Friday, April 17, 2015

Blog Pick :: Design of the World

Blog Pick :: Design of the World
By: Phil Reville, M.Arch Candidate

I love Design of the World.

I love everything from the format of the website itself to the sometimes campy wit of the individual posts. The idea is simple - the blog is a curation of design of all types from all over the world. While the layout of the page places individual posts mixed together, you can choose to look at design specifically from Oceania, North America, South America, Asia, Africa, or Europe.

One post recently had me thinking I needed to come up with $1000 immediately in order to buy a kayak. Hailing from San Francisco, Oru Kayak has designed a collapsible kayak that folds up to become a messenger bag. Yes, it exists. Design of the World keeps it simple with two short paragraphs explaining the product, a link to their site, and some clean images.

Design of the World has posts ranging from small home products to installations to quirky hidden places of the world.  Another post I recently saw was about the Makoko Floating School. Designed for a water community in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, the Floating School aims to meet the educational needs of an expanding population while addressing the very serious risks of flooding. Designed by the urban planning team at NLE, the Makoko Floating School adapts to tidal changes, but is also highly self-sustaining, using renewable energy, recycling waste, and capturing rainwater.

Needless to say, I have spent hours on Design of the World. Maybe days. More than that, I have spent hours link chasing on pages that all trace back to Design of the World. Be careful, the endless scroll homepage might be a danger to productivity, but it might just be the break you need.

2015 Marathon Street Closings + Parking Restrictions

City of Boston Traffic and Parking Advisory
2015 Boston Marathon

Vehicle traffic will be prohibited and parking will be restricted on many streets in Boston in the days leading up to the Boston Marathon and on Monday, April 20, 2015.  Using the MBTA to travel to and from Boston on Marathon Monday is strongly recommended.  Detailed information on MBTA service can be found at  For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket.

In the interest of public safety and traffic management, Boston’s Police and Transportation Departments may make changes to the following traffic restrictions and parking regulations as necessary.  It is important that drivers pay close attention to all posted signs.


The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic on Monday, April 20, 2015.

  • 5 AM: Streets in the vicinity of the Boston Common will close
  • 6 AM: Boylston Street, Hereford Street to Arlington Street will close
  • 8 AM: All streets east of Massachusetts Avenue (as well as Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 22) will close
  • 8 AM: All streets west of Massachusetts Avenue in the Kenmore Square Audubon Circle area will close
  • 8:30 AM: All streets in the Brighton area leading into the route will close

5 AM – Boston Common Area
Tremont Street, Court Street to Boylston Street
Avery Street, Washington Street to Tremont Street
West Street, Washington Street to Tremont Street
Temple Place, Washington Street to Tremont Street
Winter Street, Washington Street to Tremont Street
Park Street, Beacon Street to Tremont Street
Bromfield Street, Washington Street to Tremont Street
Beacon Street, Somerset Street to Tremont Street
Cambridge Street (inbound), New Sudbury Street to Tremont Street

6 AM – Back Bay Area
Boylston Street, Hereford Street to Arlington Street

8 AM – Back Bay Area
Berkeley Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
Clarendon Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
Dartmouth Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
Exeter Street, Newbury Street to Huntington Avenue
Ring Road, Huntington Avenue to Boylston Street
Fairfield Street, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
Gloucester Street, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
Providence Street, Arlington Street to Berkeley Street
Trinity Place, St. James Avenue to Massachusetts Turnpike on-ramp
Boylston Street, Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Street
Newbury Street, Arlington Street to Charlesgate East
St. James Avenue, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
Huntington Avenue (outbound), Dartmouth Street to Belvidere Street
Stuart Street, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
Blagden Street, Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street
Berkeley Street, Columbus Avenue to Newbury Street
Clarendon Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
Dartmouth Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
Exeter Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Huntington Avenue
Fairfield Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
Gloucester Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
Hereford Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
Dalton Street, Belvidere Street to Boylston Street
Belvidere Street, Huntington Avenue to Dalton Street

8 AM – Kenmore Square Area
Beacon Street, Park Drive to Commonwealth Avenue
Brookline Avenue, Lansdowne Street to Commonwealth Avenue
Newbury Street Extension, Brookline Avenue to Charlesgate west
Commonwealth Avenue (inbound), from BU Bridge to Gloucester Street
Commonwealth Avenue (outbound), Hereford Street to Deerfield Street
Kenmore Street, Newbury Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue (outbound)
Raleigh Street, Beacon Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue (outbound)

8:30 AM – Brighton Area
Commonwealth Avenue, Beacon Street to Gloucester Street, and from the Newton city line (Lake Street) to Chestnut Hill Avenue
Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill Avenue to the Brookline town line (Cleveland Circle)
Chestnut Hill Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue to Brookline town line (Ayr Road)

In addition, on Saturday, April 18, streets along the routes will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate the B.A.A. 5K as well as the B.A.A. Invitational Mile.

The 5K will begin at 8 AM on Charles Street and will proceed south to Boylston Street, west on Boylston Street, north on Arlington Street, west on Commonwealth Avenue outbound via the underpass at Massachusetts Avenue, south on Charlesgate West, east onto Commonwealth Avenue inbound via the underpass at Massachusetts Avenue, south on Hereford Street, east on Boylston Street, north on Charles Street.

The Invitational Mile will begin on Boylston Street near Exeter Street with starting times at 10:30 AM, 10:45 AM and 11 AM.  Participants will turn left onto Dartmouth Street, left onto Newbury Street, left onto Boylston Street, ending at the Boston Marathon Finish Line.


Parking will be restricted on several streets in the Back Bay on Monday, April 20, 2015, as well as on Saturday, April 18, 2015.  Parking will also be restricted on some streets several days in advance of the weekend to allow preparations to take place.  Parking restrictions are as follows.

No Stopping April 09 to April 23
Boylston Street (both sides)
     Exeter Street to Dartmouth Street
Boylston Street
     From Dartmouth Street near the Copley Square Mall to Clarendon St
Exeter Street (east side)
     Boylston Street to Blagden Street
Blagden Street (south side)
     Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street

No Stopping April 13 to April 23
Blagden Street (north side)
     Dartmouth Street to BPL Driveway

No Stopping April 15 to April 21
Exeter Street (west side)
     Alley 441 to Boylston Street

No Stopping Saturday 12:01AM through 2PM
Newbury Street (both sides)
     Dartmouth Street to Exeter Street

No Stopping Friday, Saturday & Monday
Boylston Street (both sides)
     Dalton Street to Arlington Street
Exeter Street (both sides)
     Newbury Street to Huntington Avenue (except where otherwise posted)
Dartmouth Street (both sides)
     Boylston Street to Newbury Street
Trinity Place (both sides)
     St. James Avenue to Stuart Street

No Stopping Saturday, Sunday & Monday
Cambridge Street (both sides)
     Court Street to Sudbury Street excluding any active construction zones

No Stopping Saturday & Monday
Beacon Street (Boston Common side)
     Charles Street to Joy Street
Boylston Street (both sides)
     Arlington Street to Charles Street
Charles Street (both sides)
     Boylston Street to Beacon Street
Columbus Avenue (south side)
     #162 Columbus Avenue to Arlington Street
Stuart Street (both sides)
     Huntington Avenue to Arlington Street

No Stopping Sunday & Monday
Saint James Avenue (both sides)
     Arlington Street to Berkeley Street

No Stopping Monday
Arlington Street (both sides)
     Beacon Street to Stuart Street
Arlington Street (west side)
     Columbus Avenue to Isabella Street
Beacon Street (both sides)
     Chestnut Hill Avenue to Brookline Line
Beacon Street
     Brookline Line to Kenmore Square (inbound side)
     Bay State Road to Kenmore Square (both sides)
Belvidere Street (both sides)
     Huntington Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue
Berkeley Street (both sides)
     Columbus Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue
Blagden Street (both sides)
     Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street
Cambridge Street (west side)
     Court Street to Beacon Street / Tremont Street
Chestnut Hill Avenue (both sides)
     Commonwealth Avenue to Beacon Street
Clarendon Street (both sides)
     Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
Columbus Avenue (both sides)
     Arlington Street to Dartmouth (unless otherwise posted)
Commonwealth Avenue (south side)
     Beacon Street (Kenmore Square) to 80’ east of Hereford
Commonwealth Avenue
     Lake Street to Chestnut Hill Avenue (inbound)
Commonwealth Avenue
     Charlesgate West to Deerfield Street (outbound)
Dalton Street (both sides)
     Boylston Street to Clearway Street
Dartmouth Street (both sides)
     Newbury Street to Commonwealth Avenue
     Saint James Avenue to Columbus Avenue
Deerfield Street (both sides)
     Commonwealth Avenue to Bay State Road
Exeter Street (both sides)
     Commonwealth Avenue to Newbury Street
Fairfield Street (both sides)
     Boylston Street to Commonwealth Avenue
Gloucester Street (both sides)
     Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
Hereford Street (both sides)
     Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
Huntington Avenue (northwest side)
     Blagden Street to Massachusetts Avenue
Kenmore Street (both sides)
     Newbury Street to Beacon Street
Newbury Street (both sides)
     Arlington Street to Brookline Avenue over post any other temporary signs
New Chardon Street (north side)
     Merrimac Street to Cambridge Street
Providence Street (both sides)
     Arlington Street to Berkeley Street
Raleigh Street (both sides)
     Bay State Road to Beacon Street
Stanhope Street (both sides)
     Berkeley Street to Clarendon Street
Scotia Street (both sides)
     Dalton Street to St. Cecilia Street
St. Cecilia Street (both sides)
     Belvidere Street to Boylston Street
Tremont Street (both sides)
     Cambridge Street to Stuart Street

No Stopping Monday Buses Only 10AM to 5PM
Beacon Street (South side, Public Garden side)
     Charles Street to Arlington Street

Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay
160 Commonwealth Avenue  #L-8
Boston, Massachusetts  02116-2749
Tel:  617-247-3961

Thursday, April 16, 2015

In the BACkground :: Government Center Revisited (Part II)

Government Center Revisited (Part II)
(Check out Part I)
A series from Phil Reville, M. Arch Candidate

Spanning the arch of Cambridge Street along the top portion of the plaza sits One, Two, and Three Center Plaza, or as it is more commonly known, Center Plaza. This long crescent-shaped building was one of the last completed as a part of the redevelopment of Government Center, and houses a mix of retail, commercial, and governmental office space.

From here, looking back over City Hall Plaza you can see City Hall, the JFK Building, and the new Government Center T stop entrance, a large glass and steel structure. The T stop, designed in partnership by the MBTA and Boston Redevelopment Authority, is slated to open Spring 2016. Until then, a large portion of the plaza will remain a construction site.

The last building of Government Center I visited was the notorious Government Service Center, designed by Paul Rudolph. Walking west along Cambridge Street brings you past the John F. Kennedy Building Towers and the Bowdoin Blue Line T Stop to the corner of New Chardon Street. Here sits the other concrete monolith Bostonians so love to hate. The building is comprised of two linked parts, one for unemployment services and the other for mental health services. Completed in 1971, after a five year construction process, the building is recognizable for Rudolph’s signature “corduroy concrete”. Walking around and through the central courtyard of the building paints a picture of severe structural neglect and a lack of upkeep. The multi-tiered central courtyard is now intersected by chain link fences. The large planters are trash-ridden and show little life at all. The courtyard has also become a refuge for vagrants and homeless people.  Because of all of this, many of Rudolph’s playful staircases and access points have been barricaded. The passageway still open along the Suffolk County Court Building takes you to Staniford Street, where you can really appreciate the details of Rudolph’s work. Loved by fans of Brutalist architecture and hated by nearly everyone else, it is difficult to tell the fate of Government Service Center, but you definitely need to go take a walk around for yourself to decide.

My quick visit to Government Center was not my first, nor my last trip around the area. The complex is rich in history both in the architecture that exists there today, and the architecture that once stood before it all. While Scollay Square is no more, there is ample research and documentation on it, especially here at our own BAC Library. Likewise, the library has a multitude of original contracts and plans for the construction of Government Center. They also have original scaled construction documents for City Hall and a few of the other buildings.

While I barely skimmed the surface of what is to be seen at Government Center, an even limited understanding of the place begs the question of original design intent.  Some have called Government Center the worst development of the past century, and yet others staunchly defend it. Go take a look around and decide for yourself.  The project was originally thought up to reinvigorate the city. As more people left the city for the suburbs, Boston sought to breath new life into its downtown core. Despite such intentions, Government Center has largely failed to meet the needs of the people of Boston, both then and now. As a designer you might ask yourself, what is the future that you are designing for?

BAC Buzz Board :: 4.6 - 4.10

Week of 4.6 - 4.10 


  • Barre Blast! DO IT!
  • I love to dance, and I love learning about culture! Lets get a group together! <3 li="">
  • Fleetwood Mac - "The Dance" (Why not check out a fleetwood mac 'n cheese @ mcdonalds...)
  • I hurt my head coming up with something to write
  • By getting scary-excited about whatever I'm working on


Green Team :: Did You Know? #12

12. In the Pacific Ocean there is a floating collection of trash colloquially referred to as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”. It is made up of 3.5 million tons of trash and is as big across as the State of Texas. That’s pretty tough to swallow, especially for marine life like sea turtles, whales and seabirds that ingest the trash floating in the ocean mistaking it for food. Stop the cycle and only use reusable bags whenever you can. Help save marine life!

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To get involved with the Green Team, e-mail for more information

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Running With Resilience :: Keeping Boston Strong

Running With Resilience :: Keeping Boston Strong

A message from Talk One2One - BAC's Student Assistance Program

April 15th, 2015 will mark the two year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings. In the wake of a terrible tragedy, America witnessed a city full of strength. The Boston community came together to support one another, and now, as the city gets ready for the Marathon once again, people are coming out in droves to support and to run for all those affected by the bombings.

When we think of the bombings two Aprils ago, we don't just have to think about tragedy ‐ we can also think about heroism and sacrifice. As Fred Rogers, a.k.a. Mister Rogers, once said:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"

Within hours of the bombing, had posted an online form for stranded runners who needed accommodations, and it didn't stop there: Bostonians promised to provide clean clothes, warm meals, showers, and rides to get runners where they needed to go. Cell service overloaded from so many offering up their phone numbers to help those stranded in the city. So many people showed up to give blood that both Mass General Hospital and the Red Cross had to start turning people away. Both runners and observers rushed into the chaos to help, making tourniquets out of their t‐shirts and carrying people to safety.

The anniversary of a traumatic event such as the Boston Marathon can trigger things such as anxiety, flashbacks, preoccupation with the event, difficulty sleeping, or avoiding being in the city. These feelings are normal, but there is help: Call your SAP for assistance at (800) 756‐3124.

Dr. David King, a Mass General Trauma and Acute Care Surgeon, had just finished running the Marathon and left the athlete recovery area when he heard about the bombings. He rushed immediately to the hospital and began operating on victims, less than a few hours after finishing the 26.2 mile course. Dr. King and his team treated 15 people that day, operating for more than 30 hours straight. He ran last year's NY Marathon as well, saying, "I feel like it's going to be liberating, some kind of a celebration to crawl out from the darkness that was Boston in 2013."

33‐year‐old Adrianne Haslet‐Davis lost her lower left leg while watching the Boston Marathon with her fiancĂ©. A professional dance instructor, she has been honored by The National Rehabilitation Center and Dancing with the Stars for her positive outlook while facing adversity. Unveiling a new prosthetic leg last March, she danced for the first time since the bombings at the 2014 TED Conference in Vancouver.

John Andersen, a middle school science teacher and volunteer, had manned the microphone inside the medical tent near the Boston Marathon finish line for the past 15 years, and was praised by a doctor in the tent for keeping a sense of calm after the bombings. Every single person who came into the medical tent is still alive today. "The team worked quickly to stabilize patients and get them to ambulances and hospitals as police and bomb‐sniffing dogs were moving to evacuate the tent in case of further explosions," explains Andersen. "There was no chaos," he says. "It was like a well‐oiled machine."

Add Color to Your Design!

Check out some bright ideas in the Materials Library; there are loads of inspiring samples ripe for your discovery.

The Materials Library welcomes Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design Studies students, teachers, and everyone who is keen to explore!

BAC Materials Library
The Materials Library at the Boston Architectural College is a resource for students and faculty in all disciplines of design. It houses thousands of physical material samples that students and faculty can access for classroom projects, presentations, experimentation, and beyond. The vast collection invites creativity, exploration, and discovery and enhances each individual designer's educational experience.

Materials Library hours:
Monday: 12-4pm
Tuesday: 12-7pm
Wednesday: 12-7pm
Thursday: 12-4pm
Friday: 1-5pm
Saturday: 12-4pm

One Boston Day (4.15)

One Boston Day

To mark the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Mayor Marty Walsh has declared this “One Boston Day,” a day for giving back through acts of kindness.

Mayor Marty Walsh plans to help hoist commemorative banners on Boylston Street on Wednesday before leading a moment of silent tribute to the victims at 2:49 p.m. — the hour when the first of the two bombs exploded near the finish line on April 15, 2013.

The BAC will be traveling as a group to Boylston street to take part in the moment of silence.  Please meet in front of the 320 Newbury building at 2:30pm if you would like to walk over with the college.

Find more information:


Monday, April 13, 2015

In the BACkground :: Government Center Revisited (Part I)

Government Center Revisited (Part I)
A series from Phil Reville, M. Arch Candidate

Chances are you have walked by, in, or around Boston City Hall. Whether you love it or are terrified by it is another story, but the gigantic monolithic structure certainly elicits some kind of response from everyone. The building, designed by Kallmann McKinnell & Knowles and completed in 1968, however, is just a part of the greater story of the Government Center redevelopment and Boston’s first large urban renewal scheme. This renewal plan razed what was Boston’s Scollay Square, a dynamic theatre district, and in its place made room for seven major structures centered around a large plaza. What few know about Government Center however, is the design work and the many notable architects who had a hand in creating what has become Boston’s most polarizing district.  Walking around the roughly 60-acre area, it was hard to imagine what this part of Boston might have looked like before 1960, and based on public opinion, perhaps what it might look like in years to come.

With the redesign of the Government Center T stop, you can choose either to walk from the Park Street stop or take the T past Government Center and get out at Haymarket. Doing the latter brings you out underneath one of the many structures that makes up Government Center, the Government Center Garage. Perhaps not the best initial impression of the larger complex that is Government Center, the garage is currently under review for major redevelopment. The structure is a behemoth of a garage, with two floors of office space atop of six parking levels that bridges Merrimac Street. You can follow the redevelopment plan here:
Below is a rendering of the currently planned redevelopment of the site.

As you make your way around the garage and southwest along Hanover Street, City Hall Plaza reveals itself. The plaza itself was apart of a master plan designed by I.M. Pei, but never fully realized to the extent he had intended. The plaza was loosely based off of the main plaza is Siena, with a sloping expanse of bricks, yet few would call it a success. To the right as you walk up the steps of the plaza is the massive John F. Kennedy Federal Building, named after the late President shortly after his assassination. Consisting of a large four-story building connected to two 26-story towers, the John F. Kennedy Building is home to the IRS, the US Department of Labor, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Department, and many other government offices. The design of this massive building was at the hands of another well-known architect of the time, Walter Gropius. Construction began in 1963 and took only three short years to complete.

Check out PART II

Friday, April 10, 2015

TED Talk :: Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by... you.

TED Talk :: Marc Kushner - Why the buildings of the future will be shaped by... you.

"Architecture is not about math or zoning — it's about visceral emotions," says Marc Kushner. In a sweeping — often funny — talk, he zooms through the past thirty years of architecture to show how the public, once disconnected, have become an essential part of the design process. With the help of social media, feedback reaches architects years before a building is even created. The result? Architecture that will do more for us than ever before.

Marc Kushner
With Architizer, an online hub for architecture, Marc Kushner is breaking architecture out of its insular echo chamber and reconnecting the public with buildings.

Why you should listen
Marc Kushner is a practicing architect who splits his time between designing buildings at HWKN, the architecture firm he cofounded, and amassing the world’s architecture on the website he runs, Both have the same mission: to reconnect the public with architecture.

Kushner’s core belief is that architecture touches everyone -- and everyone is a fan of architecture, even if they don’t know it yet. New forms of media empower people to shape the built environment, and that means better buildings, which make better cities, which make a better world. To that end he wrote the TED Book The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings, published in March 2015, to challenge the public to help shape tomorrow's designs.