SEMINAR PROFILE

A03 - 
Design in Boston: Skyscrapers, the Waterfront, and the Greenway
   
  In this seminar we will examine how Boston became America's most beautiful and walkable city, how we rebuilt the waterfront into the city's most desirable place to live and work, and how we reconnected downtown Boston to the waterfront and created a mile of new parks by tearing down the old Central Artery and replacing it with the Rose Kennedy Greenway. You will be getting inside information about the risks, deals, fights, and the politics that made this dramatic transformation possible by finding the areas for compromise among conflicting community, economic, and esthetic objectives. Along the way you'll learn about basic principles of urban design: human scale, order and variety, mixed use, balancing the demands of pedestrians and motorists, and what it takes to make great architecture, streets and cities. On our two walking tour days in addition to the Greenway and the Waterfront we will include visits to the observatory over the arch at Rowes Wharf, the park at Post Office Square, the planning department's huge model of downtown Boston in City Hall, and the secret passageways and glamorous lobbies of the downtown skyscrapers.
       
   
Scholar:
 
Location:
Off Campus
   
Dates:
5/14/2019, 5/22/2019