Air Rights

Construction over air rights parcels offers the potential triple benefit of increasing density in prime locations, concealing unsightly and noisy infrastructures, and establishing connections in the public realm. In Boston, there are 23 rights parcels along I-90 (aka. the Mass Pike or Turnpike) that, despite several attempts, are yet to be developed. Why?

This book is the result of research conducted by ten students in the Master’s Research Studio at Northeastern University School of Architecture.

Their research was aimed at analyzing and understanding the underlying causes of these 23 vacant parcels and the possibilities for future development. They also question the assumptions about air rights developments to “stitch the city back together.”