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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
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

October 15, 2017 | 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Contemporary and Temporary: Creative Placemaking and Tactical Urbanism

We are in the midst of a public art paradigm shift. As most cities struggle to afford investment in monumental public art and new high quality public realm designs, public spaces are missing the vital programs that aid in full activation potential. How then do planners, architects, artists in collaboration with community members, cities, private entities and grassroots organizations work together to transform these spaces through "creative placemaking.” Hear from a group of diverse panelists on their perspectives on activating public spaces in and around Boston. 

Moderator: Christina Lanzl, Director, Urban Culture Institute
Panelists: Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston; Christine Dunn, Chair of Arts & Culture, Sasaki; David Nagahiro, CBT, Master Planner “The HUB”; Janet Echelman, Artist, Chris Janney, Artist 

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July 20, 2017 | 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  Boston’s Seaport District: The Next Chapter Boston’s Seaport District is quickly building out after years of planning,...
May 24, 2017 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Housing Changing Cities: Toward more inclusive, intensive and connected neighborhoods in Boston and Cambridge Adding mixed-income housing is vital to...
April 20, 2017 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
(LA) Architecture that's Built to Heal: Promoting justice, ecology and human dignity A distinguished panel, moderated by ‎Jennifer Hrabchak...
October 27, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
In 2000, Dutch architectural critic and author Hans Ibelings wrote about Dutch Architecture, and Urbanism and its ability to design, create and...
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