Civic Rooms for Rent

The work of the Fall 2011 Research Studio at Northeastern University is only a first attempt to uncover the complex industry that designs, manages, and markets civic rooms for rent. This was achieved in three ways:

1. Through guided tours of conference spaces in Boston – led by the people responsible for marketing and operating the spaces.

2. By looking at the complex history of multipurpose meeting spaces – starting with Boston’s Faneuil Hall (first built in 1728).

3. By analyzing paradigmatic and canonical “great rooms” – to better understand the architectonic opportunities for meeting spaces beyond their functionality as determined by the codification of their industry.