CITY OF BOSTON
The School of Architecture has been working with the City of Boston for many years. The School has produced research on Live/ Work Spaces in conjunction with the Boston Redevelopment Authority; Air-Rights Development with the Department of Transportation; and Public Housing.
MAYOR’S INSTITUTE/ NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the School of Architecture hosted eight mayors of small post-industrial cities in New England to provide design guidance and expertise on addressing the challenges common to them.
NORTHEAST COASTAL CITIES
The School ran a graduate design studio entitled Flood Plain Urbanism, in which students took on the most common kinds of challenges faced when building on the coast of New England in the face of rising oceans.
PUBLIC PROCESS: BOSTON & BERLIN
George Thrush, Director of the School of Architecture, has hosted two major conferences on the rising importance of public review and public process in evaluating new proposals in dense cities. Conferences were held in both Boston and Berlin, in which the differences between the environments in those cities were highlighted, and best practices revealed.
Under the leadership of Ivan Rupnik, the School of Architecture has joined with the Portuguese construction company, NEOCIVIL, and the European Union to re-imagine large swaths of the coastal real estate in those countries to optimize its public benefit.
The challenge of how to balance industrial waterfronts uses like loading and shipping of commodities like oil, gas, and salt has long perplexed city planners. School of Architecture faculty member Dan Adams has been working with industry to create places that satisfy both industrial and neighborhood recreational needs.