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

April 2017
Renee Loth
Editor, Architecture Boston

Welcome to the Boston Architecture Diary (BAD), your one-stop clearinghouse for area events related to architecture and design. Here you’ll find the rich array of lectures, exhibitions, tours and conferences – many of them free, and all of them open to the public – that celebrate the Boston area’s architectural heritage and introduce cutting-edge thinking about the built and natural environment.

The bard has dubbed April “the cruelest month,” and perhaps it is if a person is trying to decide among the surfeit of offerings on our spring calendar. I’ve found a select few that highlight the broad ways architecture affects our everyday lives, touching on matters of equity, sustainability, open space, and art. In other words, it’s not just about the buildings.

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Monday April 3, 12:45-1:45 pm @ Harvard’s GSD
Is historic preservation a way to keep out ‘the unwashed?” Join a frank examination of the relationship between preserving landmark buildings and gentrification. This lecture and discussion, part of Harvard’s Critical Conservation Collquia, will be held at the Graduate School of Design’s Gund Hall.

Opening Thursday April 6 @ Boston Athenaeum
Contemporary works on paper from the Athenaeum’s prints and photographs collection document a wide array of artistic responses to New England’s built and natural environments.

April 8, 9am-5pm: Nocturnal Landscapes @ Harvard’s GSD
In much of the Arab world, public life takes place after dark, in the cool of the evenings. This all-day conference will discuss the cultural uses of night-time landscapes and public spaces, and how to design for life after dark. Supported by the Aga Kahn program in Islamic Architecture. 


April 8, 2 pm: “Slow Art Day” @ the deCordova Sculpture park and Museum
Join an international movement to slow down and deeply enjoy art and sculpture with this facilitated discussion of the deCordova’s treasures. 

Wednesday April 12, 6pm James Timberlake @the BAC
The award-winning firm Kiernan-Timberlake explores novel uses of building material in the search for carbon neutrality and other sustainability practices. Partner James Timberlake will discuss the relationship among process, craft, and form. 


April 27, 3pm: The Architecture of Refugees @ MIT
How can the architecture and design community respond to the worldwide crisis of displaced persons? It is an ethical as well as a technical question, and this workshop will explore challenges and obligations in the realm of human rights.


Ongoing in April: Boston Public Library art and architecture tours
Free, volunteer-led tours of the McKim building, including treasured murals by John Singer Sargent and sculptures by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French.



April 2017
Renee Loth
Editor, Architecture Boston