Every month architects and industry insiders share their recommendations for the best exhibitions and events to visit in Boston.

September 2017
Sam Aquillano
Executive Director
Design Museum Foundation

Summer is winding down, but that’s okay—September is when Boston comes alive! Hundreds of thousands of students descend on our city, bringing their youthful, curious energy along with them. I’d argue Fall is the best time of year in New England. So get out there and check out some design-focused events and exhibitions!


I’m very excited for two events we’re planning at Design Museum Boston for September. Join us on September 15 at 8:30am for one of our Design Museum Mornings—this is a monthly lecture series featuring a local thought leader for a breakfast presentation and conversation. In September, we have Dan Adams of Landing Studio presenting his work and expertise in ecologic architecture—going beyond designing discrete buildings and designing for one interconnected environment. This event will be at Northeastern University’s new ISEC building.


On September 21, we’ve gathered an expert panel for one of our evening UNITE panel discussions.The topic is designing resilient cities, and will be moderated by Jennifer Aliber of Shepley Bulfinch. As population increases and our climate continues to change, we need to create cities that are adaptable in the face of stress. Join us for this important discussion at Shepley Bulfinch’s office in the seaport at 6:30pm.


There are two really great exhibitions happening this month that I wanted to call out. The first is at the BSA Space, titled: The New Inflatable Moment. I know the curators well, Mary Hale and Katarzyna Balug are experts in inflatable structures—they’ve pulled together amazing examples of inflatable architecture, art, and more. You’ll love it! Plus if you’ve never been to the BSA Space, September is a great time to check it out!


Lastly, one of my favorite permanent exhibitions has been redesigned and reopened at the MIT Museum: Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson. Ganson’s sculptures are in constant motion—they’re mesmerizing like nothing else. I’ve spent hours in that gallery and I can’t wait to see the newly imagined exhibit. Press a pedal, turn a crank, and see these objects come to life!


Enjoy every minute of September in Boston and explore all that our amazing architecture and design community has to offer! See you out there!


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