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 […]


Industrialized Housing Delivery Ecologies / Ivan Rupnik For much of the last century architects have ‘dreamed of a factory made home’, designed according to their specifications. Meanwhile the building industry has industrialized according to its own logics, with nearly 25% of all residential construction in the US being classified as ‘modular’ or ‘prefabricated’. Using a […]

Beacon Yards: De Novo Urbanism

The Beacon Yards: De Novo Urbanism Research Studio focused on the urban design issues raised by MassDOT’s proposal for the redesign of the Allston/Cambridge interchange of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston. After studying the complexities surrounding the site, ten graduate students worked with Tim Love to produce a comprehensive master plan for land owned by […]