Thursday, October 8, 2015

ILLUMINUS :: Light. Sound. Spectacle. (10.10)

ILLUMINUS :: Light. Sound. Spectacle.
Saturday, October 10th
6:30 pm – 12:30 am

ILLUMINUS is a nighttime contemporary art event established in Boston’s SoWa Arts District in 2014 and taking place this year on Lansdowne Street. ILLUMINUS features installations and performances by artists who manipulate light, sound, and projection to create an immersive, multi-sensory spectacle. Locally-organized, ILLUMINUS is Boston’s contribution to the global “nuit blanche” movement established in Paris and taking place in cities around the world. Last year, ILLUMINUS attracted a crowd of over 10,000.

This year, the event will take place on:
Saturday, October 10th: 6:30 pm – 12:30 am

The event will take place at various indoor & outdoor locations along Lansdowne Street. For directions, use 82 Lansdowne Street, Boston as a destination.

Illuminus is free and open to the public!
See more info at

ILLUMINUS is hosted by HUBweek (October 3-10), a celebration of the world-changing work, art and thinking being imagined and built in Greater Boston. 

A 'Spooning-Sesh' at the BAC

Section Cut + BAC 'Let's Spoon' Workshop

The Boston Architectural College FabLab kicked off their 'Let’s Spoon!' campaign by teaming up with Section Cut to run a one-day intensive workshop. In this session, students were introduced new making tools and a concept-to-production workflow that led to the crafting of beautiful, functional, hand held objects - spoons! Utilizing a CNC router, the newly renovated BAC Shop, and an impressive 3D scanner, the workshop married both digital fabrication and hand-crafting processes, arming students with the knowledge and confidence to continue their academic careers as makers.

Check out a full gallery from the days process HERE.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Transforming Boston Series :: From Basket Case to Innovation Hub (10.14)

Transforming Boston Series :: From Basket Case to Innovation Hub Program 1—Turning the City Around, 1945–1970
Wednesday October 14

At the end of WWII, Boston faced a dreary economic climate. In response to the drab financial forecast, planners and politicians began to assemble the tools necessary to chart the city’s development which led to the creation of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The broad powers granted to the BRA created one of the most powerful planning agencies in the country. It soon became a crucible for national urban policy. Though the period was economically difficult for many—early plans displaced neighborhoods and created an organized and skeptical population—Boston became the center of some of the most creative planning and architecture in the country.

Lizabeth Cohen, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University
Frank DelVecchio, retired attorney
Mel King, community organizer
David Fixler,EYP

Moderator: Tunney Lee, MIT

We are grateful to our underwriter The Architectural Heritage Foundation (AHF) and our contributors The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) for helping to make these programs possible.

  • The Architectural Heritage Foundation is thrilled to be invited to contribute to MHS’s efforts to understand this critical period of transformation in Boston’s recent past and in particular is providing this support in acknowledgment of the efforts and commitment of its founder, Roger Webb, to the great city of Boston and to helping to turn it around by helping to preserve and save some of the City's most enduring architectural icons.

Non-Profit Partners: 
Boston Architectural College
Architectural Studies Program of the History of Art and Architecture Department at Boston University
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
University of Massachusetts Boston

BAC Homecoming 2015 is THIS Weekend!

The Boston Architectural College will host its second annual Homecoming Weekend on October 9 and 10, 2015. Homecoming is an event for members of the BAC community to reconnect on campus and celebrate the history, evolution, and future of the BAC.

Submit your vote for the winners of this year's Alumni Awards

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 9

  • Investiture CeremonyLocation: Harvard Club, Harvard Hall
    Cost: FREE
  • Investiture ReceptionLocation: Harvard Club, Lobby
    Cost: FREE

Saturday, October 10

  • 8am-2pm Check-In and Registration
    Location: First Floor, 320 Newbury Street

  • 8:30-11:30am Alumni CityLabLocation: Meet at 320 Newbury Street and explore the Back Bay
    Cost: FREE, 20 guest maximum

  • Noon-2pm "The Future of Design Education and the Intersection of Practice and the Academy"
    Lunch and conversation with the BAC's 7th President, Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP, and 2015 AIA National President, Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA
    Location: Cascieri Hall, 320 Newbury Street
    Cost: Students: Free (RSVP required), Alumni: $10 for 2 AIA learning units

  • 2-6pm Mock TrialA new, exciting way to earn your CEUs!
    Location: The Beehive, 951 Boylston Street
    Cost: Free to attend; $30 for 4 HSW learning units

  • 6-8pm Alumni Awards DinnerJoin us for our second annual Alumni Awards dinner, where we will be giving out the awards for Emerging Designer, Selfless Labor, Distinguished Alumni in Service, and Distinguished Alumni in Practice. Don't forget to vote online in advance!
    Location: Algonquin Club, Coolidge and Webster Rooms
    Cost: Alumni: $50, Faculty and Staff: $25

For More information:

Passive House Massachusetts Symposium (10.17)

Passive House Massachusetts Symposium
Saturday, October 17
Boston, MA
Register Now!

Passive House Massachusetts is hosting a Symposium connecting Architects, Builders, Engineers, Home/Building Owners, Policymakers, Real Estate Professionals, Students and the general public.

Keynote Speaker
Matthew A. Beaton, Secretary, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Featured Speakers

  • Ian Finlayson, Manager of Buildings and Climate Programs, MA DOER
  • John Dalzell, Senior Architect, Boston Redevelopment Authority 
  • Marc Rosenbaum, Director of Engineering, South Mountain Company 
  • Katrin Klingenberg, Cofounder/Executive Director PHIUS

Case studies: Brief reviews of a variety of Passive House projects in and around Massachusetts
Breakout sessions: ~10 tables, each with a dedicated discussion topic and moderator
Vendors: Displaying and discussing Passive House related products and services
Coffee & Lunch: Included with registration

Location: District Hall, Innovation District, South Boston

For more details and to Register:

One Day - One Park :: The BAC Students of Park(ing) Day 2015

One Day – One Park 
The BAC Students of Park(ing) Day 2015
By Jess Alpert

One hundred and twenty-six square feet is the size of one metered parking space in Back Bay, Boston.  But by sunrise, Friday September 18th, 2015, one corner of Newbury and Hereford Streets was transformed into a public park. Potted trees and shrubs screened vehicular circulation from a rectangular oasis. Featuring a variety of seating options, the pocket-sized park hosted over one hundred visitors in twelve hours. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, international event where metered parking spaces are transformed into temporary public parks. This year, a group of students from the Boston Architectural College’s student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (SASLA), designed and built a park just outside of their school for the day.

The core planning team included:
Jess Alpert (MLA, SASLA President)
Tom Klein (MLA, SASLA Vice President)
Olivia Fragale (MLA, SASLA Past-President)
Jacob Aaron Ferreira (MLA, SASLA Treasurer)
Jonathan Cave (MLA)
Meredith Juliana (MLA)
Ian Sloane (MLA)

The core planning team with early morning volunteers.
Photo Credit: Tom Klein

The process began last spring when Mark Focht, Past-President of the American Society of Landscape Architects, spoke to the landscape architecture students about his experience as First Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. With Mark’s encouragement, the idea of SASLA’s participation in PARK(ing) Day came into fruition.

A schematic design sketch by Jess Alpert

Gathering a core team of motivated BAC students, SASLA organized a summer charrette to design and plan the event. The process then evolved from prototypes, to collecting materials, to the construction and assembly of a full-scale mock-up in a student’s driveway. To anchor the park, we converted four second-hand planters to benches using reclaimed flooring. Within the benches, we assembled interactive seats using cardboard tubes found at Extras for Creative ReUse, a second-hand craft center in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Red Twig Dogwood shrubs (Cornus sericea) screen automobile traffic on Hereford Street.
Photo Credit: Tom Klein

On the day of, we borrowed two pickup trucks and loaded them with the plants and materials. The potted plants were borrowed from a local landscape designer, Robin Dey of Robin Evans Landscapes. Sue  Angelli, of AGD Landscape Design donated sod left over from a landscaping project. We were also fortunate to have Permaloc Corporation offer to be a generous sponsor – providing funds for materials and being a big help with making sure the volunteers were well fed. We were able to reuse and recycle all of the acquired materials, creating very little waste in the end.

Among the first visitors was a pair of honeybees that arrived just shortly after set-up. We watched in awe as they began pollinating the native North American coneflowers (Echinacea pururea). With this ecological system at work, we felt at ease in the space we had just created. Two women hurrying to start their day asked, “How long will this be here?” Several passersby smiled and one said “Hi, I’m Joe. What is this about?” A cyclist stopped to take a photograph of the unusual while another shouted, “Love it! Reminds me of San Francisco.” By 9am, traffic faded in the background. We took off our shoes to feel blades of grass beneath our feet and we settled into the peaceful pocket park.

Despite urban conditions, a honey bee pollinates the Purple coneflowers (Echinacea pururea) within the park.
Photo Credit: Jess Alpert

Full sun beamed across the park at 10:30am. One of our corner trees created just enough shade for a lucky person who said, “I would not be sitting here if it were not for that tree!” Noon approached and two BAC faculty members enjoyed their lunches in the park. A passerby joked that although we were taking away one of the limited number of parking spaces, “This is certainly much better than construction.”

Full sun filled the park at 10:30am, but it did not last long.
Photo Credit: Jess Alpert

Jess Alpert takes spot temperature readings as Aidan Ackerman and Jonathan Cave enjoy their lunches in the shade.
Photo Credit: Tom Klein

Graphs compare spot temperature readings from the data collected on September 18th.

As the day grew to afternoon, the park was in full shade but it was filled with the brightest smiles. A fellow BAC student, Stephen, noted that the park “Feels like an oasis of serenity within the bustling city, a very clear-head space.” Fernanda, another BAC student, said that she had gone outside to find a place to relax when she unexpectedly saw the park set up. “I thought I would have to go all the way to the Comm. Ave. Mall, but my friend was sitting over here and waved me over.”

A BAC student reads the BSLA field-guide while others discuss the effectiveness of the shrubs to screen traffic.
Photo Credit: Tom Klein

Musicians from the Berkley School of Music, 2Birds Band, were walking by and we asked them to play next to the park. As the instruments came out, the park transformed into a music venue, drawing more and more to stand by when the park was full.

Berkley students of 2Birds Band play an eclectic mix alongside the park.
Photo Credit: Tom Klein

The BAC’s new president, Glen LeRoy, joins the SASLA team for a photo.
Photo Credit: Tom Klein

By early evening, it was common for cars to drive by with the windows down, longingly admiring the park. One said “Looks cool!”, another said, “Looks good!”, and the third said, “Hey, I can’t find a parking space!” A resident approached with what seemed like a sincere concern “This is great but the only problem is that you are taking up a parking space… “ Then shouted, “Just kidding!”

BAC students chat with local residents and their Greyhound companion sharing a bench.
Photo Credit: Jess Alpert

At the end of the day there was a vibrant crowd enjoying the park. The BAC community joined with neighbors and residents. The unique public space made many feel welcome. The future of streets designed for people was the topic of many conversations. Rania, a BAC student exclaimed, “I think this park should be here forever”, and we completely agree. True to the BAC spirit, we are already planning the next park, but this time we hope you will join us! For interested participants, please contact us at

SASLA’s Park(ing) Day 2015 would not have been possible without the unbelievable effort between the BAC students and the Boston community.

Our sincerest thank you to the following individuals: Daniel Martin of Permaloc Corporation, Robin Dey of Robin Evans Landscapes, Sue Angelli of AGD Landscape Design, Extras for Creative ReUse, Mark Focht, moms, dads, siblings and friends. Thank you for lending us a truck, a driveway, helping hands and loving support!

BAC students assemble the park in the designed configuration for the day.
Photo Credit: Tom Klein

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Spread the Word: The Mapparium’s 1935 Grand Opening (10.12)

Spread the Word: The Mapparium’s 1935 Grand Opening
Monday 10.12
Full Schedule

Join The Mary Baker Eddy Library and the other institutions forming the Fenway Cultural District, as we open our doors! Together we’re sharing the exciting creative work of neighborhood artists, musicians, and cultural institutions.

Begin at 10:00 a.m. with a kick-off and parade on the Plaza. Then visit the Library and step back in time to 1935—and the day the Mapparium first opened its doors. Meet architect Chester Lindsay Churchill, played by Daniel Berger-Jones of Cambridge Historical Tours, as he talks about this three-story, stained-glass masterpiece and strolls around the building that houses it. Then immerse yourself in the 1930s, through lindy hop dance performances by the Lindy Bomb Squad, a vintage film, crafting of the era, and much more. 1930’s inspired garb is encouraged, but not required!

An Art Deco-inspired Architect’s Reception, catered by High Tea Caterers, will take place at noon. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.

Library admission will be free all day to the world-famous Mapparium and inspiring Hall of Ideas, as well as all our interactive exhibits. And don’t forget to see our newest exhibit—Portraits of Global Caring. It features inspirational journalism and over 100 drawings by kids from around the world.

Competition :: IES Student Fixture Design Competition

Scholarship :: The Adeline Graves Fournier Prize

Monday, October 5, 2015

SASLA :: Social (10.7)

SASLA Social! 
Wednesday 10.7 @ 7:15pm
The Loft

Join SASLA for our monthly socials! This informal gathering is a networking opportunity where you can connect with and learn from your peers across disciplines at the BAC. We will also discuss upcoming events and opportunities to get involved with both SASLA, and the greater Boston design community. These events are open to all BAC students regardless of major, and refreshments are provided.

7:15pm in The Loft on the first Wednesday of the month.

To get involved with SASLA, e-mail today!