The BSA and the BSA Foundation have launched the Urban Design Workshops program to engage local architects in early stage thinking about major urban design initiatives. The workshops provide a valuable resource to public agencies and major property owners by providing big-picture design thinking to support larger planning and public outreach processes. Modeled on programs such as the National Endowment for the Arts Mayors’ Institute on City Design, Urban Land Institute SWAT team workshops, and the AIA’s RUDAT program, the BSA Urban Design Workshops (UDW) will pull together professional experts to provide a holistic design-focused look at a particular urban area.
The workshop challenged 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
The overall goal of this workshop was to promote more expansive and innovative thinking about urban workforce housing. The site focuses on the Dorchester Avenue corridor between the Broadway and Andrews MBTA Red Line stops. Four design teams each proposed innovative workforce housing on adjacent parcels.
Two interdisciplinary teams, composed of designers from various firms and disciplines and led by Alex Krieger of NBBJ and Kishore Varanasi of CBT Architects, produced draft comprehensive plans for the Beacon Yards site fully leveraging city building opportunities of the proposed interchange realignment.