A new BSA Urban Design Workshop took place on March 30, exploring solutions to Mayor Walsh’s housing initiative. The evening included an introduction to the scope of and goals for the 3-day workshop, followed by a diverse panel discussion moderated by Renée Loth, editor of ArchitectureBoston magazine. The panel tackled issues of housing, the redevelopment of brownfield districts that still contain vital businesses, and other issues germane to the design challenge. The Housing Urban Design Workshop is the second in an ongoing series of urban design workshops that follow a similar format of a public panel discussion, closed-door professional team charrettes, and a public presentation of the teams’ ideas. This workshop applies the housing topic to sites along Dorchester Avenue (between the Broadway and Andrew MBTA Red Line stops). Four interdisciplinary design teams, led by Brian Healy FAIA, Eric Höweler AIA, Beth Whittaker AIA, and the BSA Emerging Professionals Network, will create innovative site proposals. Forthcoming workshop topics include the future of the workplace and the urban realm. Part Two: Rethinking Boston’s Housing Stock
BIO: Renee Loth
Renée Loth is the former Editor of the Editorial page of _The Boston Globe_. Loth also served as the Globe’s political editor, as presidential campaign reporter, State House bureau reporter and week-in-review writer. She is a frequent contributor to local and national news panels and a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum and vice-chair of the board of PEN-New England, which promotes literacy and free expression worldwide. Loth was a Goldsmith fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy. She received her journalism degree from Boston University.
BIO: Tim Love
Tim Love is the current president of the BSA and the founding principal of Utile. Love’s primary focus is the relationship between individual works of architecture and the larger city – both through his work as an architect and urban designer.