Like many cities, Boston has cultivated a specific image based on its skyline; however, the Prudential and John Hancock Tower are more than a generation old, and Boston has resisted the urge to create more landmark tall buildings. Are development forces insufficient to generate the need? Does community opposition create insurmountable political risks? Or is the weight of history too heavy?

Join the following panelists on June 28 at 6:30 pm at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston) in a discussion of Boston’s ambiguous relationship with the high-rise: Alex Krieger FAIA, Chan Krieger NBBJ and Harvard; Tim Love AIA, Utile; Kairos Shen, Boston’s chief planner; Blake Middleton FAIA, LEED AP, Handel Architects and chief designer of Millennium Place and the Filene’s site; and Elihu Rubin, visiting assistant professor of urbanism at Yale. Rubin also will present his new book Insuring the City: The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape (Yale University Press, 2012); copies will be available for purchase.

This event is free and open to all. RSVP to by June 26 with “Urban 6/28” in the subject line. Sign in to earn 1.5 LU of continuing-education credit. This event is part of Shaping the Living City, a series of lectures presented by the Urban Design Committee. See the full list at

Image: Courtesy of Prudential Financial

Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210