents of Weston voted last week to approve funds for the improvements outlined in the Town Center Master Plan, created by Utile. The Plan will improve the appearance and safety of the Town Center by creating more continuous and ample sidewalks, safer … Continue reading

Utile tours Assembly Row

Last Thursday, the City of Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development generously agreed to give Utile staff a walking tour of the mixed-use Assembly Row development in Somerville. George Proakis, the Director of Planning, presented the history, planning, and … Continue reading

Union Square Neighborhood Plan wins 2016 CNU-NE Urbanism Award

Utile and Principle Group’s Union Square Neighborhood Plan was Awarded the CNU New England Urbanism Award for 2016, a program that celebrates “outstanding design, development, and policy achievements in New England.” The year-long project, completed for the City of Somerville, … Continue reading

City of Boston releases draft of Imagine Boston 2030 Strategic Plan

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh writes in his introduction to the Imagine Boston 2030 Draft Strategic Plan, “You hold in your hands a vision for Boston in the year 2030. The vision was shaped by over 12,000 Boston voices, when residents … Continue reading

Boston celebrates an illuminated City Hall

At last night’s Boston City Hall lighting celebration, Mayor Walsh told a lively crowd, “I am proud that for the first time in its 48 year history, Boston City Hall is going to shine.” The event celebrated Utile and Lam … Continue reading

The City of Providence unveils proposed redesign of the 6-10 Highway Connector

Working with the City of Providence, Utile and Nelson\Nygaard are helping to reimagine the deteriorating urban interchange and highway known as the 6-10 Connector, which runs between the Olneyville neighborhood and downtown Providence. The City/Utile team has proposed an elevated … Continue reading

Join us to Light Boston City Hall on Thursday!

Please join us on the evening of Thursday, October 13th as Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston unveil Boston City Hall’s new architectural lighting. The first step in transforming City Hall and the Plaza, Utile and Lam Partners’ lighting … Continue reading

Girard is now open in Boston’s South End!

Utile and New Atlantic Development’s mixed-use apartment complex, Girard, has opened its doors to tenants. Named after American textile designer Alexander Girard, the 160-unit building is described by Boston Magazine’s Madeline Bilis as “a piece of 1950s eye candy, drawing … Continue reading

Drew Kane presents in the UMass Amherst Zube Lecture Series

Utile project manager and planner Drew Kane was last Thursday’s invited presenter in the Zube 2016 Fall Lecture Series at the University of Massachusetts Amherst through the department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning (LA&RP). His presentation, Local Identity and … Continue reading

Utile celebrates Downeast Cider’s new East Boston facility

Utilians attended the Downeast Cider Open House to celebrate the unveiling of its new Boston Harbor Shipyard production facility in East Boston. Utile designed the 18,900 square foot renovation of the former ship building space to accommodate the cider brewer’s need to … Continue reading

An interview with the Utile Co-ops

The Northeastern University School of Architecture checked in with Utile co-ops Melanie Hashiguchi, Ben Garbow, and Davae Gibson. You can read what the three architecture majors have to say about their current projects, getting to know the neighborhood, and how … Continue reading

Weston Town Center reimagined

Utile’s draft master plan for Weston’s Town Center was strongly supported by the Board of Selectmen at a meeting on Tuesday evening. The proposal is predicated on making the lane widths of Boston Post Road consistent through the heart of … Continue reading

MIT celebrates renovation of the Samuel Tak Lee Building

Utile joined the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning (DUSP) at a reception last evening to celebrate the newly renovated Samuel Tak Lee Building. The 35,000 square foot extensive interior renovation accommodates new collaborative spaces with a variety of flexible … Continue reading

Groundbreaking ceremony for Union Point’s new downtown area

State and town officials, members of the development team, and other project supporters celebrated the groundbreaking of the Union Point extension of the Delahunt Parkway, a half-mile stretch of road that will serve as an east-west connector between Weymouth and neighboring Rockland. The road … Continue reading

The 2016 softball season comes to a close

Team Utile has wrapped up another exciting softball season with the Boston Area Architects’ Softball League! Facing off against nine other teams from June through August at Moakley Park in South Boston, Utilians (and loyal canine mascots!) ended the summer with … Continue reading

Construction begins at Union Point Town Center

Construction is underway at the mixed-use Town Center Apartments, part of developer LSTAR’s new 1,500-acre Union Point residential and commercial community on the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station site. Designed by Utile for John M. Corcoran and Company, the … Continue reading

MetroMark Apartments: A Boston Herald “Hot Property”

Paul Restuccia of the Boston Herald visited the recently-opened first phase of MetroMark Apartments in Jamaica Plain, a mixed-use development by The Brennan Group and John M. Corcoran Company, designed by Utile. In Hot Property: New JP units sited for … Continue reading

Governor signs municipal modernization bill with parking reforms co-authored by Utile’s Jessica Robertson

In early August, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a comprehensive municipal modernization bill, with the intention of updating obsolete practices and giving cities and towns more flexibility and authority. Utile’s Jessica Robertson, a senior planner, was instrumental in writing a section … Continue reading

A history of One Beach in Revere, MA

The Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) covered the recent opening of One Beach in its article, Historic site now home for Revere seniors. Designed by Utile, the 39-unit senior living building was developed through a partnership between The Neighborhood Developers, MHP, and the Commonwealth … Continue reading

New photography for Belmont Day School’s Coolidge Hall

Photographer Gustav Hoiland recently shot the renovated Coolidge Hall at Belmont Day School. Utile’s renovation of the centrally-located dining hall and multi-purpose space included the removal of an elevated stage to allow for more dining space, large new windows, and an … Continue reading

Utile leads plan of New Haven’s historic Wooster Square

Photo courtesy of Aliyya Swaby, New Haven Independent Utile, along with transportation consultant Nelson\Nygaard, recently kicked off a new transit-oriented development planning study for the Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut. The study aims to guide the City in planning … Continue reading

Summer Interns and Co-ops

Utile is pleased to introduce our summer interns and six-month co-ops, who have been staffed on various projects throughout the office. From top left, clockwise: Ben Garbow, architecture major, Northeastern University; Melanie Hashiguchi, architecture major, Northeastern University; LaRae Brison, M. Arch … Continue reading

Tim Love goes to “Design Camp”

Tim Love was one of eight design leaders invited to Detroit to participate in the 7th Annual Enterprise Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute, held July 12th through 14th. “Design Camp” – the theme of this year’s Institute – gave six affordable housing … Continue reading

Utile and TND celebrate ribbon cutting at One Beach in Revere

Utile and The Neighborhood Developers recently celebrated the ribbon cutting for One Beach, an affordable over-55 rental housing development in Revere, Massachusetts. Located within walking distance to downtown, several MBTA bus lines, and the Revere Senior Center, One Beach provides … Continue reading

Joshua Simoneau enters Northern Avenue Bridge ideas competition

The City of Boston and the Boston Society of Architects have announced the winners of its Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition. While not among the selected entries, Utile architect and urban planner Joshua Simoneau and Northeastern University Adjunct Professor Michael … Continue reading

A New Brick Façade for the JP Library

Masonry work continues at the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library with the installation of brick and limestone on the exterior façade. This photo shows the contemporary spin on traditional Boston brick, a small part of how the branch … Continue reading

Meet Joshua Simoneau, Kyle Belcher, and Paul Miller

Team Utile has expanded with the addition of three talented new hires– Joshua  Simoneau, Kyle Belcher, and Paul Miller. Josh comes to Utile with experience both as an architect and urban planner. Passionate about cities with a particular interest in public spaces, … Continue reading

One Beach Under Construction

Utile is excited to be nearing completion on the construction of One Beach, a 39-unit affordable senior housing building in Revere, MA. The project, being undertaken by The Neighborhood Developers, will provide much needed rental housing for residents in the … Continue reading

Utile participates in Boston Design Week

This year’s Boston Design Week offers an exciting program of talks, films, tours, and other events covering a range of design topics throughout the city. Tickets have sold out for Utile’s presentation on the City Hall and Plaza master plan project, … Continue reading

600 Harrison under construction

With the roof deck concrete poured, 600 Harrison Ave now rises to 70′ above the intersection with Malden St. in the South End. Construction commenced in January 2015,  replacing the site of an existing parking lot that formerly housed a … Continue reading

On the road with Imagine Boston

“‘If we cannot afford it now, how are we going to afford it later?’” This week, Imagine Boston and Utile went to Dorchester to gather feedback from residents as part of an ongoing discussion on how to address Boston’s staggering … Continue reading

Rethinking the public meeting in Cambridge

Utile’s work with the Cambridge Community Development Department and Interboro Partners was recently mentioned in Rachel Kaufman’s article for Next City: “Home to MIT, Harvard and Junior Mints, the city of 100,000 is spending the next year listening to citizens and … Continue reading

Taking action in Upham’s Corner

Utile has been working closely with Noah Hicks (back row, left), Historic Boston, Inc., and The American City Coalition to realize the revitalization of a long abandoned historic structure in Upham’s Corner. Noah is the founder of the Bowdoin Bike School, a local community cycling organization. A lifelong … Continue reading

Utile goes to Detroit

Utile was thrilled to interview for the Detroit East Riverfront Framework Plan in Detroit, MI.  Among the 24 teams that submitted for the four hundred acre riverfront plan, Utile was one of seven that were chosen, including BJH Advisors in collaboration with … Continue reading

Utile welcomes Nupoor Monani

Nupoor Monani has joined Utile after receiving her Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Since joining the firm, Nupoor has been primarily involved in visioning for Imagine Boston 2030, the City’s first comprehensive plan in nearly … Continue reading

Lighting Boston City Hall

  Utile’s work for the lighting of Boston City Hall was recently featured in the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. Developed with with Lam Partners and WSP/Parsons Brinkerhoff, Utile’s plan uses LED technology to restore the building’s original design intent while … Continue reading

Utile’s newest designer: Angela Lufkin

Utile is happy to welcome its newest architectural and urban designer, Angela Lufkin, who recently graduated summa cum laude with a BSD in Architecture from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. While at ASU, she was awarded The Design … Continue reading

Utile’s Matthew Littell and Imagine Boston’s Sara Myerson kick off NEU Open Classroom Series

Northeastern University’s Myra Kraft Open Classroom will spend the semester-long lecture series focusing on Imagine Boston 2030 and the issues that will be addressed by Boston’s first citywide plan in fifty years. To kick off the series, Utile principal Matthew … Continue reading

Welcome, Kelly Lynema!

Kelly has joined Utile’s urban planning team, coming from the Boston Studio of NBBJ as an Associate Urban Planner. Her extensive background in writing, design, and communications has helped inform her belief that “design is a powerful communication  tool for … Continue reading

City of Boston selects Utile, with Grimshaw Architects and Reed Hilderbrand, to study City Hall and City Hall Plaza

On November 3, 2015 the City of Boston announced that Utile, with Grimshaw Architects and Reed Hilderbrand, has been commissioned by the Property and Construction Management Department to direct a one-year planning process that will lead to a comprehensive roadmap … Continue reading

Union Square Neighborhood wins APA-MA Award!

Utile is thrilled that the Union Square Neighborhood Plan was awarded the 2015 Comprehensive Planning Award by the American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA)! The year-long planning process placed community consensus at the forefront, making sure all perspectives were brought to the … Continue reading

Utile featured in Compass Quarterly

Utile was featured in The New Boston Blueprint – a piece in the new publication, Compass Quarterly – as one of eight firms in Boston that are “redefining home”. The article focuses on how these local firms are shaping the … Continue reading

Metro Boston covers Imagine Boston 2030’s traveling photo booth

Imagine Boston 2030, the City’s first comprehensive planning effort in nearly 50 years, took its traveling selfie booth around town last week to ask members of the public where they picture themselves in the future. This is part of a multi-phase … Continue reading

Utile to begin Cambridge Citywide Plan

Utile is leading a team working with the City of Cambridge to develop a new citywide plan. Cambridge is a recognized leader in urban planning, and a significant body of recent work will serve as a foundation for the planning … Continue reading

Utile welcomes Jessica Robertson

Utile is thrilled to welcome to the team Jessica Robertson, our newest senior planner. Jessica says, “My background is in planning and policy, so I’m excited to immerse myself more fully in the design perspective, and contribute my experience in … Continue reading

Our newest team member: Ingrid Bengtson

Ingrid Bengtson has joined Utile after receiving her Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. “Most of my work is tied together by an interest in the interplay between necessity and excess. In school this manifested … Continue reading

New photos of 26 West Broadway in South Boston

Photographer Gustav Hoiland took advantage of the beautiful weather this week to shoot 26 West Broadway in South Boston, our mixed-use apartment development with Evergreen Property Group. Click here to see a few photos from the shoot!

Groundbreaking ceremony at the JP Branch of the Boston Public Library

Utile recently celebrated the groundbreaking for the addition and renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, an ongoing project with the Boston Public Facilities Department and the Boston Public Library. The 2,500 square feet of new … Continue reading

Charlotte Lipschitz joins Utile

Charlotte is the newest member of our team! She will work on both architectural and urban design projects, given her ability to think and design across a wide range of scales. She received a Master in Architecture from the Harvard … Continue reading

Utile welcomes Sara Al-Otaibi!

Say hello to Sara, Utile’s newest architectural and interior designer. Born in Virginia and raised in Bahrain, Sara received her Master of Architecture with distinction and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a Minor in Art and Design from Northeastern University. … Continue reading

The Architect’s Newspaper Studio Visit with Utile

Utile was a recent stop for The Architect’s Newspaper Studio Visit, a regular feature focused on emerging design firms. During the office tour, writer Christine Cipriani sat down with founding principal Tim Love to discuss the studio culture, the rich diversity of the projects, … Continue reading

BostInno tours the Utile office!

Nick DeLuca of BostInno visited Utile’s office last week to speak with principal Matthew Littell, who discussed the office’s move last fall to Kingston Street. Nick’s piece highlighted the “Utile City” graphic in the office entryway, which imagines the firm’s recent planning and … Continue reading

Thoughts on Widett Circle planning for The Boston Globe

Tim Love urges future use planning for Boston’s Widett Circle in his opinion piece “Preserve Widett Circle’s industrial legacy” for The Boston Globe, in the wake of attention turned toward the district during the polarizing Boston 2024 Olympic bid process. An option for the area presented … Continue reading

Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion receives IAA 2015 honorable mention

The Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion has received an honorable mention in the Cultural category for the 2015 International Architecture Awards, hosted by Architecture Podium. You can read about the honored projects for 2015 here.

Interactive visualization featured in Boston Globe

The interactive visualization work of Daniel Hartman – a student of Siqi Zhu‘s in the Information Design and Visualization MFA program at Northeastern University – was featured in The Boston Globe’s Business section on Sunday. Hartman’s research graphicizes the persistent housing … Continue reading

Groundbreaking at VietAID’s Upper Washington in Dorchester

Utile helped celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony of VietAID’s Upper Washington Development, featuring remarks from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as well as other elected officials, project financial supporters, and community stakeholders. The mixed-use project features 35 affordable units as well as 3,000 square feet … Continue reading

Somerville Open Space Typologies

Working with the City of Somerville on its new Zoning Overhaul, Utile provided illustrative graphics that easily translate the code standards and make the ordinance clearer to read, understand, and ultimately ensure that it is more customer-friendly. Unique from most zoning codes, the City … Continue reading

Final piece installed at 22-26 West Broadway

The lobby stair was completed this week at Utile and Evergreen Property Group’s 22-26 West Broadway, marking the final piece of construction. The custom-designed stair, with white oak-clad treads and risers and a structural glass guardrail, connects the ground floor … Continue reading

Tactical Urbanism + The Lawn on D panel

Utile’s Elizabeth Christoforetti joins a panel co-hosted by the BSLA Emerging Professionals Committee and the BSA Emerging Professional Network on Thursday, June 11th to discuss Tactical Urbanism + The Lawn on D. Boston’s Lawn on D is a three-acre temporary landscape adjacent to … Continue reading

Town Hall Meeting for East Anaheim Street Corridor Study

Utile and RSAUD recently facilitated the second Town Hall Meeting for the East Anaheim Street Corridor Study in Long Beach, California. The one-mile-long corridor along Anaheim Street between Atlantic and Junipero Avenue is home to a rich range of businesses, including restaurants, retailers, … Continue reading

Planning for a new Boston neighborhood at Beacon Yards

In his Boston Globe Opinion piece, “At Beacon Yards, here comes the neighborhood”, Dante Ramos writes about the future of Beacon Yards, a 60-acre former rail yard currently occupied by the 1-90 Allston interchange. Utile Principal and Northeastern University Associate … Continue reading

Debate at UT’s Center for American Architecture & Design

Tim Love recently participated in a debate at the University of Texas Center for American Architecture & Design. Fiona Cousins, a Principal and Engineer at Arup, and Tim argued that “design is the prime mover of great design.” They were … Continue reading

BSA Housing Urban Design Workshop organized by Tim Love

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) hosted the final presentations of its Housing Urban Design Workshop yesterday evening, with a goal of generating new, inspiring thinking in urban workforce housing. Tim Love organized the workshops as 2015 BSA President. The … Continue reading

Boston Complete Streets wins APA National Planning Award

Utile is honored to receive the American Planning Association’s 2015 National Planning Excellence Award for a Communications Initiative, for its collaboration with the Boston Transportation Department and Toole Design Group on the Boston Complete Streets Design Guidelines. This 270-page illustrated manual communicates … Continue reading

Michael LeBlanc on parametric thinking at MassArt’s lecture series

Utile Principal Michael LeBlanc spoke with students of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design as part of their Tuesday Talks lecture series this week on the topic of Parametric Thinking: Design Strategies for Market-Based Projects. His lecture focused on identifying the … Continue reading

Utile receives Out-of-the-Box Award for Boston Living with Water Competition

Utile’s Boston Living with Water team is excited to receive the single “Out-of-the-Box” award for our High Street City; (Gradually) Living with Water entry. The competition, launched by the City of Boston, Boston Harbor Association, Boston Redevelopment Authority, and Boston … Continue reading

“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 … Continue reading

Ongoing planning for Boston City Hall Plaza’s revitalization

  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.

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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. … Continue reading

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.

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Proposed Beacon Yards by Northeastern graduate studio

Principal Tim Love, a tenured Associate Professor at Northeastern University’s School of Architecture, worked with his Master’s Research Studio graduate students to develop Beacon Yards: DeNovo Urbanism, a proposed master plan for the reuse of a 60-acre former rail yard … Continue reading

Utile’s work with MCCA on a future use typology featured in UrbanLand

As part of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) Expansion, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) is designing its new garages as universal structures to accommodate a future decrease in demand for parking and increase in demand for office, … Continue reading

Matthew Littell visits BC High’s young urban planners

Utile Principal Matthew Littell was a guest speaker at BC High last week as part of the 7th  Grade City Project, where students are completing a year-long urban planning exercise in the creation of their own city. Matthew lectured on Smart … Continue reading

Demolition begins at The Commons at Forest Hills Station

Demolition is now underway at The Commons at Forest Hills Station in Jamaica Plain, a 283-apartment mixed-use development designed by Utile. The project is conveniently located a short distance from its namesake Orange Line transit stop and will provide a … Continue reading

Flexible Parking Structures in UrbanLand

In Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts, a recent article from The Urban Land Institute’s UrbanLand Magazine, Professor William P. Macht of Portland State University in Oregon’s Center for Real Estate explores Utile’s flexible parking structure concept designed to accommodate a … Continue reading

MIT Industrial Urbanism Symposium

Tim Love was a moderator and respondent in October at MIT’s Industrial Urbanism Symposium for a panel on changing technologies. The panelists included Marty Schmidt, the provost of MIT; Sanjay Sarma, MIT’s director of digital learning; and Calestous Juma of Harvard … Continue reading

Readville Yard 5 featured in the Boston Globe

Utile is working with First Highland Management and Development on the Readville Yard 5 Industrial Development, recently featured in the Boston Globe and approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The project will transform an underutilized railyard into 375,000 square feet … Continue reading

Michael LeBlanc speaks at Architectural Record Multifamily Symposium

Michael LeBlanc recently spoke as part of a panel during a symposium on Multifamily Housing, hosted by Architectural Record. As part of the larger conversation about affordability issues in the Boston metropolitan region, Michael discussed some of Utile’s multifamily development strategies. … Continue reading

MassDevelopment Transformative Development Initiative

Utile 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 … Continue reading

St. Andrew’s School in Austin, Texas

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 … Continue reading

Boston Conservatory building is complete!

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

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

“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 … Continue reading