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Suffolk Downs Urban Design Workshop Kickoff Panel Discussion

February 29, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: Free and open to the public
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Suffolk Downs Urban Design Workshop Kickoff Panel Discussion

The Suffolk Downs Urban Design Workshop is the third in an ongoing series of Urban Design Workshops organized by the BSA Foundation. The workshops’ overall goal is to open up dialogue and stimulate thinking about the design potential of places with particularly significant and compelling opportunities. 

The evening will include an introduction to the scope of and goals for the workshop, followed by a lively panel discussion. Suffolk Downs represents an opportunity to create a forward-looking 21st-century neighborhood that is equitable, diverse, environmentally aware, and in tune with shifting development trends. 

Renée Loth, editor of ArchitectureBoston magazine

Wendi Goldsmith, president and founder, Center for Urban Watershed Renewal
John Tad Read, senior deputy director for planning, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Steven G. Cecil AIA, founding principal, The Cecil Group, Inc.
Richard Dimino, president & CEO, A Better City

This workshop will challenge interdisciplinary design teams of architects, landscape architects, and urban designers—led by David Gamble AIA of Gamble Associates, Shauna Gillies-Smith of Ground Inc., Isabel Zempel and Nina Chase of Sasaki Associates, and Paul Lukez FAIA of Paul Lukez Architecture—to develop a collection of ideas for the area between Route 1A and the Blue Line T stations that are mindful of equity, environmental, development, and community considerations. We hope, too, that the workshop participants will benefit and learn from some of the substantial thinking already under way in the surrounding communities.

Design teams will present their ideas on Thursday, March 3 at the Suffolk Downs Urban Design Workshop Concept Presentations.

Prior Urban Design Workshops have focused attention on Beacon Yards and high-density housing along Dorchester Avenue in Boston. All follow a similar format of a public panel discussion, professional team charrettes, and public presentation of the teams’ ideas.

For more information about the events, contact Gretchen Schneider Rabinkin AIA, civic design director, at

The BSA Urban Design Workshops are supported by the BSA Foundation.

For those who qualify, 2.0 LUs are available

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