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2015 Design Biennial Boston

Design Biennial Boston GLD Grove 02 photo Pasnik

GLD Grove

Image courtesy Mark Pasnik.

The 2015 Design Biennial Boston, now in its 4th edition, is a program that foregrounds emerging architects, landscape architects, and designers who have created inspiring and innovative practices in Massachusetts. Following an open call for entries, four firms—Cristina Parreño Architecture, GLD, Landing Studio, and MASS Design Group—were selected in March 2015 by a jury of distinguished professionals and academics. In the months since, the firms have been preparing installations that are on view on the Rose Kennedy Greenway through September 25. They join nineteen previous winners of the Biennial, a group that represents Boston’s deeply creative pool of design talent. A related introductory exhibition presenting previous design work of each team and the ideas behind their installations is on display at BSA Space.

Find the installations adjacent to BSA Space

GLD Grove
Image courtesy Mark Pasnik.

The four site-specific installations include Tectonics of Transparency: The Tower by Cristina Parreño Architecture, a seventeen-foot-high landmark that performs as an urban periscope constructed of 350 custom-fabricated glass blocks; Grove by GLD, a series of chambers enclosed by resin-infused fiberglass that forms a surprising collective interior space; Marginal by Landing Studio, a field of eighteen reconstituted wharf pilings recycled from a shipyard in Boston Harbor; and Lo-Fab by MASS Design Group, a lattice-like structure composed of more than one thousand wood and metal components to create an intimate gathering space. The sites are immediately adjacent to the 250-foot-high suspended art piece, As If It Were Already Here by Janet Echelman.

The jury for the 2015 Biennial included curators Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik AIA (pinkcomma gallery) along with Lucas Cowan (Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy), Eden Dutcher (GroundView), Michael Evans (Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics), Mary Fichtner (BSA Space), Karin Goodfellow (Boston Art Commission), Dan Hisel (Dan Hisel Architect/Wentworth Institute), Eric Höweler AIA (Höweler + Yoon/Harvard University), Tim Love AIA (2015 BSA President/Utile/Northeastern University/), and Ana Mijlački (Project_/MIT).

The public installations and introductory exhibition are on view through September 25.

Sponsored by pinkcomma gallery, the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, BSA Space, the Boston Art Commission, and the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics.

The unveiling of these installations follows the opening of Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller Than a Building, the latest exhibition at BSA Space. Curated by the design team Khôra LLC, Breadbox explores architects’ interest in public art installation as a unique way to experiment with innovative techniques and materials.