Architect turns littered underpass into thriving green space


By Molly Callahan | News@Northeastern

One of the first things you notice about the green space Dan Adams designed in the heart of the city is how peaceful it is. And solitude is hardly a given for a space situated in Boston’s Ink Block community, nestled under a web of Interstate 93 on- and off-ramps, neighboring train track junctures, and a waterway.

Adams, associate professor of architecture and interim director of Northeastern’s School of Architecture, worked with a team of Northeastern graduates already hired at his local firm, Landing Studio, to tackle a formidable challenge: turning a litter-strewn, fenced-in, abandoned plot of land underneath one of Boston’s busiest freeways into a space that people will want to use. And doing it in a way that will be beneficial to the environment around it.

The project emerged a few years ago, when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation began to build parking lots under highway overpasses as a way to utilize the space and generate some income for the state. “Then the question became, ‘But what else?’” Adams explained. So, in 2013, MassDOT contacted Landing Studio to answer that question.

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Published On: October 24, 2017 |
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