The BSA Urban Design Committee will host a participatory design workshop to generate potential design solutions for key moments of the future “Allston Esplanade,” a large swath of open space that will be created as a result of the planned Allston Viaduct Replacement Project. Beyond rebuilding an interstate toll plaza and repairing a viaduct, this is an opportunity to create new opportunities for city building, as well as creating open space, community connections and safe pedestrian and bike pathways. The charrette builds on over a decade of efforts by design and community advocates, the City of Boston and MassDOT, as well as a BSA Urban Design Workshop.
The evening will begin with an overview of the site and project’s history as well as key opportunities and constraints of MassDOT’s current direction for the Allston Viaduct replacement project. The larger group will break into three smaller groups to more thoroughly address design opportunities at three particular areas through a facilitated charrette. The evening will conclude with each group presenting their work. A summary of the evening’s discussions and design outcomes will be made available to MassDOT and the public.
4:30-5:00 Registration, Networking & Project Background
5:00-6:00 Project History, Opportunity, & Charrette Overview
6:00-8:00 Design Charrette on 3 Sub-Areas:
8:00-9:00 Regroup, Presentations by Charrette Teams, & Discussion