Roxbury residents got a peek yesterday at several blueprints for a revitalized Dudley Square, from bold visions like erecting a gleaming new office tower to practical plans for easing congestion in its bus hub.
In the end, the designs with a more practical vision of what was possible for the 1.8-acre city-owned plot of land gained the favor of area residents who judged an architectural competition.
“This is just the beginning of thinking about how Dudley Square can improve,” said Kairos Shen, director of planning for the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
Read more @ the SOURCE: The Boston Globe – Vision for Dudley Square seen anew by architects .
FIFTY YEARS ago this spring the roar of heavy machinery echoed down the narrow streets of Boston’s old West End as bulldozers and cranes with wrecking balls began executing a desperate plan to revitalize the city by razing one of its oldest neighborhoods.
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Thousands of poor and elderly residents were evicted, many from the only home they had ever known. Veiled promises of relocation to comparable housing never materialized, and the West Enders were scattered throughout the metropolitan area. For many, their standard of living was severely reduced and they never recovered.
Destroying a neighborhood to save a city – The Boston Globe.
Mohsen Mostafavi, the new dean at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, is much more than a man who understands lines, brick, and mortar. He is a philosopher of sorts. Since arriving from Cornell, where he served as dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Mostafavi has been thinking about how his students can be futurists, meaning how they can use their tools today to plan for the cities we will inhabit in the years ahead. Mostafavi, who was born in Iran, recently chatted about his research, and his plans for the future of the school.
Read more @ the Source: The Boston Globe – New Harvard dean has designs on our future
A partnership between Facilities Management and students majoring in landscape architecture is blooming on the campus – and to the benefit of both groups.
During the past year, students have sharpened their design skills by working with landscapers in Facilities Management, which has similarly benefited from the influx of young minds with bright ideas.
Together, the two groups have dreamed up a variety of proposals, such as trees, flowers, new sidewalks and tables and chairs outside the Stamp Student Union; “bermas,” or flower beds, outside of Symons Hall; an irrigation garden outside the Clarice Smith Performance Arts Center; and a labyrinth and garden outside the Memorial Chapel.
Read more @ the Source: Diamondbackonline.com – Students pitch in on campus landscape redesign
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Solar arrays, “green” roofs and storm-water management that doubles as civic art and takes place only when it’s raining are among the ideas for improving the environment in the redevelopment of downtown Columbia, a consultant told residents this week.
Town Center could be a “city within a garden,” said Keith Bowers, a landscape architect on General Growth Properties’ design team — a vibrant place that makes use of renewable energy and is built with local materials so that little energy is expended to bring supplies here. Bowers’ ecological restoration design, planning and assessment business is leading the sustainability and environmental component of GGP’s efforts to re-create downtown
Read more @ the Source: baltimoresun.com – Green proposals for downtown Columbia
Architects and design professionals will have the opportunity to drop off outdated and unneeded samples as part of the Boston Sample Drop/Shop to be held May 8th-10th at the Boston Design Center. The event, organized by Burt Hill in association with Herman Miller, greenGoat, and Creative Office Pavilion, is intended to encourage local designers, manufacturers, retailers and the community to join together to exchange resources and divert waste from landfills.
Design firms will drop off separated materials in storage containers on May 8th and 9th from 11:30am-1:30 pm and from 4pm- 7pm at the Boston Design Center Loading Dock. The center is open to the public to shop on May 9th from 4-7pm and May 10th from 9am-4pm. There will be a wide variety of materials available at no cost. Materials will be sorted into the following categories: mixed paper, vinyl, carpet, aggregates, textiles, and miscellaneous. “The purpose of this event is to show designers that there is an alternative to throwing materials out. Both the design community and the greater local community can benefit from recycling materials,” said event organizer and Burt Hill architect Jenna Beltram.
At the end of the event, there will be a barbeque with free food and drinks for all those who participated. The Boston Sample Drop Shop was inspired by the success of the city of Cleveland’s ZeroLandfill Celebration which originated in 2006. For more information, please visit www.greengoat.org/dropshop.