“Another Room in the House”
Last summer I went exploring the Boston Harbor. I focused on who uses the waterfront, why, and in what manner, pondering I about the nature of how place is created. Not just the physical aspect, but place as a creative process that influences, as Amanda Blunden said “how your body feels on that seat, in that space”
Access to Boston’s waterfront has been an integral part of the conversation about public spaces in Boston, but I realized that this conversation should move towards the more difficult and subjective issue of placemaking. The key issue is how the Harbor will be shaped to create a place for the enjoyment of all. The focus on access has resulted in sections that feel like hallways, where people go from point A to point B.
Placemaking is about vision, determining and reflecting the city Bostonians want, need, and deserve—not only as consumers, as workers, or as taxpayers, but as humans. The love affair with luxury-based development has eroded that vision, and planning initiatives in many sections of the Harbor have created spaces whose ultimate beneficiaries are those in the position to pay for such luxury. No matter how much access is protected, such focus is leaving most Boston residents de facto excluded from the recreational potential and the character of the Harbor as a space for all.
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Opening Exhibition Jan 22. Details here: https://bit.ly/2HfHa6O .
Karen J. and Charlie Clark, residents of South Boston, are two of the many weekend visitors to this quiet corner of South Boston port to fish—or just to escape crowds in other spaces.
Courageous Sailing in the Charlestown Navy Yard hosts SailBlind, run by the Carroll Center for the Blind. Bruce Howell, seen setting up a sail, says this program helps “rebuild your sense of self-worth and self-confidence, and by learning to do something new like sailing, it [gives] me a chance to feel good about myself and gives me a reason to keep living.”
For NYC residents and visitors the High Line has become one of the most celebrated public spaces within the city. The High Line currently has 3 completed sections (opened 2009, 2011, and 2014 respectably) and one section under construction (opens 2019). From the The High Line’s website one learns the following: “It’s a public space where you can view art, walk through gardens, experience a performance, savor delicious food, or just connect with friends and neighbors—while enjoying a unique perspective of the city. Built on a historic, elevated freight line, the High Line has become a world-renowned inspiration for how cities can transform industrial infrastructure into beautiful, hybrid public spaces.” Yet, we can see a noticeable difference between the High Line and the sidewalks right underneath it.
At Walkspan, we believe on extending the quality and beauty of the High Line to the low line, all of NYC’s sidewalks. Let’s start a conversation on how we can adopt, to a feasible and prudent extent, the qualities and features of the High Line to our city sidewalks.
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Excited to be part of ‘The Maker Session’ @thepilgrm
on Tuesday 22 Jan 2019:
With arts and crafts’ role in reimagining old and new neighbourhoods, along with the role of ‘place’ becoming increasingly more prevalent, we ask why?
From King’s Cross to Hackney and Williamsburg to Detroit, we’re seeing new developments stick closely to their heritage, with intentions to reinvent old narrative for the modern world. With these iconic neighbourhoods springing back to life, each rooted in history and combining craft with both architecture and design - we ask how, and just where this trend is headed.
Tamsin Green, Project Leader at Heatherwick Studio
Tim Hubbard, Founder at 93ft
Paul Smyth, Something & Son and Co-founder of @makerversity
Moderated by Nick Compton, Senior Editor @wallpapermag
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