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City Print 600x300

This project is a collaboration between the BSA’s MakeTank and AET, Labs, Bluedge, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), pbcGIS, and Grabcad.

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CityPrint is the product of collaborative community making and its ability to inspire and represent an entire region through the creation of a new, digitally-fabricated model of the City of Boston.

The project is led by MakeTank, a Knowledge Community of the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA). MakeTank is gathering makers within the greater Boston AEC community to crowdsource the translation of the city’s existing digital models into fabrication-ready data. Each participating maker will be given an existing digital section of the city, and as a community, we will develop a collection of 3d-printable digital models. As these digital models are completed, they will be used to produce a new 3d-printed physical scale model of the City of Boston printed onsite at BSA Space. The Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printers installed here in the building have been donated by Stratysis, Bluedge, AET Labs and are supported by Grabcad. Upon completion, the model will remain on permanent display in this lobby and, with the support of the BSA, the digital files will be added to the BPDA’s existing digital resources library and made available on our website for free use by the public.

We are proud to facilitate the creation and free distribution of this resource for our community and hope it will aid in the democratization of design within Greater Boston. If you want to help us build a better Boston, please use the QR code below or go to our website to find out more.


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