Every month architects and industry insiders share their recommendations for the best exhibitions and events to visit in Boston.
April is always an exciting time of year with new growth and newly minted (or soon to be) graduates. I’m looking forward to hosting a wide range of guest critics and the greater community at our Master of Architecture final reviews at Wentworth on April 9 and 10, from 9am-6pm in Watson Auditorium. Please join us to see the considered and courageous work of our graduate students. Founded as a school "to furnish education in the mechanical arts (for men)," Wentworth now holds university status with six graduate programs and a new building under construction designed by Boston’s award-winning women-owned Leers Weinzapfel Associates.
Similar themes of history and inclusive future growth play a role in the events featured on this month's Boston Architecture Diary. The Imagine Boston 2030 masterplan provides the framework for a panel discussion on access and equity. Equitable Boston: Design, Development, and Access to Opportunity, is sponsored by the BSA and BSA Foundation, and the Dream Collaborative, and is scheduled for 5:30pm on April 9 at Hibernian Hall, Roxbury.
The Fifth Annual Boston Design Week, organized by Fusco & Four/Ventures runs April 4 – 15. Boston is now a member of World Design Weeks, joining a list of cities that includes Barcelona, Helsinki, and Tokyo, in which a design festival provides a platform for knowledge sharing and exchange. Events for Boston include the historic preservation focus of the Boston City Hall Open House, organized by the Boston Landmarks Commission at 5:30 pm on April 12. Climate change and sea level rise will be the topics of the Planning for Change discussion at The American Meteorological Society on April 10 at 3pm. See http://www.bostondesignweek.com/ for many other free programs for all ages and interests.
Don’t miss the current citywide partnership of arts and educational institutions which focuses on the history and development of technology. This initiative links concurrent exhibitions and performances across the greater Boston region and as part of the current show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, on view now through May 20. Another component of the initiative is housed at one of Boston’s most venerable institutions, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which has a new (albeit temporary) addition. MIT’s newly appointed director of the ACT program Judith Barry has a new installation gracing the Renzo Piano building façade that features a collage of drone photographs that capture refugees’ upward turned faces. On view through June.
The month wraps up with a day-long symposium that ties together the city’s rich history and a potentially progressive future, by examining the relationship of preservation and affordability through the lens of Boston’s iconic triple-decker. Titled Preserving Affordability, Affording Preservation: Prospects for Historic Multi-family Housing, this event is sponsored by Historic New England (9-6 on April 27 at All-Saints Church, Dorchester) and features speakers from a variety of disciplines under the banner “where affordable housing meets historic preservation.”