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Civic engagement

​The BSA and the BSA Foundation support initiatives that employ design ideas in ways that positively affect individuals, communities, and entire city systems.

Excellent design elevates people’s quality of life.

The livability of our cities and towns, and the well-being of our communities and neighborhoods can be defined in large part by the success or failure of design. Transit, coastal and climate resilience, health and safety, as well as a public realm that promotes economic vitality and social equity are just a few of our shared resources that are directly influenced by design. BSA members and Foundation volunteers bring together residents, elected officials, students, academics, and community activists to identify and solve real-world problems for the people of Greater Boston. Read about a few of these initiatives below.

Program spotlight

Fulfilling the Promise: Community Building and the Emerald Necklace

March 29–May 10
The Emerald Necklace, a park system created by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted more than 100 years ago, envisioned that Columbia Road would be the green boulevard connecting the parks to the Boston Harbor. Read more



Climate Resilient Boston

The evening will begin with presentations on the Climate Ready Boston and 100 Resilient Cities initiatives, followed by a focused, participatory session with the organizers of the Boston Living with Water competition…

Civic and community vision

Volunteer design professionals assist communities, developers, and city agents in the envisioning of placemaking opportunities related to large redevelopment sites such as Beacon Yards and Suffolk Downs…


Coastal / Climate Resilience

Volunteers and design students embark on a series of initiatives designed to assist that coastal community in its own efforts to prepare for climate change and sea level rise…

Healthy Cities

Volunteer designers go directly into the communities to help residents promote their own visions of safe, healthy public spaces such as vegetable gardens and play spaces…


Housing and Affordability

An urban design workshop focused on the Dorchester Avenue corridor and two public forums explore ways to promote more expansive and innovative thinking about urban workforce housing…

Mobility and transportation

A year-long exploration of best practices in new transit initiatives featuring city and thought leaders from around the globe…


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