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.

 

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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

Dear Mayor Walsh: Embrace Healthy Community Design

In the 100 days counting down to a new Mayor of Boston, the Menino administration is offering ideas and insight to help Mayor-elect Walsh — and all of us — make a smooth transition.

On December 10, the Next Boston blog encouraged the new mayor to embrace Healthy Community Design.

Excerpts from that post:

Embracing Health in All Policies

The health of the City of Boston is about so much more than just medical care. While our city has world-class medical resources, where we live, learn, work and play also have a significant impact on shaping  our health and well-being. Community design and public policies affect our access to physical activity, nutritious food, healthy housing, good jobs, clean air, and safe public places.

The “Health in All Policies” approach has two basic ideas.  First, incorporate health considerations into decision-making across all the agencies and organizations that influence community design, including transportation and development. Second, engage residents, who best understand the community context, into these processes. City departments and private developers are already leading the way in this effort. Ongoing projects include:

This year, in partnership with the Boston Society of Architects, we launched the Fit City Boston initiative which brings together planners, architects, developers, public officials, academics and residents to explore how physical activity can be supported by the design of our streets and buildings. At the Fit City Summit in May, 100 participants brainstormed ideas. At a November workshop, designers, public health officials and residents applied these concepts to community spaces in Mattapan, which will be used to inform upcoming planning processes.

Mayor Menino, thanks for the shout out to Fit City!

Click on the graphic below to read the full post.

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What might “Fit City Boston” be? The CDRC Design Charrette at ABX Advances that Conversation

fit city charrette_11-21-2013_01At the Fit City Design Charrette at ABX on November 21, over 50 design professionals, public health advocates, and neighborhood residents brainstormed ideas for how to transform a handful of underutilized Mattapan sites into places that support active and healthy living.  A number of concepts emerged, incorporating elements of community gardens and urban farming, as well as play and exercise spaces.  Special attention was paid to connecting sites to each other to create a neighborhood network, and to connecting these sites to other existing and planned neighborhood amenities, like the Neponset River and the Fairmont Greenway.

All sites studied are real places that the City of Boston and others are hoping to transform into community spaces, depending on input from the neighborhood.

Ideas generated at the Charrette will be taken to neighborhood meetings for further discussion, and will be used to inform the ongoing planning processes.

A special THANK YOU to Woolson Street area residents, to Pastor Zephir and the Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center, and to professionals from the Boston Public Health Commission, the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development, the Boston Transportation Department, the Boston Natural Areas Network, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Trust for Public Land, ReVision Urban Farm, the Fairmont Greenway Initiative, Enterprise Community Partners, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and the Salem Public Space Project for participating in the Fit City Charrette conversation!

Mayor Menino Launched FIT CITY BOSTON

In anticipation of our FIT CITY BOSTON Design Charrette at ABX, the CDRC is pleased to share this May 2013 press release from the Boston Public Health Commission:

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FIT CITY BOSTON Initiative to Make City’s Built Environment Healthier

Kickoff Summit at BSA Space Convenes 150 Local and National Experts

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today launched Fit City Boston, an initiative to examine how Boston’s urban environment impacts resident health, and to set a plan for transforming Boston into the healthiest city in America. The initiative will examine how community design, social policies, and resource distribution impact daily choices and physical health.

More than 150 local and national planners, architects, developers, public officials, academics, and residents discussed the great strides that Boston has made in promoting health and health equity, and participants worked throughout the day to chart the next steps for building on this progress.

“Some factors that affect health are personal decisions, but others are out of an individual’s control – like whether there are spaces to walk and play outside,” Mayor Menino said. “We already have many of the world’s leading health institutions and leaders in design, planning and development here in Boston, as well as a revitalized harbor and world-class parks system. Fit City Boston will bring all these resources together to help ensure our city’s built environment allows all Bostonians to achieve their optimal health.”

More than half adult Bostonians are obese or overweight, which can lead to preventable chronic health conditions like obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and asthma. Black, Latino, and other communities of color, as well as vulnerable populations, are disproportionately affected by these diseases. For example, the hospitalization rate for asthma among Black children under age 5 is four times the rate of White children. These health problems cannot be solved by public health or health care alone. Solutions are embedded in community design, social policies, and resource distribution that impact the choices residents have and make every day.

“Fit City Boston recognizes that how communities are designed and developed directly affects which residents have easy access to physical activity, nutritious food, healthy housing, and clean air,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, a member of the initiative steering committee. “While we work to improve individual and community health, it is increasingly important that we focus on the physical places where we live, work, and play, and their effect on health, as well. Fit City Boston gives us the opportunity to get new perspectives and tap into new resources for our work.”

The Fit City Boston initiative will:

  • Build on the best examples of work already underway to improve Boston’s built environment to improve health.
  • Promote the exchange of ideas for building healthier, more sustainable and more equitable urban environments in Boston with positive economic development and business results.
  • Develop plans to take best practices to scale, institutionalize proven ideas, and set a big picture vision for future work.

Partners in the initiative include the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Boston Transportation Department, the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, Enterprise Community Partners, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The summit was sponsored by Boston Properties and The Boston Foundation.

“Boston is truly fortunate to be the “living lab” for many researchers from our great academic institutions,” said Dr. John D. Spengler, professor and director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health and today’s keynote speaker. “Working with city schools to reduce obesity, with the housing authorities on asthma, pest control and smoking cessation, planning agencies on climate adaptation and citizens of South Boston and Chinatown concerned with traffic impacts on their health, faculty and students are helping to shape Boston’s future.”

“As the ultimate goal of sustainable design is the health, happiness, and safety of people, social sustainability and environmental justice must fit within the Boston Society of Architects’ advocacy agenda. This summit presents a great opportunity for the BSA and our partners to contribute to one of Mayor Menino’s lifetime legacy projects: making Boston a healthier place to live,” said Mike Davis, president of the Boston Society of Architects. “As we convene with multidisciplinary experts from the Boston Public Health Commission, the Harvard School of Public Health, Partners HealthCare, Enterprise Community Partners, and many other private and public organizations, we hope this will be the beginning of a transformational exchange of ideas.”

The initiative is modeled after Fit City New York, which is co-hosted by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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Charrette @ABX 11/21

FIT CITY Design Charrette @ABX

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Hall C  415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210 (T: South Station)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

10:00am-2:00pm , ABX session SC1

FREE and open to the public

We want your voice! All are welcome.

The Community Design Resource Center and FIT CITY BOSTON invite you to join an interactive workshop to brainstorm ways buildings and open spaces might be redesigned to support healthy living. Boston ranks as one of the healthiest cities in the country, yet more than 50% of our adults are obese or overweight.  Our most pervasive chronic health challenges – obesity, type 2 diabetes, asthma, heart disease, stroke – beg for great design.

How can the built environment encourage a healthy, safe, and active community?

This builds on the FIT CITY BOSTON conference held at BSA Space earlier this year.   The charrette asks participants to create designs for several community spaces in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston.  Ideas developed will be taken back to the neighborhood for discussion, and will inform existing and future planning processes around the Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center (a local community service center), and multiple vacant city-owned lots – including those on Woolsen, Wildwood, and Flint Streets and Kripson Terrace.

Advance registration is highly encouraged.  Please allow extra time if registering day-of.  The FIT CITY Design Charrette is part of ArchitectureBoston Expo, or “ABX” — an annual convention and trade show that shares best practices in the architecture and building industry. Participants are welcome to visit the ABX trade show floor for free.

TO REGISTER for the Fit City Charrette: www.abexpo.com

Please email or call Gretchen at gschneider@architects.org or 617-686-4362 with questions.