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2015 Design Biennial Boston, opening reception

July 16, 2015 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: Free and open to the public
Where: Dewey Square, Rose Kennedy Greenway

2015 Design Biennial Boston, opening reception

Don't miss the opening reception for the 2015 Design Biennial Boston on Thursday, July 16 at 6:30 pm with a welcome by Joyce Linehan, Chief of Policy, City of Boston. The opening will take place as part of a Boston Calling Block Party at Dewey Square in the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

The winners of the fourth Design Biennial Boston, a program sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and the Boston Art Commission in collaboration with pinkcomma gallery, BSA Space, and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, have been selected following an open call for entries. A distinguished jury selected four firms whose work provides ample evidence of Boston’s rich design talent. 

The 2015 Biennial will feature Cristina Parreño Alonso of Cristina Parreño Architecture, Cynthia Gunadi and Joel Lamere of GLD, Dan Adams and Marie Law Adams of Landing Studio, and Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks of MASS Design Group. Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim of IK Studio and Daniel Ibañez and Rodrigo Rubio of Margen-Lab received honorable mention awards this year for their contributions.

 “The Design Biennial Boston, with work exhibited at BSA Space, has provided emerging designers with an invaluable chance to engage the wider public in their imaginative work,” commented juror Tim Love AIA, 2015 BSA president and a Biennial participant in 2008. “Boston’s future is in good hands if these brilliant minds are given more opportunities to shape our city."

The winning designers’ projects range from speculative visions to constructed interventions, including a monumental library in Slovenia, an installation in a stairway at MIT, the transformation of an industrial tank farm into a shared salt dock and public park in Chelsea, and a cholera treatment center with a wastewater purification facility in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. 

In addition to an introductory display at BSA Space, the four selected design teams will construct site-specific installations on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway adjacent to the 250-foot-high suspended art piece by sculptor Janet Echelman. 

The unveiling of these installations follows the opening of Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller Than a Buildingthe 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.  

Image: Dan and Marie Law Adams of Landing Studio, Oil Tank Amphitheater, Chelsea, Massachusetts, 2014