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The BSA Urban Design Committee explores big ideas about cities. Planning, transit, landscape, policy and design are common themes of regular lectures, panels and discussions.

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Committee Chairs
Seth Riseman Assoc. AIA / sriseman@handelarchitects.com
Isabel Zempel / izempel@sasaki.com
Ben Carlson AIA / ben.carlson@goodyclancy.com
The Urban Design Committee is part of the Urban Design Commission.

Updates

Do you have a dream for your community? Maybe it’s bike lanes, or a better transit system, or more outdoor cafes....
A panel discussion, moderated by Marty Jones, CEO of MassDevelopment.   Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:30 pm BSA Space,...
The BSA is launching a new program designed to engage local architects in early stage thinking about major urban design...
  Open Source Urbanism Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 6:30 pm at BSA Space Advances in place-based technologies promise to...
Joan Busquets BSA Space Thursday, May 8th, 2014 6:30 pm   Joan Busquets is Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and...
Helen Lochhead Thursday, April 17th at 6:30pm BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston   In the wake of Hurricane Sandy...
Featuring: Steve Miller, Trustees Collaborative for Boston Parks / Livable Streets Matt Kiefer, Trustees Collaborative for...
Kent Larson will be speaking at the BSA on March 6, 2014, as part of the UD Committee's 2014 lecture series. Kent...
                  Somervision: What makes a City Hip THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 6:...
Get urban—fast! Join the BSA’s Urban Design Committee for a holiday Pecha Kucha-inspired celebration. Twelve...

Past Events

July 26, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Beyond Diversity: Meaningful participation and leadership for professionals of color There's a lingering disconnect between the phrase, "...
June 27, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Abir Ali and Norman Teague have invented design practices that radically depart from the design establishment. They work on their own terms by eschewing traditional distinctions between professional practice and social justice, art-making, and urban development. They forge new paradigms for what design can mean and do. Driven by a sense of mission and agnostic of scale, they are as facile at making beautiful objects as equitable cities.

Join Norman and Abir for a freewheeling, candid, and occasionally foul-mouthed conversation about their work in and outside of disciplinary design—and the ways in which nontraditional practices can influence the design conversation in Boston. Focusing on issues of access and equity in the public realm, the conversation will also feature Isabel Zempel, principal at Sasaki; Stephen Gray Assoc. AIA, Associate Professor at Harvard GSD; and Philip Barash, Fellow at The Boston Foundation.

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June 5, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Designing for Streetscape Vitality – Learnings from Europe

Cities worldwide are experiencing opportunities and constraints that accompany unprecedented growth. In order to design neighborhoods and districts that are vibrant, attractive destinations, Henning Larsen’s Design Principal and Partner, Louis Becker Intertional Assoc. AIA, will make the proposition that the spaces in between buildings hold the key to creating livable cities. Framing the challenge of activating streetscape vitality within the context of climate change, Louis Becker will take the audience through a series of cases from Europe, which showcase Henning Larsen’s distinct approach to achieving livability with a human-centered focus at different scales; from large-scale waterfront developments to urban blocks, where integration of cultural attractors, offices, learning institutions, and housing are woven together within the framework of a thoughtful urban fabric. Louis Becker will demonstrate how activating the public realm, inspiring outdoor activities, and mixing functions contribute to boosting streetscape vitality. By informing urban designs based on site and cultural contexts, accessibility, and microclimates—and within the framework of poignant urban planning and development incentives—we are able to design cities that thrive, now and in the future.

Louis Becker International Assoc. AIA, RIBA, Hon. FRIAS) serves as Henning Larsen’s Design Principal and Partner. With nearly three decades in practice, the scope of his experience spans from the design of cultural icons to city districts, with a particular focus on new buildings and urban place-making. Louis oversees Henning Larsen’s international activities with a focus on the firm’s North American projects. In 2011, Louis was awarded the Eckersberg Medal by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts for his contribution to the field of architecture and international achievements.

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May 3, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Autonomous Vehicles + City Streets: Greenways or Gridlock? Continuing the theme of our March session, we will broaden the conversation in several...
March 15, 2018 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Autonomous Vehicles: Who's driving the future of urban places? Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technology is advancing rapidly, with test applications...
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