The 2015 edition of Design Biennial Boston has begun, with four site-specific installations from a group of emerging architects and designers opening July 16. The four selected firms—Cristina Parreño Architecture, GLD Architecture, Landing Studio, and MASS Design Group—created installations along Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway, which will be on view through Sept. 25. An introductory display runs concurrently at BSA Space, a home for the Boston Society of Architects and the BSA Foundation designed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture.
Cristina Parreño Architecture stacked 350 custom glass blocks to create a 17-foot totem-like installation called Tectonics of Transparency: The Tower.
GLD Architecture fused resin and fiberglass into shells that form an artificial grove of luminescent modules.
Landing Studio recycled wharf pilings by slicing them into thin sections and redistributing them into 18 vertical sculptures.
MASS Design Group assembled more than a thousand wood and metal components into a latticed hemisphere that serves as a gathering space.
“Boston has such a vibrant talent pool of designers, and these four installations remind us of how creative those designers can be when given opportunities,” Boston's Mayor, Martin J. Walsh, said in a press release. "I want Boston to be a municipal arts leader, and putting this type of exciting and thoughtful work into the public realm is what gets us closer to that goal.”
The winning participants join 19 previous winners of the Design Biennial Boston, and were selected in March by a jury that included Biennial curators Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik, AIA, of pinkcomma gallery as well as Lucas Cowan, public art curator for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy; Eden Dutcher, principal at GroundView; Michael Evans, program director for the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics; Mary Fichtner, director of programs and exhibits at BSA Space; Karin Goodfellow, director of the Boston Art Commission; Dan Hisel, owner of Dan Hisel Architect and adjunct faculty member at the Wentworth Institute of Technology; Eric Höweler, AIA, founding partner of Höweler + Yoon Architecture and assistant professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design; Tim Love, AIA, principal with Utile, associate professor and director of graduate programs at Northeastern University's School of Architecture, and 2015 BSA President; and Ana Mijlački, assistant professor at MIT and co-founder of Project_.
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