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Why Design Matters

Get involved in design excellence

We are living in a fast-paced profit oriented time. This societal ethos values a skin-deep world where effects are immediate and short lived. Architecture is the opposite of this. It is unmoving and eternal. How can we cope? Perhaps in the elegance of timelessness and beauty in our city.

When we think of the great societies of history, we refer to their architecture. When we talk about the great work of today, we look elsewhere. We see our own architects designing buildings around the world that the world sees as examples of great civilization. The world discusses the great institutions in our area, the cutting edge research and our great medical facilities. It is our collective responsibility to bring our skyline and our buildings into this discussion. We have been there in periods of our history, we must be there again. Read more.

Josiah Stevenson FAIA
Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
2017 BSA President

Advocate for design

On this page is an informative presentation called "Why Design Matters" that explores design principles and offers case studies to projects that are generally considered examples of excellent design. The presentation is illustrated with BSA design award-winning projects. You will also find a list of commissions that have a hand in selecting or reviewing projects in both the public and private sector.

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Presentation Case Studies

Attend Public Meetings

Public Meeting: 610 Rutherford Avenue
Time: September 18, 2018 |  6:00–7:30 pm
Location: Schrafft Center Cafeteria, 529 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129
Contact: Michael Sinatra, Michael.A.Sinatra@Boston.gov or 617.918.4280

Public Meeting: 776 Summer Street, Edison Plant
Time: September 19, 2018 |  6:00–8:00 pm
Location: 650 E 4th Street (Tynan School), Boston, MA 02127
Contact: Tim Czerwienski, Tim.Czerwienski@Boston.gov or 617.918.5303

Public Meeting: 1507 VFW Parkway, Parkway Apartments
Time: September 19, 2018 |  6:30–8:00 pm
Location: Elks Lodge, 248 Spring Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132
Contact: Michael Sinatra, Michael.A.Sinatra@Boston.gov or 617.918.4280

Market Analysis: Maintaining Affordability in Glover’s Corner
Time: September 20, 2018 |  6:00–7:30 pm
Location: IBEW Local 103, 56 Freeport Street #1, Dorchester, MA 02122
Contact: Marie Mercurio, Marie.Mercurio@Boston.gov or 617.918.4352

Public Meeting: 144 Addison Street
Time: September 20, 2018 |  6:00–8:00 pm
Location: BCYF Pino Community Center, 86 Boardman Street, East Boston, MA 02128
Contact: Raul Duverge, Raul.Duverge@Boston.gov or 617.918.4492

Harvard Allston Task Force Meeting
Time: September 24, 2018 |  6:00–8:00 pm
Location: Josephine Fiorentino Community Center, Charlesview, 123 Antwerp Street, Allston, MA 02134
Contact: Gerald Autler, Gerald.Autler@Boston.gov or 617.918.4438

Impact Advisory Group Meeting: 1507 VFW Parkway (Parkway Apartments)
Time: September 24, 2018 |  6:30–8:00 pm
Location: Elks Lodge, 248 Spring Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132
Contact: Michael Sinatra, Michael.A.Sinatra@Boston.gov or 617.918.4280

Open House & IPOD Information Session: East Boston
Time: September 25, 2018 |  6:00–7:30 pm
Location: Mario Umana Academy, Gymnasium, 312 Border Street, East Boston, MA 02128
Contact: Kristina Ricco, Kristina.Ricco@Boston.gov or 617.918.4238

Public Meeting: 36-70 Sprague Street
Time: October 1, 2018 |  6:30–8:00 pm
Location: Blue Hills Collaborative, 20 Como Road, Hyde Park, MA 02136
Contact: Lance Campbell, Lance.Campbell@Boston.gov or 617.918.4311