Every month architects and industry insiders share their recommendations for the best exhibitions and events to visit in Boston.
August is the perfect month to rediscover Boston’s architectural past and reflect on the city we’re building for tomorrow with Boston Architecture Diary events. Now + There’s latest installation, Open House by Boston-native Liz Glynn sets the stage for this conversation asking who has access to space in a society that is increasingly divided along socio-economic lines. Located on Commonwealth Ave Mall, Kenmore Square, in a neighborhood facing rapid development, this 26-piece contemporary revision of a Gilded-Age ballroom features cast concrete recreations of Louis XIV furniture and beckons us to take a seat and linger.
Glynn, a Harvard alum and the daughter of an engineer, was influenced by Le Corbusier and the layers of historically engineered spaces in her hometown. See Boston through Glynn’s lens on a tour of the iconic Carpenter Center Building (Le Corbusier’s only building in North America) on August 3 and on August 12, or join Boston by Foot for Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered.
On August 16, celebrate the culmination of Artist For Humanities’ community-engaged project highlighting waterfront issues at Create the People’s Harbor on A Street Park. Continue shaping the conversation on August 23 with the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center and Trust for Public Land at a panel addressing how cities can achieve equitable access to open spaces.
And wrap up the month touring one of Boston’s hidden gems (and site of a future Now + There project), Upham’s Corner on August 29. Guided by the City’s Imagine Boston 2030 plan, Upham’s is poised to be a model for equitable and inclusive redevelopment.