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Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure

Exhibition Opening:
June 25, 2013
Exhibition Closing:
September 29, 2013

Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure

"Cities are inherently nostalgic places but, as "Reprogramming the City" demonstrates, they're inherently optimistic places, too." – Brainiac, Boston Globe

"Boston Society of Architects' exhibit highlights innovative reuses of urban infrastructures" –

"Urban Renewal Projects Could Give the City a New Look" – Boston Magazine 

Click here to listen to the exhibition audio guide, narrated by the curator.

This exhibition is a global overview of ways in which the existing infrastructure of cities around the world is being redesigned, repurposed, and reimagined to serve alternate and expanded functions for urban dwellers and visitors. Reprogramming the City celebrates more than 20 examples of imaginative reuse and repurposing of urban infrastructure, from physical objects to the city’s most functional systems and surfaces. Cities represented include London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Boston.

Curated and designed by renowned urban design director Scott Burnham, Reprogramming the City reveals the city as a creative platform for new approaches to urban design.

The exhibition, which spans an array of disciplines including architecture, design, engineering, and urban planning, is a media-rich global overview of this new spirit of resourcefulness in urban design featuring numerous installations, videos, photographs, renderings, and models.

Scott Burnham was interviewed by Jim Braude and Margery Eagan during the Boston Public Radio program (89.7 FM WGBH) on Wednesday July 24. Listen.

Video: Behind the Scenes of Reprogramming the City
Video: Vox pops (See what our visitors are saying about the exhibition.)

Special thanks to the Boston Transportation Department, Tony Lobo, Rich Dalton, Jim Flynn, and Bert Sousa.

Reprogramming the City is the latest example of Scott Burnham's extensive work pioneering new approaches towards design and the city. In 2011 Scott Burnham wrote a four-part series for the BSA contemplating "The Resourceful City"; we are reposting the articles here to offer an insight into his early ideas on the topic which eventually materialized into the current BSA Space exhibition:
Part one
Part two
Part three
Part four