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Placemaking Network

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The HUB ON CAUSEWAY: Placemaking on hallowed ground

Gensler has designed and planned the now-under-construction 1.87 million sf vertical mixed-use HUB ON CAUSEWAY project around public activation and placemaking, focused on the 60-foot wide 200-foot-long, 120-foot tall retail gallery dubbed “Champions Row.” It directly connects North Station and T.D. Garden to Causeway Street and gives office tenants and hotel guests front-row seats to the action as commuters and fans pass through. Come hear JF Finn AIA, Gensler’s mixed-use Studio Director, talk about the placemaking considerations that they grappled with during the design of this important Boston development. JF will present the project and discuss the location and configuration of the glass-covered central piazza at its heart, the circulation routes through it, the surrounding uses, the location of entries and exits to the upper level uses that will help pulse office and residential folks into the spaces and onto the sidewalks, the associated complexity with core locations and parking, and all the bells and whistles (TV screens, sound systems, integration with TD Garden, etc.) that are designed to make THE HUB ON CAUSEWAY a happening place.

​J.F. Finn III AIA is Mixed-Use Leader, Studio Director, and Principal at Gensler, Boston. He has devoted more than 30 years of professional experience to the leadership of large-scale, multidisciplinary projects that combine long-range vision with conscientious adherence to client goals and objectives. His extensive portfolio ranges from community master plans and transit facilities to international resorts and mixed-use developments. J.F. led the design of Las Vegas’ $8.4 billion CityCenter development, the largest privately funded project in the United States. He views mixed use as a scalable, intelligent solution to the utilization of land when creating multipurpose destinations. J.F. is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the American Public Transportation Association, and NAIOP. He received Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from The Ohio State University.

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