Community Strategies for Sustainable Development

Insight Design People

As a participant on the BSA’s Committee for the Advancement of Sustainability, I wanted to share some information about a free forum on June 19th. The committee promotes a sustainable agenda beyond the immediate focus of architectural practice, and engages other organizations in a dialogue that promotes sustainable principles. This year our task has been to organize a forum which will focus on empowering municipalities across Massachusetts to develop sustainable strategies for buildings, infrastructure, and planning…

Reflections on the Living with Water Charrette

Insight

I had the privilege of acting as co-chair for one of the four sites in the ULI Living with Water: The Urban Implications Charette. This event provided an opportunity for a broad range of professionals with diverse expertise to discuss and strategize resiliency strategies related to sea level rise and inland flooding. The goal of the event was to develop real strategies related to planning, design, and public policy to address ongoing and future impacts of climate change…

Making Spaces Work …Overtime

People

On Thursday April 10th, 2014, I will be joining a panel at the Making Spaces Work …Overtime concurrent session at the Urban Land Institute’s Spring Meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The session will take place from 2:45pm – 4:00pm…

Worcester’s Transformation in the Globe

Insight Construction

The latest article in the Boston Globe profiles the transformative nature of our CitySquare project in Worcester. Many of the topics discussed in this article go back to our initial discussions for the urban design approach to this project nearly 10 years ago. While the reconnection of the street network and the redevelopment of the urban streetscape seem like obvious goals, the realization of those goals required a complex partnership between our design team, developers, and the community. Arrowstreet is proud of what has been accomplished in downtown Worcester, and looks forward to the next phases of the CitySquare project and its significant impacts on the revitalization of New England’s second largest city.

The Alewife Greenway Bike Path

Inspiration

There’s a recently opened section of bike path that connects Mystic Valley Parkway in Arlington to the Red Line at Alewife. The stretch I use on my way to work parallels Route 16 as it passes by Dilboy Stadium just along the western edge of Alewife Brook on its way to Broadway on the Somerville line. It exists in an interesting urban boundary zone…

3-D Printed Models at ABX

Design Studio

Among all of the other interesting things that will be going on at the Architecture Boston Expo (ABX) this week, National Reprographics (NRI) is holding a 3D-printed model contest as part of the event’s 3D Printing Pavilion. The model contest involved the design of a 5,000-seat performance space on an ambiguous “waterfront” site. It wasn’t a lot to go on as far as real-world design problems go, but that was actually a nice change because it left a lot of details up to the imagination. Once designed, contestants were to submit a digital model file to NRI so that it could be printed for the ABX show…

Micro-units and Urban Living

Insight Design

Earlier this past spring, I attended a lecture given by The Center for Real Estate and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) entitled “Micro-Housing: Rethinking Urban Living.” As the third event in the Building Boston 2030 series, the lecture was co-sponsored by Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School and the GBREB, and comprised a robust, well informed panel including the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s Chief Planner Kairos Shen.

Anyone in or around the design, construction, and real estate development of urban housing in Boston can tell you the current hot topic on the street is micro-units…

Revere Beach Redevelopment:
Then and Now

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Revere Beach is undergoing a major revitalization. Arrowstreet is currently working on several projects in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, including the master planning and design of Waterfront Square, a transit-oriented, mixed-use development on 8.8 acres of oceanfront land surrounding the Wonderland MBTA station. Several components of Waterfront Square have recently been completed, including the South Parking Garage and Intermodal Station, the Markey Memorial Bridge, and a broad civic plaza. We’re also currently working on the DCR Beach Support and Public Facility and on a multifamily housing development. Our planning and design for Waterfront Square will create new economic activity in the area with greater pedestrian connection, organized vehicular access, and an enhanced public beach front and open view corridors to the water.

Revere Beach has a rich and varied history, which we explored as part of our planning process to understand and learn from the past.

Rails and Trails

Insight

For the past seven years, I’ve lived with my family in a small house that abuts a long abandoned spur of railroad tracks in Somerville, MA. The tracks have had a colorful history, as they used to serve a factory that manufactured paper products, construction supplies, and root beer at various points in its history. We’ve also heard stories from former residents that circus trains used to park on the tracks overnight before their trips into Boston. So lions, tigers, and elephants may have been transient residents of our backyard…

George Tremblay at the
ULI Lawrence TAP

Design Inspiration

The Lawrence Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) was featured in the Eagle Tribune yesterday. George Tremblay took part in this open discussion about revitalizing the mill city of Lawrence, part of a series sponsored by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and MassDevelopment. The article covers some of the challenges inherent in working with former mill cities: environmental remediation, parking shortages, and historical designations, just to name a few!

Designing for Food at the Architecture Boston Expo

Insight People

I will be a panelist at the Architecture Boston Expo this year for the “Designing for Food” workshop on November 16th at 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM. We look forward to a lively discussion about the challenges and opportunities of planning, designing, and operations for urban agriculture. The workshop abstract is below…

ULI TAP: Revitalizing Pittsfield

Design Inspiration People

I recently had the honor and enjoyment to participate in the ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) in Pittsfield, MA. Under the leadership of the Urban Land Institute’s Boston District Council and with support from MassDevelopment, the TAP convened on March 29th of this year, bringing together stakeholders, City and community leaders, and a panel of land use and development professionals for a day-long session focused on opportunities for redeveloping Pittsfield’s West Street Corridor and strengthening connections between that area and the City’s increasingly thriving North Street downtown spine…

Worcester News Tonight
on CitySquare

Construction Inspiration

I recently spoke to Katelyn Tivnan of Worcester News Tonight about CitySquare and the development opportunities in Worcester. The footage aired last night and is shared here with you.

Wisconsin Place

Wins ICSC Award

Studio
WisP_award

We’re pleased to announce that Arrowstreet was a Silver Award winner at this year’s ICSC Design and Development Awards with Wisconsin Place in the category of “Innovative Design and Development of a New Project”…

Arrowstreet Design Forums

Design Inspiration Studio People

Each month, AST holds an in-house Design Forum where we get together as a firm and discuss relevant design related topics. The forums provide a great outlet for critiquing current and completed AST projects as well as discussing general topics important to the design community…

ULI TAP: Jefferson
Street Extension

Insight Design

I will be participating in a ULI TAP (Technical Assistance Panel) on October 11 in Fall River. The panel has been asked to examine the Jefferson Street Extension, comprised of several redeveloped mills and privately owned property zoned for industry. The Fall River Office of Economic Development (FROED) has marketed the area for a variety of uses and is looking for suggestions on how to best package these parcels for highest and best use.

Abu Dhabi Project Underway

Insight Construction Design

Progress is being made on a major Abu Dhabi project – these photos depict how Shams Abu Dhabi is taking shape. Arrowstreet was part of an international team of designers to create this major waterfront development…