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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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

Harvard GSD establishes Office for Urbanization to tackle social conditions through research

Dean's List, East, News
Thursday, November 12, 2015
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Miami Beach, the Design Office for Urbanization's first study (Courtesy Martin Pilát / Flickr)

Miami Beach, the Design Office for Urbanization’s first study (Courtesy Martin Pilát / Flickr)

On November 6, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) launched the Design Office for Urbanization, a program that will draw on resources from the school’s three departments to address the “social conditions associated with contemporary urbanization” through applied design research projects.

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How Ada Louise Huxtable Saved Salem: Symposium marks the 50th anniversary of urban-renewal critique

Architecture, East, Preservation
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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Old Town Hall, Salem, Massachusetts, 1816.

Old Town Hall, Salem, Massachusetts, 1816. (Great Island Design)

On October 13, 1965, the New York Times ran a piece of architecture criticism on its front page, above the fold, spanning five out of seven columns. The writer was Ada Louise Huxtable, and the topic was the looming decimation of downtown Salem, Massachusetts—near Huxtable’s summer home in Marblehead. “Urban Renewal Threatens Historic Buildings in Salem, Mass.,” read the headline. “Foes Fear Plans Will Mar Old New England Heritage.” Those were the dark years between the demolition of New York’s Penn Station in 1963 and passage of the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966.

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This Boston architecture firm believes virtual reality could create a revolution in architectural rendering and model making

Architecture, International, Technology
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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User wearing the Oculus goggles. (Courtesy Global Panorama / Flickr

User wearing the Oculus goggles. (Courtesy Global Panorama / Flickr)

Showing off buildings may be a task that is no longer constrained to simple two dimensional paper or the slick rendering. Virtual Reality is quickly approaching mainstream and architecture firm Tsoi/Kobus & Associates is already taking advantage of the emerging technology.

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KVA Brings Digital Brick to Harvard

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As part of an extensive renovation, Kennedy & Violich Architecture re-skinned Tozzer Library in a high performance brick, glass, and copper envelope. (John Horner Photography)

As part of an extensive renovation, Kennedy & Violich Architecture re-skinned Tozzer Library in a high performance brick, glass, and copper envelope. (John Horner Photography)

Old and new technologies combine in renovated anthropology building.

Tasked with transforming Harvard‘s 1971 Tozzer Library into a new home for the university’s Anthropology Department, Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA) faced a unique set of challenges. Read More

Gluckman Mayner reportedly designing new Global Contemporary Collection & Museum in the Berkshires

Architecture, Art, East, News
Friday, August 14, 2015
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An early rendering of the proposed expansion. (Montage by AN)

An early rendering of the proposed museum. (Montage by AN)

The beautiful rolling landscape of Northwestern Massachusetts has been the home to important academic institutions for over 100 years. But in the past thirty years it has also become the home of major art museums, including Williams College Museum of Art, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), and, just down the road, the Clark Art Institute.

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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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Ennead unveils $200 million expansion plan for Peabody Essex Museum

PEM's planned expansion. (Courtesy Ennead)

PEM’s planned expansion. (Courtesy PEM)

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts has unveiled its Ennead Architects–designed expansion that it will build as part of a $650 million “Advancement Campaign.” Along with $200 million for new facilities, the campaign allocates $350 toward its endowment, and $100 million to improve existing infrastructure on the museum’s campus.

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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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