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NOW DOCKING: Envisioning New Life for a 700-Foot-Long Pier


Aerial view of Dry Dock No. 4 photographed in May 2016.

Image courtesy Les Vants Aerial Photos.

In an effort to curate a spectrum of ideas—inspirational, provocative, futuristic—that transforms Dry Dock No. 4 into a signature park, ArchitectureBoston magazine invited a range of firms and artists to the drawing board. Could they conjure aerial overviews and street-view close-ups that capture their particular spheres of interest while providing creative public access to the water, we wondered? Might there be unexpected avenues for pedestrians to approach this 6-acre landscape—set behind the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Northern Avenue—while creating an open-space statement in the Seaport? Is there some way to acknowledge its role as a functioning dry dock, contemplate resiliency efforts, and pay homage to the harbor’s history?

The four projects—by Lemon Brooke, Carolina Aragon, Supernormal, and Michelle Crowley Landscape Architecture—featured in the Spring 2018 PORT issue of AB—will be on display on the 1st floor gallery of BSA Space through June 1, 2018.

NOW DOCKING: Envisioning new life for a 700-foot-long pier is sponsored by STAS picture handing systems with a hanging system used to display this exhibition.