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Olmsted's Legacy: Landscape + the City

June 22, 2015 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: Free and open to the public.
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Olmsted's Legacy: Landscape + the City

One hundred and thirty years after Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace re-shaped our city, Boston 2024 has taken a fresh look at Boston’s public spaces—proposing new athletic facilities in several public parks and the completion of the Emerald Necklace as a part of the Olympic legacy. What are the possibilities for Boston’s public realm beyond 2024? What roles can landscape play in defining and activating the Boston of tomorrow? How can new environmental challenges, new forms of recreation and leisure, new technologies, and new ideas about public space and the public realm shape the contemporary city and the social spaces that make it work?


Chris Reed
Stoss Landscape Urbanism + Harvard University Graduate School of Design


Anita Berrizbeitia
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Julie Crockford
Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Gary Hilderbrand
Reed Hilderbrand + Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Gavin McMillan
Hargreaves Associates

Meejin Yoon
Höweler + Yoon Architecture + MIT School of Architecture + Planning

Boston Futures: 2024 and Beyond

Boston Futures is a community discussion series about the future of Boston and how Boston’s Olympic and Paralympic bid might help us achieve a shared vision for that future. Free and open to the public, these conversations will explore how hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024 could help catalyze progress on key initiatives and ideas that will define Boston in the year 2030, the city’s 400th anniversary, and beyond. Intended to engage designers, planners, innovators, and more, this series provides attendees the opportunity to ask questions, gain additional insight from experts who have faced similar challenges, and consider the possibilities for Boston's future. 

Planned topics for discussion include mobility, housing, open space, sustainability, health, and innovation.

Boston Futures is co-organized by the following participating hosts: Boston 2024, Boston Society of Architects/AIA and the BSA Foundation, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Northeastern University School of Architecture, ULI Boston, and The Venture Café.

To learn more, visit the Boston Futures: 2024 and Beyond series page.

For those who qualify, 2 LUs/HSW are available