Tactical Urbanism has emerged as a creative approach to low-cost, short-term placemaking and neighborhood building. DIY crosswalks, temporary parks, pop-up beer gardens, mobile retail, and food truck plazas are budding examples. Cities and developers are recognizing the value in these efficient, scalable projects, and they are leveraging creative capital to test ideas for public space before investing in costly, long-term projects.
In Boston, the Lawn on D has become an exciting local example of a tactical urbanism approach to development. The Lawn on D opened last summer as a temporary, flexible park built to test programming ideas for the future expansion of the Boston Convention and Expo Center.
On Thursday, June 11, at 6:00 pm, join the landscape architect, urban designer, and event programmer responsible for the Lawn on D in a discussion of how the temporary park became an overnight success. The panel discussion will be held at David Buckley Borden's pop-up installation at the Innovation and Design Building (1 Design Center Place, Suite 142, Boston) and will be followed by tours of the Lawn on D and happy hour.
Sara Cohen, senior associate, landscape architect, Sasaki Associates
Elizabeth Christoforetti, urban designer, Utile
Beth Torrey, director of strategic programming, Lawn on D
This event is co-hosted by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Emerging Professionals Committee and the BSA Emerging Professionals Network. To learn more about the Emerging Professionals Network, visit architects.org/committees/emerging-professionals-network.
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