Check out a new exhibit at the Boston Architectural College: Concrete Visions. Held in their McCormick Gallery, the exhibit showcases our winning entry in a design competition for the BAC, as well as other Boston projects, such as City Hall. The exhibit is free and open through April 22, 2016.
The exhibition frames the Boston Architecture Center’s importance as an example of 1960s concrete modernism and displays heroic concrete buildings that resulted from competitions in the 1960s: the Boston Architectural Center and Boston City Hall. According to the BAC, each building exemplifies a particular aspect of the time’s urban renewal—civic and educational— which combined to catalyze the “New Boston.” Lessons in architectural imagination from this earlier era are applicable for today. These competitions encouraged the highest caliber of work by involving juries composed of internationally recognized academics and practitioners. The exhibition will examine the competition processes, the resulting buildings, and place these works in the larger context of Boston’s renewal.
In 1961, the firm that evolved to become Arrowstreet was founded by Jack Myer as Ashley Myer & Associates, and then Ashley Myer Smith, before becoming Arrowstreet around 1970. Jack was a professor at MIT, some of his students joined the firm, and there was the start of what our firm is today. We’re currently working on a series of posts about the history of Arrowstreet, including more on the BAC project.