Destruction of brutalist buildings shown at Boston photography exhibition

The razing of notable brutalist buildings from the 1960s and 1970s, including work by architects Paul Rudolph and Alison and Peter Smithson, is the subject of a photography exhibition at a Boston art gallery. The Brutal Destruction show is on view at the Pinkcomma art gallery in the city’s South End district. Running until 3

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Smart city planned for former US Navy airfield near Boston

Architecture firms Elkus Manfredi and Sasaki have unveiled a masterplan to transform a parcel of land south of Boston into a smart city, the latest in a string to be announced for North America. Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects and Sasaki Associates have masterplanned an entire new city for a site located 12 miles south of

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Boston responds to climate change with elevated parks and flood barriers

Boston has launched a plan to prevent flooding in its most vulnerable waterfront neighbourhoods, becoming the latest US city to respond to the threat of rising sea levels. Released last week, the coastal Massachusetts city’s climate change plan outlines strategies to protect the neighbourhoods of East Boston and Charlestown from an increased likelihood of flooding.

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Toshiko Mori and Maya Lin create buildings for Boston pharmaceutical campus

Architects Toshiko Mori, Maya Lin and CannonDesign teamed up to design this new research complex for Swiss drug company Novartis, located in the Boston area. The complex, called the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, is located on a busy street in Cambridge, near the campus for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Encompassing more than 800,000 square feet (74,322 square

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OMA reveals designs for severed block on Boston’s waterfront

A huge slice filled with terraces and trees will be cut through the centre of OMA’s 88 Seaport development in Boston – the firm’s first project in the city. Dutch studio OMA designed the 18-storey building, featuring a mix of offices and shops, for the Boston Seaport – a “dynamic and vibrant” area of the city undergoing renovation. Called 88 Seaport,

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Arquitectonica’s Pierce Boston tower to feature apartments aimed at young tech entrepreneurs

Sales have officially launched for apartments inside this skyscraper in Boston by New York firm Arquitectonica, amid a “boom” in the city’s luxury condo market created by its growing tech scene (+ slideshow). The Pierce Boston residential tower is currently under construction in Boston’s Fenway neighbourhood. Set to rise 30 storeys to 340 feet (104 More

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Merge Architects clads compact Massachusetts home in weathering steel

US studio Merge Architects has completed a family home in the Boston area with facades clad in pre-rusted steel and interior spaces that overlook slot gardens (+ slideshow). Called Grow Box, the two-storey residence is located in Lexington, Massachusetts — a small, wealthy city in the Boston area. It was designed for an MIT professor, his More

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Harvard students create tiny vacation houses for stressed-out city dwellers

Graduate students from Harvard University have launched a company that designs, builds and rents out wilderness micro cabins to urban residents “looking to escape the digital grind and test drive tiny-house living” (+ slideshow). The company, called Getaway, is based within the Harvard Innovation Lab – a multidisciplinary program that supports entrepreneurship and innovation. The More

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Dancers perform vertical routine across Boston building facade

Performers from experimental dance company Bandaloop leap, flip and spin across the glass facade of a 17-storey tower at Boston’s Fan Pier in this choreographed acrobatic act (+ movie). The aerial performance took place to celebrate the opening of 100 Northern Avenue – a 534,000-square-foot office building (49,600 square metres) on the city’s waterfront. Suspended More

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SAS Designbuild combines two facade styles for an urban Boston home

American studio SAS Designbuild has completed a family dwelling in a historic Boston neighbourhood that reads as two separate homes due to its unusual facade treatment. Called Taylor Street House, the 4,200-square-foot (390-square-metre) dwelling is located in Boson’s South End neighbourhood, which is known for its Victorian architecture and numerous parks. The urban home – More

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Boston architecture students complain about “unacceptable” studio space

Architecture students at Boston’s Northeastern University are petitioning for improved studio space, alleging their current working conditions are unsanitary, unsafe, cold and cramped. Their grievances were outlined in a letter published last week in the independent student newspaper, The Huntington News. The letter was addressed to university president Joseph Aoun, and was signed by the More

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Roxbury E+ townhouses in Boston designed to produce more energy than they use

Solar panels cover the rooftops of these four townhouses in Boston by local firm ISA, allowing them to sustainably produce more energy and hot water than their occupants are likely to use (+ slideshow). Boston-based ISA won a competition organised by the city council to design the row of three-storey townhouses for a vacant plot in the Roxbury neighbourhood. The […]

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Mecanoo’s first US project incorporates historic facades into Boston civic building

Dutch firm Mecanoo has completed its first project in the United States: an asymmetrical, brick-clad municipal building in a historic neighbourhood in Boston (+ slideshow). The Bruce C Bolling Municipal Building was designed in collaboration with Sasaki Associates, a US-based, multidisciplinary practice. Located on a triangular site in the heart of the Roxbury neighbourhood, the […]

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Renzo Piano reconfigures Harvard Art Museums around a grand courtyard atrium

Italian architect Renzo Piano has upgraded the facilities of the Harvard Art Museums in Boston, Massachusetts, by adding a new gallery wing and transforming a former courtyard into a top-lit atrium (+ slideshow). Renzo Piano Building Workshop has increased gallery space by 40 per cent in the three buildings that make up the Harvard Art Museum […]

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