Utile is the lead urban designer and architect on the team selected by the City of Boston to redesign Broad Street in Boston’s financial district (along with HDR, lead engineer, and Richard Burck Associates, landscape architect). Broad Street is the first project of the Mayor’s Crossroads Initiative, a project that is meant to extend the public realm improvements of the Rose Kennedy Greenway into adjacent downtown Boston neighborhoods.
The design proposal seeks to encourage interaction between the public realm and publicly accessible ground floor uses of the adjacent buildings that line the sidewalk. The plan has been carefully calibrated, for example, to allow for outdoor seating for restaurants and cafes as part of the overall design concept. Street trees have been grouped around street intersections to create a series of “oases” that help create specific places within the linear structure of the street. Significant historical buildings and view corridors have been highlighted through the careful arrangement of new public benches and street trees.