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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

February 21, 2019 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
CultureHouse: Bringing Pop-Up Social Infrastructure to Boston Please join us to learn about new ways to engage with the community and listen to Aaron...
January 24, 2019 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Challenges for the Future of Our Cities in 3000 Seconds Join the Urban Design Committee for our 2019 inaugural event with 3,000 seconds of fast-...
October 25, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Boston's Growing Neighborhood Gardens Discover how the Boston Food Forest Coalition works with neighborhood residents and the City of Boston to...
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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