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A Quarter More: Exploring Density in Metro Boston Final Pinup

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A Quarter More: Exploring Density in Metro Boston—2022 Urban Design Workshop Series

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  • COST

    Free and open to the public.

  • TYPE

    Knowledge Community



About the Final Pinup

Massachusetts is in a housing crisis. For the three months, four teams have been working with three municipal partners representing Cambridge, Somerville, and Everett to think through and propose pathways for accommodating and encouraging denser neighborhoods. This final pinup invites teams, partners, and the public to participate in a pinup session. Each team will present their work, including possible design interventions and policy solutions.


4:30 PM—Welcome & Overview | UDW Co-chairs, BSA Staff

4:40 PM—Boston Team | A. Vernon Woodworth FAIA, Pat Connolly, Devanshi Purohit AICP, Katie Cressall, and Hannah Gibson

5:00 PM—Cambridge Team | Carley Elliott, Leonardi Aray AIA, Foteini Bouliari, Turid Terese Hovn Ohlsson, and Patrick Cooleybeck

5:20 PM—Everett Team I | Thomas Schultz AIA NCARB, Chris Herlich AICP, David Carlson, and Ben Carlson

5:40 PM—Everett Team II | Rosalyn Elder AIA LEED AP, David Woshinsky AIA LEED AP, and Jon Seward

6:00 PM—Q&A + Discussion | All

6:30 PM—Refreshments & Networking

A Quarter More: Exploring Density in Metro Boston

There is a great shortage of housing throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. While there is no single solution that will address this critical issue, one thing is for certain: each municipality needs to work on building more housing. Municipalities and advocacy groups throughout the state are already working to produce more housing by changing zoning to allow for greater multi-family housing. Whether accounted for or not, denser housing will impact other dimensions of the built environment, from economic development and overall tax base to transportation and infrastructure. Density, in of itself, is not a one-size-fits-all solution and can run the risk of further entrenching systemic issues of equity and sustainability. The role of designers and planners in advocating for healthier neighborhoods through densification is an essential component of building better urban spaces.

Urban Design Workshop History

The BSA and the BSA Foundation launched the Urban Design Workshops in 2014 to engage local architects in early stage thinking about major urban design initiatives. The workshops have provided a valuable resource to public agencies and major property owners by providing big-picture design thinking to support larger planning and public outreach processes. Modeled on programs such as the National Endowment for the Arts Mayors’ Institute on City Design, Urban Land Institute SWAT team workshops, and the AIA’s RUDAT program, the BSA Urban Design Workshops (UDW) pull together professionals to provide a holistic design-focused look at a particular urban area or issue concerning the built environment.

Learn more about the Urban Design Workshops and the BSA Urban Design Committee.