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It’s easy to love Boston in the summertime! The city is bursting with life from al fresco dining on the waterfront, to the reanimation of Downtown Crossing, and the festivals and farmers markets throughout Boston’s neighborhoods. It’s the perfect time to get out and explore the city you thought you new to find undiscovered nooks and crannies and rediscover areas that have new life.
It’s also the perfect time to appreciate that this vibrancy doesn’t happen automatically. This month marks the end of an 18-month-long citywide visioning process to challenge residents and city officials to consider what Boston should look like in 2030, its quadricentennial year. Hear the findings and celebrate the Imagine 2030 plan on July 11 in Upham’s Corner. Just a week later, on July 18, the ICA will host Maurice Cox, a city planner for the City of Detroit, who will discuss Detroit’s efforts to use design to aid in urban recovery, redevelopment and resiliency. Surely there’s much to learn and apply to revisioning efforts here in Boston and across the country.
Urban planning is hardly a practice of our modern era. On July 20 Boston By Foot will invite walkers to see Boston through the eyes of early architect and urban planner, Charles Bulfinch, on their Boston By Bulfinch walking tour. Bulfinch, perhaps best known as the architect of the 1798 Massachusetts State House and many of Boston’s civic and residential buildings of the period, was also responsible for creating designs for the Bulfinch Triangle and the Tontine Crescent, some of Boston’s early planning projects.
As much as we love the liveliness of Boston, July is also a great time to escape the bustle. Historic New England provides plenty of opportunities to explore the more pastoral suburbs around Boston’s urban ring. This month they offer unique tours to discover the interior design of two of their most popular properties. Spend an evening at the Gropius House in Lincoln to see the creator of Bauhaus’s innovative lighting scheme in use, or dig into the Nooks and Crannies at Beauport in Gloucester to see the detail work of Henry Davis Sleeper, America’s first professional interior designer.
Whether you spend your summer in the thick of Boston’s living urban center, or in the leafy suburbs, you’ll know that design - in the form of a big urban vision or the clever interior - is all around you.