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FUTURES: EXPO BOSTON ’76

Exhibition Opening:
April 16, 2012
Exhibition Closing:
May 31, 2012

FUTURES: EXPO BOSTON ’76

As part of the ongoing exhibition IN FORM, BSA Space presents a visionary moment from Boston’s past that projected a radical urban future: an $800 million megastructure designed to host a World’s Exposition in 1976. Seeking to address urgent problems of density and inequality in U.S. cities, architect Jan Wampler and a team of young designers proposed an exposition site that would act as a full-scale laboratory to test solutions for expanding coastal cities, on a dense matrix of floating platforms extending into Boston Harbor.

Ultimately sabotaged by provincialism and politics, Expo Boston ’76 proposed a bold vision of what the city could become. A documentary timeline of its history, now on display at BSA Space, presents its ambitious scope and near realization as a powerful model for how architects and planners in Boston today can speculate on alternative futures for the city.

This exhibition is sponsored by Cambridge Seven Associates.

Exhibit curated and designed by Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik of over,under.

Sponsor:
Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.

Designer and curator:
Over,Under