The most important part of a building is the first ten vertical feet. This is the portion that makes the street scene where life happens. People rarely look up at buildings; we’re accustomed to paying attention to what’s directly in front of us, but that doesn’t excuse the rest of the building.
New Boston is not as memorable as old Boston. http://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/article/2015/04/28/boston-architecture/ How we built the most mediocre architecture in history, and how we’re going to fix it.
Money, especially big money, can be the enemy of preservation. http://www.archdaily.com/455999/the-ongoing-battle-to-preserve-midcentury-modernism/?utm_source=ArchDaily+List&utm_campaign=bacb13c03b-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5a382da72-bacb13c03b-409659869
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/article/2013/05/28/boston-redevelopment-authority/ In this town, the Boston Redevelopment Authority rules supreme. Accountable only to the mayor, it exerts total control over zoning, planning, and development—an anachronistic concentration of power not found anywhere else in the country.
Historic Richardson Building in Boston is Reborn. http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/real_estate/2013/02/boston-hayden-building-reborn.html?ana=e_bost_real&page=all After being vacant and dilapidated for more than three decades, the 1875 Hayden building at the edge of Boston’s Chinatown has been restored.
Demolition of Neutra’s Cyclorama gets underway. http://www.eveningsun.com/news/ci_22700298/cyclorama-coming-down Heavy machinery rips away part of the administration wing at the Cyclorama building on Friday.
Get a sneak peak as the renovation of H.H. Richardson’s Hayden Building nears completion. http://www.bostonpreservation.org/programs/upcoming-events.html#HaydenBuilding
After a 14-year battle, Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg will be demolished in the coming weeks. http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20130110_Cyclorama_building_at_Gettysburg_will_be_demolished.html A 14-year battle over the fate of a modern structure at the heart of Gettysburg National Military Park is over. The National Park Service said Thursday that it would begin demolishing the Cyclorama…
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680538/what-exactly-is-a-smart-city Having worked in the smart cities space for several years now, I am encouraged by the growth of the sector and the pace of technological advancements being developed for urban environments.
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/12/even-american-drivers-mass-transit-more-they-think/4142/# A quarter of car commuters gave up their parking permits after a recent trial in Boston.