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“Hi.” This simple greeting welcomed people to the often over- looked edges of Boston’s South End, inviting them to look again at a place they might otherwise pass by. These cast concrete letters were a temporary public art installation deployed during this year’s Common Boston festival in June.

Common Boston — an annual 10-day celebration of architecture, design, and community — focuses on different “common points” every year. This year’s festival explored Downtown, Mattapan, the Emerald Necklace, and the South End.


Hi. An installation by Kathi McFarland Bahr, Rosie Weinberg, and Natalie Zanecchia for Common Boston 2012. Photo by Mary Hale. Hi. An installation by Kathi McFarland Bahr, Rosie Weinberg, and Natalie Zanecchia for Common Boston 2012. Photo by Mary Hale. Hi. An installation by Kathi McFarland Bahr, Rosie Weinberg, and Natalie Zanecchia for Common Boston 2012. Photo by Mary Hale. Hi. An installation by Kathi McFarland Bahr, Rosie Weinberg, and Natalie Zanecchia for Common Boston 2012. Photo by Mary Hale.
Hi. An installation by Kathi McFarland Bahr, Rosie Weinberg, and Natalie Zanecchia for Common Boston 2012. Photo by Mary Hale. Hi. An installation by Kathi McFarland Bahr, Rosie Weinberg, and Natalie Zanecchia for Common Boston 2012. Photo by Mary Hale. Hi. An installation by Kathi McFarland Bahr, Rosie Weinberg, and Natalie Zanecchia for Common Boston 2012. Photo by Mary Hale. Hi. An installation by Kathi McFarland Bahr, Rosie Weinberg, and Natalie Zanecchia for Common Boston 2012. Photo by Mary Hale.
Hi. An installation by Kathi McFarland Bahr, Rosie Weinberg, and Natalie Zanecchia for Common Boston 2012. Photo by Mary Hale.      

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What can you do in 72 hours? Common Build is a special activity of Common Boston that “challenges participants to design and construct a project in response to real community needs in just under three days,” while also commenting on the overall theme of this year’s Common Boston (“Off the Grid”). This year’s site – revealed for the first time at the start of the 72 hours – was the Fenway Victory Gardens, the nation’s oldest, continuously active community garden. The following images show the completed designs.


Submission to Common Build 2012. Project summary.  Design and construction by Arckhitektons.  Images courtesy Common Boston. Submission to Common Build 2012. Detail.  Design and construction by Arckhitektons.  Images courtesy Common Boston. Submission to Common Build 2012. Project summary.  Design and construction by Studio G-Force.  Images courtesy Common Boston. Submission to Common Build 2012. Detail.  Design and construction by Studio G-Force.  Images courtesy Common Boston.
Submission to Common Build 2012. Project summary.  Design and construction by Common WIT.  Images courtesy Common Boston. Submission to Common Build 2012. Detail.  Design and construction by Common WIT.  Images courtesy Common Boston. Submission to Common Build 2012. Project summary.  Design and construction by Team Gensler.  Images courtesy Common Boston. Submission to Common Build 2012. Detail.  Design and construction by Team Gensler.  Images courtesy Common Boston.
Submission to Common Build 2012. Project summary.  Design and construction by Neighbors.  Images courtesy Common Boston. Submission to Common Build 2012. Detail.  Design and construction by Neighbors.  Images courtesy Common Boston. Submission to Common Build 2012. Project summary.  Design and construction by The Living Machine.  Images courtesy Common Boston. Submission to Common Build 2012. Detail.  Design and construction by The Living Machine.  Images courtesy Common Boston.

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