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

October 2018
Meghan Melvin
Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Curator of Design
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

With fall comes change. These early days of autumn are ideal for exploring in and around Boston. Whether you love traditional fall activities, or prefer seeking out new perspectives, let yourself by surprised and inspired by programs and discussions that take you in unexpected directions. No matter if your interests lie in the past, present, or beyond - there are many ways to engage with your city and be renewed.

With Massachusetts leading the charge in adopting an integrated statewide strategy for climate change adaptation, get an in-depth local perspective by attending the first of two Designing Climate Resilience Forums exploring resiliency and adaptation on a city level.


For a very different kind of leaf peeping, visit the intriguingly named Hemlock Hospice. Presented by Harvard Forest, site specific sculpture installations and a related exhibition by Bullard Fellow David Buckley Borden focus on the disappearance of the eastern hemlock due to climate change.    


Intersections between medicine, architecture and history are highlighted inPicture of Health: Untold Medical Histories in Boston's House Museums, a single-day opportunity to visit four significant historic house museums, organized by the House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston


Looking to go far beyond the Freedom Trail?  Take advantage of an opportunity to learn more about Boston's graffiti art, one of the most freeing and visible forms of artistic expression. Put on some comfortable walking shoes and join the Boston Street Art and Graffiti Walking Tour to experience a different kind of revolution.


Wondering what to wear for Halloween? Consider donning a cape as a hero (or villain!) for Canstruction 2018, one of the most fun and family-friendly exhibitions of the year and attend the Family Design Day inspired by the theme that proves that it’s never too early to introduce kids to the wonders of the built environment.  


And before you head out to trick or treat, seek inspiration and learn from IIDA CEO Cheryl Durst as she presents Every Where Has A Why...The Future of Design and Its Impact on Global Culture.

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