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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.

Upcoming Events

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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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 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...
September 22, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
New Trends in Chinese Urbanism The last two plus decades have generated vast new cityscapes in China as its economy has undergone explosive growth....
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