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Dutch Mountains: People, Place, Purpose

Student Lecture Series Fall 2013: Francine Houben

Ferdinand Corner

Ferdinand Corner

©Sasaki Associates and Mecnoo Architecten

  • 09/25/2013

  • 6 PM 

  • Cascieri Hall

    Boston Architectural College

    320 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

  • janet.oberto@the-bac.edu

  • Free and open to the public

Francine Houben of Mecanoo will present Dutch Mountains: People, Place, Purpose, a lecture on the design of the new Dudley Square Municipal Office Facility, as part of the Fall 2013 Student Lecture Series on September 25, 2013 in Cascieri Hall.

Francine Houben directs her Mecanoo team with the ambition to design buildings with a strong respect for context; physical, historical and environmental. In her lecture Dutch Mountains: People, place, purpose, she presents her vision and philosophy as well as the participatory planning and design process that is fundamental to her work. Houben guides you through Mecanoo's increasingly international portfolio, which features the recently opened Library of Birmingham integrated with the REP Theatre in the UK, as well as the Wei-Wu-Ying Centre for the Arts in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and the Dudley Municipal Offices in Boston - both currently under construction. All three projects serve as catalysts for their respective cities and neighborhoods; however, Boston's Dudley Square Municipal Center serves as a unique North American example of the reinvigoration of a community. With a long history of participatory planning and community engagement, Francine worked with Sasaki Associates, Boston's Property & Construction Management, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, along with neighborhood efforts, to produce a building that binds this community together. This lecture will present key moments in the process which lead to design solutions.

Dudley Square | A Community's Catalyst
Exhibition in McCormick Gallery

Dudley Square is the geographic center of Boston. It is a transportation hub and the gateway to a major metropolis. It is a unique place with rich history. But the true essence of Dudley Square is found within the vibrant Roxbury community that surrounds it.

In the middle of all of this is a new building, rising from the foundations of what once was a thriving commercial node. This is the story of how the promise of a building to enliven Dudley Square inspired those who shaped it-the city, the designers, and the community. The Dudley Square Municipal Office Facility signals a new era. This building is the community's catalyst.

Other Events Include:

Dudley Square | A Community's Catalyst Opening Reception
A gallery talk led by Victor Vizgaitis of Sasaki on the role of architecture as a means for fostering a more integrated, transparent, and collaborative environment. Opening reception to follow.
Wednesday, September 4, 6:00 pm

Navigating the Nuances.
A panel discussion on the unique intricacies of the Dudley Square Municipal Office Facility featuring Kairos Shen (Boston Redevelopment Authority), Maureen Anderson (Property and Construction Management Department), Nick Brooks (Sasaki Associates), and Ted Landsmark (Boston Architectural College).  Thursday, October 10, 8:30 am; BAC (breakfast at 8:00)