Shepley Bulfinch is excited to be participating in the Urban Innovation Festival July 29-31, a 3-day urban design hack-a-thon organized by the Design Museum Boston. The Shepley Bulfinch team will be one of ten teams thinking about solutions for the MassDot Infra-Space 1, the area beneath I-93 that links Southie and the South End.
Gearing up for next weekend, a Pre-Festival Celebration and presentation was held Thursday night July 21st at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center along the Charles River in Cambridge, MA. Microsoft, along with Autodesk, Artplace, Essential, Viber, MOO and GTI Properties, are major sponsors of the event. The evening started with a presentation by MassDot’s Robin Blatt-Eisengart on the history of the Infra-Space 1, an area that had only been used for highway operations until 2014 when they initiated a program to do something about this vacuous space sucking the vitality from the surrounding urban areas. Dan Adams, Founding Principal at Landing Studio, then spoke about how they were hired to provide a landscape design for a portion of the Infra-Space 1 area. Their flexible design will enable the area to be used for multiple events even with thousands of cars passing overhead every day. The presentation was rounded out by an introduction to the judges along with the various community advisors who would be working with the design teams next weekend.
Design teams will be judged by two criteria: 1) How easy is the design to implement? And 2) how much will the design impact and activate the space? The Shepley Bulfinch team can’t wait to show the world how this very challenged urban space can be activated through great design! Follow along with our team on social media with the hashtag #FinchesUrbanInno.
- Christina Long