Start your ovens…2016 Gingerbread is here.

Now in its fifth year, the 2016 CDRC Gingerbread Design Competition, Exhibition, + Auction is a fun and tasty way to highlight the extraordinary talents of some of Boston’s top architects, to challenge the designers to explore a new medium, and to raise funds for CDRC programs.

Architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, and urban planning firms, individuals, and students are invited to bake their interpretations of the 2016 theme:  “Boston, You’re My Home.”

Many cooks welcome.  Please join us!

Essential 2016 Dates:

November 4—Open call for participants issued
December 1—Registration deadline
December 7—Gingerbread creations dropped off at BSA Space by firms
December 12—Gingerbread exhibition opens at BSA Space; auction open
December 17—Family Design Day: Gingerbread
December 19—Reception
January 2—Exhibition closes at BSA Space; firms pick up their creations

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The “rules.”

  1.  All components must be edible.
  2. Battery-powered LED lighting counts as edible.
  3. The gingerbread house must arrive on a 18″x18″ base (tin foil-covered plywood preferred) — (This is the size of the gallery display stands).

That’s it!

Heights are limited only by your imagination, and the material limits of the medium.

Creative interpretations of the theme are enthusiastically encouraged.

Come visit…Not yet, but SOON.

Starting December 12, all houses will be on view at BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston.

The galleries at BSA Space are free and open to the public daily.

Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm

Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

These sweet houses work hard…

For one mighty week, from December 12-19, this event will also serve as a fundraising AUCTION.  It works like a people’s choice:  the house that gathers the greatest grand total of donations ‘wins’ the competition and gets to take home the coveted Golden Spatula. The house that gathers the greatest number of bids — of any amount — is declared victorious.

ALL BIDS COUNT!  All bids directly benefit 2017 CDRC programs, and are tax-deductible.  Bids of any amount (in $5 increments) are welcome.  In advance — Thank you.

 

THANK YOU to the designers, firms and groups who are already baking.  We can’t wait to see what they cook up!

There’s always more room in the kitchen…  Please join us!

For more info, CONTACT grabinkin@architects.org OR 617 391 4024

 

For a glimpse of what entrants cooked up in prior years:

Click to see more from 2015, including the winning entry by Finegold Alexander & Associates.

Click to see the winning 2014 entry by Finegold Alexander & Associates.

Click to see a gallery of all 2014 entries.

Click to see the winning 2013 entry — also by Finegold Alexander & Associates…(do you see a theme?).

(Will they do it again in 2016, or is time for a new team to take home the Golden Spatula???  We need you!)

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What can I do to make my home more resilient?

We hear this question a lot these days. As Boston area residents learn more about projected sea level rise and related extreme temperatures, a natural next step is to turn to that domain we can (mostly) control:  our homes. Homes — apartments, condos, triple deckers, and the like — are the essential building blocks of our neighborhoods. And most were built decades, if not centuries, before we had inklings of climate change. What’s a forward-looking resident (renter or owner) to do?

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Our beloved BAC “Huxtable Fellow” students have been on the ground in East Boston the past four months, analyzing predictions and compiling research, listening carefully to residents and their real situations, and looking closely at the real buildings where we live.  In deep collaboration with the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) and ULI’s “TAP” process, the Huxtables created a menu of actions that regular citizens might take to make their homes more resilient, and shared these ideas during a June neighborhood meeting.

See a pdf of their presentation here:  BAC Huxtables Resiliency Workshop

 

 

Building Resilience in East Boston

Growing from work begun at the 2014 ABX Living with Water design charrette, the CDRC is leading a group of six “Huxtable Fellows” from the Boston Architectural College in collaboration with NOAH (the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, an East Boston-based CDC) and ULI Boston (the Urban Land Institute) in community supported resiliency planning in East Boston.  NOAH and ULI are working together this year on a Kresge Foundation-funded initiative to help this neighborhood prepare for climate change and sea level rise, especially recognizing shared, community-scale infrastructure and long term vision.  The CDRC/Huxtable work joins this effort at the immediate, grassroots scale.  With a particular focus on one- to four-unit wood frame and masonry structures, the undergraduate and graduate students are creating analytical maps to see which areas are most vulnerable to rising seas, and then going out in the field to survey buildings and talk with residents and small business owners.

The Huxtables are talking with renters and owners, builders and real estate agents, youth and the elderly to develop a personal as well as analytical understanding of neighborhood needs and priorities.  Ultimately, they will create a menu of actions that residents can take TODAY to make their homes and businesses more resilient in the face of sea level rise, extreme heat and cold: the extreme weather associated with climate change.

Please join us as the Huxtables share drafts in a community workshop: 

6pm, June 10, 2015 at the East Boston branch library.

This is funded in part by the BSA Foundation.

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Building resilience in East Boston

Growing from work begun at the 2014 ABX Living with Water design charrette, the CDRC is leading a group of six “Huxtable Fellows” from the Boston Architectural College in collaboration with NOAH (the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, an East Boston-based CDC) and ULI Boston (the Urban Land Institute) in community supported resiliency planning in East Boston.  NOAH and ULI are working together this year on a Kresge Foundation-funded initiative to help this neighborhood prepare for climate change and sea level rise, especially recognizing shared, community-scale infrastructure and long term vision.  The CDRC/Huxtable work joins this effort at the immediate, grassroots scale.  With a particular focus on one- to four-unit wood frame and masonry structures, the undergraduate and graduate students are creating analytical maps to see which areas are most vulnerable to rising seas, and then going out in the field to survey buildings and talk with residents and small business owners.

The Huxtables are talking with renters and owners, builders and real estate agents, youth and the elderly to develop a personal as well as analytical understanding of neighborhood needs and priorities.  Ultimately, they will create a menu of actions that residents can take TODAY to make their homes and businesses more resilient in the face of sea level rise, extreme heat and cold: the extreme weather associated with climate change.

Please join us as the Huxtables share drafts in a community workshop: 

6pm, June 10, 2015 at the East Boston branch library.

This is funded in part by the BSA Foundation.

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Congratulations Finegold Alexander!

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After a heated bidding battle, Finegold Alexander captured the coveted Golden Spatula for a second year in a row with their handsome gingerbread entry, “Two if by Sea” (the Old North Church).  Connor Architecture and their stunning State House gave them a run for their money until the final moments.

Congratulations Finegold Alexander!

Thank you Connor Architecture!

And an enormous THANK YOU to all of our bidders and bakers — you have made this year a tremendous success.  The gingerbread auction raised over $7,000 — more than double last year’s event, and, most importantly, this allows us to look at expanding our work in 2015.

Thank you.
The houses will stay on view at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston) through the holidays.  Open daily 10am-6pm (closed on Christmas Day), free and open to the public.

Happy Holidays!

 

Thank you TBHA, Sasaki, + Sea Change

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A special thank you to our partners and sponsors:  The charrette was created in close collaboration with The Boston Harbor Association, in close concert with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the City of Boston, and the Boston Living with Water International Design Competition planning team, and was sponsored by Sasaki.  Not only did Sasaki provide tasty fuel for the feverish charrette activity, but also they shared their immensely valuable research from Sea Change and Designing with Water.  The Urban Land Institute, the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, and Eskew + Dumez + Ripple all shared copies of their recent resiliency reports, too.

Thank you.

 

A standing-room-only crowd envisioned Boston Living with Water at the ABX Design Charrette

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Thank you to the 120+ architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, scientists, students, public officials, and urban leaders who donated their afternoon on October 29 — the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy — to thinking about how three different Boston sites might be reconfigured to accommodate rising seas AND encourage vibrant, beautiful communities.

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Twelve teams tackled three different sites, chosen because they represent a range of different conditions and design opportunities:  (from north to south)

Liberty Plaza, near Central Square, East Boston;

the public plaza at Long Wharf, Downtown Boston/North End;

Joe Moakely Park, South Boston.

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The Living with Water design COMPETITION, launched the same day, asks entrants to focus on a similar spectrum of representative sites along the Boston Harbor.  The charrette and competition are designed to complement each other, and both encourage “Living with Water” ideas.  That is, not to wall off sea level rise, nor retreat, but instead imagine ways in which chronic flooding might be incorporated into an urban setting.

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In 2015, the CDRC will develop neighborhood workshops based on ideas from the design charrette.  We will pilot this in East Boston, working with Chris Marchi and the youth of the Chelsea Creek Action Group at NOAH, supported by a grant from the BSA Foundation.

Please join us – October 29, 1-4pm +

Calling all Boston-area designers, scientists, activists, and citizens —

Please join us for the CDRC’s third annual public design charrette at ArchitectureBoston Expo.  This year’s topic:

LIVING WITH WATER

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It’s a familiar refrain: if Superstorm Sandy had hit a few hours earlier (or later), Boston would have flooded all the way to City Hall.  Seas are rising, storm severity is increasing, and coastal cities need to grapple with an increasingly wet world.

“Living With Water” resilient design, popularized in The Netherlands and elsewhere, is part of the solution. On Sandy’s second anniversary, join us for a hands-on design workshop to imagine how a future, wetter Boston will be different–and maybe even better.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

charrette kickoff:  1pm

reception & team presentations: 4pm

ABX session SB2

part of ArchitectureBoston Expo

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall C

415 Summer Street, Boston, MA  02210

Free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required.  To RSVP, visit www.abexpo.com/exhibit-hall/design-charrette.  Architects may earn continuing education credits through self-report.

The LIVING WITH WATER DESIGN CHARRETTE is hosted by the Community Design Resource Center in partnership with The Boston Harbor Association and the Boston Society of Architects.

The CHARRETTE is conducted in conjunction with the Boston Living with Water International Design Competition, organized by The Boston Harbor Association, the City of Boston, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and the Boston Society of Architects, with generous support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Barr Foundation.

The International Design Competition will launch at the Charrette — October 29 — the two year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.  Participants may choose to participate in the Charrette and/or the Competition.  Please note that registration two the two events is separate, and participation in one does not affect participation in the other.  The Charrette offers the opportunity for designers to explore Living with Water concepts, that they might develop in-depth for the Competition.  The CDRC aims to use materials generated at the Charrette to create neighborhood-based workshops in 2015, AND add another layer to the lively civic discussion about resiliency already underway.

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Both photos: Long Wharf, Boston, at “Wicked High Tide” — the twice-monthly lunar high tide, September 2014

Join us! Oct 29, 1-4pm+

Calling all Boston-area designers, scientists, activists, and citizens —

Please join us for the CDRC’s third annual public design charrette at ArchitectureBoston Expo.  This year’s topic:

LIVING WITH WATER

It’s a familiar refrain: if Superstorm Sandy had hit a few hours earlier (or later), Boston would have flooded all the way to City Hall.  Seas are rising, storm severity is increasing, and coastal cities need to grapple with an increasingly wet world.

“Living With Water” resilient design, popularized in The Netherlands and elsewhere, is part of the solution. On Sandy’s second anniversary, join us for a hands-on design workshop to imagine how a future, wetter Boston will be different–and maybe even better.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

charrette kickoff:  1pm

reception & team presentations: 4pm

ABX session SB2

part of ArchitectureBoston Expo

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall C

415 Summer Street, Boston, MA  02210

Free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required.  To RSVP, visit www.abexpo.com/exhibit-hall/design-charrette.  Architects may earn continuing education credits through self-report.

The LIVING WITH WATER DESIGN CHARRETTE is hosted by the Community Design Resource Center in partnership with The Boston Harbor Association and the Boston Society of Architects.

The CHARRETTE is conducted in conjunction with the Boston Living with Water International Design Competition, organized by The Boston Harbor Association, the City of Boston, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and the Boston Society of Architects, with generous support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Barr Foundation.

The International Design Competition will launch at the Charrette — October 29 — the two year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.  Participants may choose to participate in the Charrette and/or the Competition.  Please note that registration two the two events is separate, and participation in one does not affect participation in the other.  The Charrette offers the opportunity for designers to explore Living with Water concepts, that they might develop in-depth for the Competition.  The CDRC aims to use materials generated at the Charrette to create neighborhood-based workshops in 2015, AND add another layer to the lively civic discussion about resiliency already underway.

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Both photos: Long Wharf, Boston, at “Wicked High Tide” — the twice-monthly lunar high tide, September 2014