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Dec 13, 2022

Highlights from the Gingerbread Design Competition & Exhibition

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All images courtesy Maia Erslev unless otherwise stated

After hosting two pandemic-era Gingerbread Competition & Exhibitions, the BSA is thrilled to announce the first in-person exhibition since 2019!

This year's theme, Climate Ginger-Ready Boston, is a nod to the City's Climate Ready Boston initiative and has encouraged bakers to think about creating climate-resilient gingerbread designs that speak to the unique challenges that Boston faces. The theme this year aligns with the BSA's mission to address issues of equity and sustainability in the built environment.

Below are just a few gingerbreads to give you a small taste of all 16 incr-edible entries. While all submissions addressed climate change, some did so more directly than others.

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MASS Architect's gingerbread raised on Toblerone piles with renewable energy sources from wind, water, and solar.

Image courtesy MASS Architect

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CBA Landscape Architects designed a coastal gingerbread landscape which depicts vegetated dunes that act as a living levee and a frontline defense for storm surge.

Other submissions took a more playful approach to how Boston might "rise" to the occasion.

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Fennick McCredie Architecture made a two sided gingerbread creation that shows two very different outcomes for Boston if it succeeds (left) or fails to address climate change.

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William Rawn Associates' classic Duck Boat ensures Boston's most prized landmarks remain resilient to whatever climate change brings next.

All Gingerbread creations are now on view in Waterfront Square at 290 Congress Street every day from 7 am-9 pm until December 20.

If you are not able to make it to Boston, you may also view all Gingerbreads via our virtual Gingerbread Exhibition.

The annual BSA Gingerbread Design Competition & Exhibition is also a fundraiser for the great work of the BSA. Please consider voting with your dollars or with your Facebook likes.

For more coverage of this year's Gingerbread Design Competition & Exhibition, check out WBUR's piece, Gingerbread houses brace for climate change at Boston architecture exhibition.

Vote for your favorite gingerbread creation

We invite you to vote with your dollars! Funds raised through the exhibition directly support the Boston Society for Architecture. Tax-deductible donations of any size are welcome.


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