Design + the Resilient City

This studio explored sustainable urbanism in the Boston region by investigating the potential impacts of sea level rise on open space systems, built form, transportation networks, and regional economic forces. Building on group research and analysis exercises, students generated individual design-research projects around the themes of proactive and resilient built environments. Research and design proposals […]

Retail Medical Clinics

Innovation in Urban Health Care / Matthew Littell (plus experts from Gensler, Partners Healthcare, and CVS) Building on the inaugural Healthcare Innovation design studio in 2013-14, the School of Architecture is continuing in its multi-year project around research and invention in how and where Americans receive their healthcare services in the new era of near universal coverage. […]

The Dynamic Highrise

High-rise Studio: How Tall Buildings Meet the Ground / Carlos Zapata, with Dan Belknap The 2014-15 High-rise Studio focuses on the way that tall buildings meet the ground, with “ground” understood a) as a place for structural support, b) as a natural or built surface that visually complements the building, c) as the enclosure of services and […]


Industrialized Housing Delivery Ecologies / Ivan Rupnik

For much of the last century architects have ‘dreamed of a factory made home’, designed according to their specifications. Meanwhile the building industry has industrialized according to its own logics, with nearly 25% of all residential construction in the US being classified as ‘modular’ or ‘prefabricated’. Using a series of case studies, this studio mapped out the logics of contemporary industrialized housing delivery. We shifted scale from the individual building component to what we  call the industrial ecology, a network of material flows and transportation systems that more clearly define the contemporary housing delivery landscape. We studied a number of manufacturers, including Simplex and Kullman, a series of existing systems including Connect Homes, the Modern Modular and Hive Homes, as well as the Modular code. Students were introduced to a new set of graphic projection and project management tools used by all industries. The research process included field trips to factories and building sites.

Beacon Yards: De Novo Urbanism

The Beacon Yards: De Novo Urbanism Research Studio focused on the urban design issues raised by MassDOT’s proposal for the redesign of the Allston/Cambridge interchange of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston. After studying the complexities surrounding the site, ten graduate students worked with Tim Love to produce a comprehensive master plan for land owned by […]

Emerging Modes of Architecture Practice

Firms are reframing the value proposition of architecture by developing new, more entrepreneurial practice models that allow for more impact, more of a role in decision making and greater financial stability.

Resilient Coastal Leisure Environments

Building upon the previous semester’s research, a new team of graduate students has delved further into resilient coastal leisure environment strategies, utilizing two sites as case studies.