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Boston wants to build the most walkable Olympics ever

Boston wants to build the most walkable Olympics ever | green streets | Scoop.it

With the announcement official, Boston 2024, the private nonprofit spearheading the bid, has publicly released the presentation it gave to the Olympic Committee back in December.

Boston public radio station WBUR reported that David Manfredi, of the Boston-based Elkus Manfredi, is co-chairing the bid’s planning committee and reportedly said that Boston 2024’s planning goal is to make the games the most walkable Olympics of all time. To that end, 28 out of 33 venues are within about a six mile radius. There is also the “Olympic Boulevard” which serves as the “pedestrian spine” between many of the facilities. The overall plan has two main clusters of facilities, one near the water and the other around some of Boston’s most famous universities including Boston University, MIT, and Harvard.

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Utile Makes a Splash With Digitally Fabricated Pavilion in Boston

Utile Makes a Splash With Digitally Fabricated Pavilion in Boston | green streets | Scoop.it

Jump on a ferry in Downtown Boston and in twenty minutes, you’ll arrive at the Boston Harbor Islands, an archipelago of 34 islands dotting Boston Harbor managed by the National Park Service. To entice city-dwellers to make the trip, Boston-based Utile Architecture + Planning has designed a composite steel and concrete pavilion with a digitally fabricated roof for the National Park Service and the Boston Harbor Island Alliance to provide travel information and history about the Islands and a shady respite atop the highway-capping Rose Kennedy Greenway.


Two thin overlapping concrete canopy slabs supported by delicate steel beams provide a sculptural shelter. Utile digitally designed the $4.2 million Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion using Rhino to respond to the surrounding cityscape and serve as a playful rainwater-harvesting system to irrigate the Greenway’s landscape...

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In Harmony with History

In Harmony with History | green streets | Scoop.it

You might not even notice, walking or driving, the new apartment building at 691 Massachusetts Ave. in the South End. That’s because it fits so beautifully into its historic neighborhood. This building isn’t just deferential to its surroundings. It’s also fresh, inventive & contemporary.

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District Hall, Boston’s Public Innovation Center / Hacin + Associates

District Hall, Boston’s Public Innovation Center / Hacin + Associates | green streets | Scoop.it

Opening at the end of October, District Hall is the world’s first freestanding public innovation center, a single-story pavilion dedicated to gathering the innovation community together.  The building is located in the heart of Boston’s Innovation District, a thousand acres of the historically industrial South Boston waterfront that has been transformed  into an urban environment that fosters innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship.

District Hall will serve as an anchor in this emerging district, a new kind of public infrastructure for the 21st century economy. The building is located at a natural gathering place between the Institute of Contemporary Art, a new public marina, bike-sharing and transit stops, and several parks on Boston’s rapidly developing waterfront.

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How to use LEED-ND to improve an older neighborhood

How to use LEED-ND to improve an older neighborhood | green streets | Scoop.it

An inner-city neighborhood in Boston is an example of how the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system can guide improvements to older communities. The system is helping community leaders identify the area’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for becoming stronger and greener.


LEED-ND, administered by the US Green Building Council, is primarily intended to reward environmentally superior new land development. Merging the values of smart growth, walkable neighborhoods, and green environmental management systems, the program established a detailed set of standards and measurements with numerical scoring to approximate how well a new development will perform environmentally.

The primary target audience for LEED-ND has been the world of private developers constructing new buildings at the neighborhood scale. A secondary target audience has been government, as the system establishes standards that can be adapted to update local, state or even federal measures and incentives for green development.


Many have found the system somewhat less suited, however, for guiding the evolution of older, distressed neighborhoods that are more likely to improve incrementally rather than in large chunks of new development. But, while it is true that obtaining formal certification for smaller, more scattered parcels throughout a community can be challenging, that does not mean the system cannot still be extremely useful...


Read the complete article for details on the communities and organizations that are incorporating and adapting LEED-ND principles to older neighborhoods in their revitalization and redevelopment efforts, and how technical teams have evaluated the system for such applications.

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