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Design Excellence Along Boston’s Waterfront

October 6, 2014 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: Free and open to the public.
Where: District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA

Design Excellence Along Boston’s Waterfront

Wrap up
Nearly 100 people, including designers, developers, and city planners, turned out at District Hall on October 6 to hear a panel discussion about the importance of maintaining design excellence along Boston's waterfront. The panel, moderated by Ken Greenberg, included Andrea Leers FAIA, Alex Krieger FAIA, and David Dixon FAIA, who addressed the current state of development and projections for the next 10 to 20 years. A vigorous discussion followed the panelist's remarks. Thank you to everyone who attended and to District Hall for hosting the event. To learn more about upcoming Designing Boston events, contact

Boston’s waterfront continues to grow and remains one of the city’s most appealing and significant assets. For the first time in more than a generation—since the Big Dig depressed the highway and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway was established—major buildings are being planned, including additions to the Long Wharf Marriott, the James Hook & Co. lobster site, and the Boston Harbor Garage. Can this small strip of Boston continue to be a premier North American destination while also emerging as a cutting-edge mixed-use community? What will the skyline look like 20 years from now? What might the public realm be? And how do we reconcile zoning limitations, environmental changes, and modern design with the growing demands and needs of this historic city?

The panel will be moderated by Ken Greenberg, former Boston Redevelopment Authority interim chief planner and principal of Greenberg Consultants, and includes Andrea Leers FAIA, principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates; Alex Krieger FAIA, principal, NBBJ; and David Dixon FAIA, senior principal, Stantec Urban Group, Stantec Architecture and Engineering. These urban planners and longtime Boston design advocates will discuss ways to foster the cultural, civic, residential, and economic vitality of this area while creating crucial public connections between the HarborWalk and the Greenway.

Andrea Leers FAIA, principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Alex Krieger FAIA, principal, NBBJ
David Dixon FAIA, senior principal, Stantec Urban Group, Stantec Architecture and Engineering

About the Designing Boston Series
This new series provides a forum to discuss current trends and concerns in architecture and urban planning that may shape Boston’s future. Topics include designing for transportation, walkability, and climate change, the impact of a Boston-based Olympics, and meeting housing demands of this growing city.

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Image: Boston Skyline at Early Morning. Creative Commons Liscense, modified. Photo: Y.Sawa.