Free and open to the public
As restaurants began to open for outdoor dining during COVID-19, the design community stepped up to lend a hand. Local municipalities relaxed permitting requirements and expanded the public realm to allow restaurants to safely accommodate diners. Designers thought creatively with their clients about how to create spaces that were safe and still a special experience at the same time. The BSA and the BSLA organized their members to volunteer conceptual design assistance that could help local restaurants design or redesign outdoor seating and also help think about how to redesign interior spaces to respond to evolving COVID-related standards.
Now, two months in, you can hear from designers and restauranteurs about how it is all working, what has surprised them, and what they are thinking about for the future. You’ll have a virtual tour of spaces and be presented with an outdoor seating guideline created by a member firm.
Policy Director, Boston Society for Architecture (BSA)
Emeline Gaujac, Assoc. AIA
Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA)
Puritan & Co. and The Lexington at the Picnic Grove