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Mayor Walsh: Preparing Boston for Climate Change

Mayor Walsh: Preparing Boston for Climate Change

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh addresses a consortium of area leaders at ABX 2014. Walsh discusses the city's current initiatives to mitigate the risks associated climate change and introduces the BSA--sponsored Boston Living with Water design competition, which spawned many public forums produced by the BSA Foundation.

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Beacon Yards Urban Design Workshop: First public forum

Two public presentations took place in conjunction with the Beacon Yards Workshop. The first, on September 16, provided an overview of the workshop objectives. The second, on September 18, presented workshop results.

This is a video recording of the first public forum at BSA Space.

Then two interdisciplinary teams, composed of designers from various firms and disciplines and led by Alex Krieger of NBBJ and Kishore Varanasi of CBT Architects, each drafted comprehensive plans for Beacon Yards site that fully leverages the city building opportunities of the proposed interchange realignment. Read the full plans here.

Traffic Advisory Speaker Series, The Future of Transportation: A practical approach

Speaking from the vantage point of someone who reshaped US transportation from multiple perspectives over the past decade—as transportation director in both Chicago and Washington, DC; a senior executive at Zipcar; and a national spokesperson for equity and the environment—Gabe Klein captured the spirit of the Traffic Advisory Speaker Series initiative in the lecture series’ finale, “The Future of Transportation: A practical approach,” on July 17 at BSA Space.

This lecture is part of Traffic Advisory, a component of Overhaul: the 2013-2014 Transportation Series, organized by the Boston Society of Architects, the Boston Foundation for ArchitectureBoston’s Green Ribbon Commission, and the Barr Foundation.

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Traffic Advisory Speaker Series, Bus Rapid Transit: A Global Perspective

The three speakers for last month’s Traffic Advisory series on June 19 at BSA Space literally woke many in the audience to the effectiveness of bus rapid transit (BRT), a relatively lower cost alternative to rail transit that relies on express bus routes. With the exception of the Silver Line that extends from Roxbury to Logan Airport, Boston has invested less in BRT than many cities.

Read a recap from series host David Dixon FAIA.

This lecture is part of Traffic Advisory, a component of Overhaul: the 2013-2014 Transportation Series, organized by the Boston Society of Architects, the Boston Foundation for ArchitectureBoston’s Green Ribbon Commission, and the Barr Foundation.

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Traffic Advisory Speaker Series: From Rome to the North End: Life without driving

May’s speaker, Mayor Ignazio Marino of Rome, Italy, continued the theme of valuable lessons from other cities by reporting on a series of innovative, often controversial, and ultimately successful transportation experiments. Bringing the perspective of another city that places great value on its history, the Mayor added a new argument for reducing automobile dependence not yet heard often in Boston: historic preservation.

 

This lecture is part of Traffic Advisory, a component of Overhaul: the 2013-2014 Transportation Series, organized by the Boston Society of Architects, the Boston Foundation for ArchitectureBoston’s Green Ribbon Commission, and the Barr Foundation.

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Traffic Advisory Speaker Series: City Models/Three Perspectives

Last month Jerry Dobrovolny, Director of Transportation for the City of Vancouver, British Columbia (and former Canadian Football League champion); Harriet Tregoning, HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (and former-Director of the Washington, DC, Office of Planning); and Phillip Washington, General Manager of Denver’s Regional Transportation District talked about how they are linking transportation initiatives to community-building—for new and existing communities alike.

 

This lecture is part of Traffic Advisory, a component of Overhaul: the 2013-2014 Transportation Series, organized by the Boston Society of Architects, the Boston Foundation for ArchitectureBoston’s Green Ribbon Commission, and the Barr Foundation.

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Traffic Advisory Speaker Series: Transit equity

In March, John Powell, professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley and Executive Director of The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Societyemphasized the critical need to design our transportation system to be a more effective as a tool for promoting equity. Right now this system is working in the opposite direction. Building on data that Stephanie Pollack (Dukakis Institute) reported at the first Traffic Advisory lecture, which indicated lower income households are increasingly dependent on—and at the same time isolated from—convenient transit, Professor Powell pointed out that these households are losing their access to jobs, healthcare, and education. 

Traffic Advisory Speaker Series: Transit Equity from BSA on Vimeo.


This lecture is part of Traffic Advisory, a component of Overhaul: the 2013-2014 Transportation Series, organized by the Boston Society of Architects, the Boston Foundation for ArchitectureBoston’s Green Ribbon Commission, and the Barr Foundation.

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Traffic Advisory Speaker Series: Beyond Smart Cities

Ryan Chin, managing director for the City Science Initiative at MIT Media Lab, who has developed numerous technologies, strategies, and designs to address congestion, energy inefficiency, and pollution, outlines new urban vehicle systems while highlighting possibilities for Greater Boston’s space-constrained streets. 

Traffic Advisory Speaker Series: Beyond Smart Cities from BSA on Vimeo.


This lecture is part of Traffic Advisory, a component of Overhaul: the 2013-2014 Transportation Series, organized by the Boston Society of Architects, the Boston Foundation for ArchitectureBoston’s Green Ribbon Commission, and the Barr Foundation.

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Traffic Advisory Speaker Series: Pedestrian and bike systems

Helle Søholt, founding partner and CEO of Gehl Architects and the designer who introduced pedestrian plazas and biking opportunities to New York City's Times Square and throughout Manhattan, suggests a new transportation balance between biking, transit, and cars. 

Traffic Advisory Speaker Series: Pedestrian and Bike Systems from BSA on Vimeo.


This lecture is part of Traffic Advisory, a component of Overhaul: the 2013-2014 Transportation Series, organized by the Boston Society of Architects, the Boston Foundation for ArchitectureBoston’s Green Ribbon Commission, and the Barr Foundation.

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Video: Troubled Waters: A public forum

On January 7, 2014 at BSA Space, Tom Ashbrook, host of WBUR’s “On Point,” moderated a wide-ranging discussion of design and planning solutions to sea-level rise.

Panelists included:

  • Chris Reed ASLA Stoss Landscape Urbanism
  • Hubert Murray FAIA, Partners Healthcare
  • Nina Chase Assoc. ASLA, Sasaki Associates

Introduction by Renée Loth, Editor, ArchitectureBoston.

This event was in association with Coast, the winter 2013 issue of ArchitectureBoston, examining the design challenges of climate change.

BSA: Boston Sustainable Mobility from BSA on Vimeo.

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