Makerspace

In researching this book, we did a cursory examination of hundreds of makerspaces across the country and then a more focused set of four detailed case studies. We found that of the makerspaces we examined each involved some element of education, community, and tools. Each makerspace deployed some combination of these three elements in order […]

Home Work

PREMEDITATED CONSTRUCTION: The architect plays a crucial role in understanding and executing efficient pre-construction design tactics.
DELIVERY SYSTEMS: Efficient transportation and deployment of prefabricated housing units from their point of fabrication to final site is paramount.
SITE RESPONSE: Understanding on-site unit relationships and measuring success in assembly techniques helps inform future design iterations.

Mass Modular

Third in a series of Graduate Research Studios focused on Modular Housing Delivery focused on the transfer and translation of instruments of planning and management from industrial engineering to architectural projection during the first half of the twentieth century.

The District Commons Guidebook

The District Commons Guidebook is a programmatic and architectural toolkit for the underperforming Main Streets of Boston. Our solution is a new model for mixed-use public buildings tied to other consolidated community amenities, including bus stops, Hubway stations, playgrounds, and a weekly farmers’ market. District Commons will provide a welcoming “third place” that can be the center of civic and community life.

Accessorizing Boston: Volume 1 + Volume 2

The Architect’s, Planner’s, and Policy Maker’s Guide to Implementing Accessory Dwelling Units in Boston. Like many growing metropolitan areas across the country, Boston’s rapid population expansion has put considerable strain on the city’s existing housing stock. Availability of affordable options for many residents continues to shrink as both rents and home sales surge. This Graduate Research Studio has been organized to explore […]

Design + the Resilient City

This studio explored sustainable urbanism in the Boston region by investigating the potential impacts of sea level rise on open space systems, built form, transportation networks, and regional economic forces. Building on group research and analysis exercises, students generated individual design-research projects around the themes of proactive and resilient built environments. Research and design proposals […]

Retail Medical Clinics

Innovation in Urban Health Care / Matthew Littell (plus experts from Gensler, Partners Healthcare, and CVS) Building on the inaugural Healthcare Innovation design studio in 2013-14, the School of Architecture is continuing in its multi-year project around research and invention in how and where Americans receive their healthcare services in the new era of near universal coverage. […]

The Dynamic Highrise

High-rise Studio: How Tall Buildings Meet the Ground / Carlos Zapata, with Dan Belknap The 2014-15 High-rise Studio focuses on the way that tall buildings meet the ground, with “ground” understood a) as a place for structural support, b) as a natural or built surface that visually complements the building, c) as the enclosure of services and […]