Finally, Boston architecture gets its act together

Boston skyline
Boston Skyline

Boston may finally be getting a dose of good architecture. It’s coming from an unlikely source: a luxury residential developer. And it’s being designed by an unlikely architecture team: one of Boston’s best boutique firms, known among design aficionados everywhere but here.

If this team succeeds in building a distinctive 19-story apartment building on a little infill parcel between Bay Village and Park Square — and in convincing that good design is worth paying for — there’s hope for the city yet.

For years, “Boston architecture” was almost an oxymoron. Broadly speaking, Boston’s developing skyline has been an unsettling display of profound mediocrity. And nowhere was the city’s architecture more mediocre than in the Seaport. The area that should have showcased what a modern urban waterfront neighborhood could be, instead looks like Anywhere, USA — oblivious to its harborside surroundings, unremarkable in every possible way. Those responsible for the design and planning of that neighborhood and its collection of nondescript squat buildings — with rare exceptions such as the Moakley Courthouse and the ICA — should be publicly flogged in the Common.

Because the city has lacked any interest in good architecture, Boston’s finest designers have had to go elsewhere to get work. Tamara Roy, a principal at Stantec and former president of Boston Society of Architects (BSA), acknowledged that Boston developers typically excluded the region’s design-focused firms, saying that they got “traction working outside of Boston before they could get decent commissions here.” […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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