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

December 2018
Anthony Sparandara AIA
Principal of ASK Design/Build

December in Boston is cold, if the snow is not already here it’s coming, and our calendars are blocked with the dreaded 5-day in-law visit. We at ASK design/build spend a lot of our time outside and are of the mindset that the cold makes you stronger. So, put on your boots, get out the door, and explore all the city’s offerings... Just remember to jump over the slushy puddles.


Early in the month, why not get your hands dirty and take a stab at making a gingerbread house! There are many gingerbread themed events for adults and kids alike. One to try is the Gingerbread House Workshop at Field’s Corner Branch of the Boston Library.  If you want to see how you stack up against the professionals, come and check out the BSA Space's 7th Annual Gingerbread Design Competition on December 18.  I’ll be there as a guest judge, trying my hardest not to sample the entries.


On the gift front, I am always looking for interesting books, which means a stop by the BSA Foundation Book Sale. It is hard not to get side tracked and if you are anything like me you will end up with a few gifts for yourself as well. There are also many local holiday markets to peruse and shop at this season.  I’m especially looking forward to Boston Public Market’s first ever Holiday CR[EAT]OR Market with a focus on local artisan and their crafts.  Other pop-ups providing many unique gifts opportunities are the South Boston Holiday Market and the Cambridge Holiday Market.


While the wind is whipping off the water, jump into the ICA to catch William Forsythe: Choreograph Objects.  What could be more enjoyable than preparing for 2019 by climbing rings?  A short walk away the BSA Space is currently exhibiting the winners of the annual design awards at their gallery space on Congress Street. Boards of this year’s winning projects are on display, and the projects range in scale from urban masterplans to neighborhood restaurants and bars.


Even though school is almost out, university lectures and events still run through the new year.  I am looking forward to catching the final performance of the space/dance studio at MIT, Dancing About Architecture.  The work brings together visual artists, composers, writers, and dance makers for a singular performance. 


Don the ugly sweater, get the egg nog to go, ditch the relatives (or better yet bring them along), and enjoy the many offerings of the design community this month.  Happy Holidays!

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