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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

Project Review Discussion: Bartlett Place
Time: November 20, 2017 |  6:15–7:45 pm
Location: Central Boston Elder Services, 2315 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Contact: Dana Whiteside, Dana.Whiteside@Boston.gov or 617.918.4441

Public Meeting: 256 Dorchester Street
Time: November 21, 2017 |  6:30–8:00 pm
Location: Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center, 125 Mercer Street, South Boston, MA 02127
Contact: Raul Duverge, Raul.Duverge@Boston.gov or 617.918.4492

Article 80 / Impact Advisory Group Meeting: 125 Amory Street Development
Time: November 27, 2017 |  6:15–7:45 pm
Location: 125 Amory Street Residences, Community Room, Jamaica Plain, MA 02119
Contact: Dana Whiteside, Dana.Whiteside@Boston.gov or 617.918.4441

Urban Design Workshop: Dudley Square
Time: November 27, 2017 |  5:30–8:00 pm
Location: Central Boston Elder Services, Community Room, 2315 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Contact: Courtney Sharpe, Courtney.Sharpe@Boston.gov or 617.918.4431

Mobility & Connectivity Workshop: Glover's Corner, Dorchester
Time: November 29, 2017 |  5:30–8:00 pm
Location: Local 103 IBEW, 256 Freeport Street, Dorchester, MA 02122
Contact: Viktorija Abolina, Viktorija.Abolina@Boston.gov or 617.918.4312

Project Review Committee Meeting: Tremont Crossing (Parcel P-3)
Time: November 30, 2017 |  6:15–7:45 pm
Location: Central Boston Elder Services, 2315 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Contact: Dana Whiteside, Dana.Whiteside@Boston.gov or 617.918.4441

Article 80 / Impact Advisory Group Meeting: 45 Townsend Street
Time: December 5, 2017 |  6:15–7:45 pm
Location: Trotter Elementary School, 135 Humboldt Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02121
Contact: Dana Whiteside, Dana.Whiteside@Boston.gov or 617.918.4441