Hopkins Architects moves forward with revamp of Sert’s Holyoke Center at Harvard

Light filling the interior study spaces (Courtesy Hopkins Architects)

Light filling the interior study spaces (Courtesy Hopkins Architects)

British firm Hopkins Architects (formerly Michael Hopkins & Partners) has been granted planning permission from local authorities to build the new Smith Campus Center for Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Benjamin Prosky Named Executive Director of AIA New York

East, Shft+Alt+Del
Thursday, November 19, 2015
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(Courtesy Architizer)

(Courtesy Architizer)

The AIA New York has named Architizer co-founder and minority owner Benjamin Prosky as its new Executive Director. He will step away from his role as Assistant Dean for Communications at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). Prosky has been overseeing events, publications, multimedia content and special projects since 2011. He will begin his duties at the AIA in early 2016.

“It is a tremendous honor to serve as Executive Director of the AIANY and the Center for Architecture,” Prosky said in a statement. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to expand the scope of both organizations—I look forward to engaging with the professional architects who are the backbone of the constituency, and also cultivating the broader public which, in the context of New York, recognizes the profound impact that design and the built environment have on the vitality of the city and all aspects of our lives.”

Here’s the plan to turn Boston’s Fenway Park into an enormous wintertime ski jump

City Terrain, East
Friday, November 13, 2015
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(Image via boston.redsox.mlb.com)

(Courtesy Boston Red Sox)

Architects designing ski jumps is one of our favorite typologies, as the megastructure meets the athletic show to produce some of the most Nike-swoosh-like structures out there. Boston is going to get a new mutation of the type when a huge, 140-foot ski jump will be installed on the baseball field, in the shadow of The Green Monster. Actually, it will tower over the Green Monster by 100 feet, as well as the entire structure of Fenway. We have seen all kinds of things on fields, like Bon Jovi concerts and Monster truck rallies, but the huge snow-covered structure is one of our favorites. What is yours?

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Harvard experiments with new science and engineering facilities designed by Behnisch Architekten

Architecture, East, News, Unveiled
Friday, November 13, 2015
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(Courtesy Behnisch Architekten)

(Courtesy Behnisch Architekten)

Harvard University has submitted plans by Behnisch Architekten with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for a six story, 500,000-square-foot science and engineering complex on its Allston campus. Read More

Boston considers supply-and-demand logic to price parking in prime areas

Congestion has always been an issue in Boston: traffic on the Harvard Bridge, 1923 (Courtesy Boston Public Library)

Congestion has always been an issue in Boston: traffic on the Harvard Bridge, 1923 (Courtesy Boston Public Library)

Boston-area drivers spend too much time stuck in traffic. To combat congestion in the city center, Boston city officials may follow San Francisco’s move to improve traffic flow by charging more for parking at peak times.

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The White House is up for auction—or at least an old piece of it

East, Preservation
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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Where the plinth was used. (Courtesy RRAuction)

Room where the plinth was used. (Courtesy RRAuction)

Here’s your chance to own a piece—a very small piece—of the actual White House. No large lobbyist pockets required. A relic from the presidential mansion will go up for auction at a live event later this month. The piece is an architectural ornament from the main hall of 1817 that President Madison rebuild after an 1814 fire.

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Four Boston design firms fill the Rose Kennedy Greenway with art at the intersection of architecture

(Courtesy Design Biennial Boston)

Marginal by Landing Studio. (Courtesy Design Biennial Boston)

Through September 25th, emerging architects and designers are being celebrated in Boston’s 4th Design Biennial. The program features installations, created by four, jury-chosen design firms, exhibited along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy.

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As Boston continues to ponder its Brutalist city hall, professor suggests covering the behemoth with a glass veil

(Courtesy HARRY BARTNICK)

(Courtesy HARRY BARTNICK)

Like so many Brutalist buildings around the word, Boston’s iconic City Hall has not necessarily endeared itself to the public. Since it opened in the 1960s, there have been calls to update the building, completely overhaul it, and to demolish it outright and start over. There have, of course, also been calls to preserve it.

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A young developer hopes to shake up the Boston development scene with this 38-foot-wide, 30-story tower

Architecture, Development, East
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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(Rafi Properties & Stantec)

(Rafi Properties & Stantec)

Rafi Properties is not your typical millennial-led startup. It’s not peddling some iPhone app or trying to become the Uber of [insert industry here]. Instead, Rafi is attempting to build a 30-story residential tower in Boston‘s Downtown Crossing. No small undertaking.

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The United States Olympic Committee drops Boston’s bid to host 2024 games

Development, East, News
Monday, July 27, 2015
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(Courtesy Boston2024)

(Courtesy Boston2024)

Boston‘s plans to build the most walkable Olympic Games in history will not come to fruition. On Monday, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and Boston 2024 jointly announced that they were dropping the city’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Boston’s ICA looking to expand out from its Diller Scofidio + Renfro home

Architecture, Art, East
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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ICA Boston. (Flickr / Alun K. Wu)

ICA Boston. (Flickr / Alun K. Wu)

Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is apparently getting a little too big for its Diller Scofidio + Renfro–designed home along the Boston Harbor.

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Inflatable medallion by landscape architect Ken Smith deters evil spirits from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

(Courtesy Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)

(Courtesy Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)

An unmissable flower-power medallion on a gold chain now fronts the otherwise plain-though-historic facade of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum facing the Boston Fens. Featuring a whorl of psychedelic colors spiraling dizzyingly, the pop art–style inflatable installation riffs on the museum’s large wheel window, which forms a transect line between the museum and the installation.

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