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1/3 Practice, 1/3 Education, 1/3 Stretch are in a nutshell the components of the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship. These three areas are ideally where the fellow splits time throughout the three years of the fellowship. The hands-on learning and empowering experiences are designed to groom a young and emerging design professional towards a leadership role in a direction of the fellow’s choosing. I have been fortunate enough to devote time to each area through the lens of a single project: Bartlett Yards.
This fall I had the opportunity to participate in various conferences to learn new sustainability concepts to implement at Bartlett Yard and to speak about art organizing as a community development tool.
Eco-District Summit –Boston, MA
The first was the Eco-District Summit Charrette at Talbot Norfolk Triangle. Boston LISC supported and participated in the Eco-Districts Summit, dedicated to promoting sustainable neighborhood development, which took place in Boston on November 11-14. This year, the Talbot Norfolk Triangle Eco-Innovation District, located in Codman Square, was chosen for the Summit's Legacy Project Charrette. LISC has been providing technical assistance to local partners in Codman Square over the last year to use LEED Neighborhood Development, a rating system for green neighborhood design, as a tool to drive quality of life improvements in Codman Square.
Each year the Eco-Districts Summit convenes leading municipal policymakers, developers, business leaders, planners, and community leaders – people with decision-making power – to share best practices and shape the growing Eco-Districts marketplace.
Enterprise Community Partners participants included me, Nella Young, Katie Swenson, Ray Demers, and new ERAF fellow Michael Chavez along with Eco district Fellow David Queely. Sessions were divided into round table discussions to focus on ideas and concepts with reporting periods after each session. Eco-districts are unfamiliar territory for me and slightly outside of the realm of my work plan but the big takeaway was understanding water mitigation strategies and how to strategically design them into the landscape of the development. It was also great to see the stakeholders and partners that Michael Chavez will be working with during his fellowship.
I had the chance to speak on the Arts as a Community Development Tool panel at the Architecture Boston Expo. The panel consisted of members of the Bartlett Events team and I specifically spoke on how to conceptually budget for public art in building development through the Net Operating Income of the building/development. Conceptually, I’m teasing out how we can include services necessary to improve the lives of tenants of affordable housing by budgeting for these services with the income of the building. In the case of Bartlett, we used art. However these services can vary per development i.e. medical, social, educational services.
The title of our session was Beyond the Bronze Horse: Designing Places for Public Art:
Designing for public art can be complicated with increasing use of ephemeral art and community engagement. How do you design space for unknown demands and a vagabond client using part art, part exhibit and part event? Find out who constituents are and what they need. Issues apply equally to public or private space, indoor or outdoor, from facades and lobbies to courtyards, plazas and parks. Experts who are stakeholders and clients will discuss parameters of planning, real estate development, architecture, art, curating, and community organizing. Case studies of Bartlett Yards and FIGMENT will be used. Bring your current projects and questions and learn what is needed to move from a beautiful place to a dynamic space that supports engagement with artists and community.
- Susan Israel AIA, LEED AP, Principal & founder, Energy Necklace Project
- Ron Mallis, AICP, Founder, BostonAPP/Lab
- Mark Matel, Project Manager and Enterprise,
- Rose Architectural Fellow, Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation
- Dan Sternof Beyer, Public artist, New American Public Art
- Jason Turgeon, Energy water specialist, FIGMENT Boston
The panel I served on at the MSGA Conference focused on placemaking and examples of community engagement throughout Massachusetts. The information session can be read below.
Placemaking and network organizing: Making Great Neighborhoods in your community
Learn about the ingredients necessary to create Great Neighborhoods that are walkable, affordable, inclusive and offer a variety of transportation choices. Hear from people that are “getting it done” in their communities using strategies such as Placemaking, Network Organizing and Collective Impact. Learn about the Great Neighborhoods model and find out how you can engage with the emerging Great Neighborhoods Network to continue to connect with peers and resources to accelerate your own local implementation efforts. This interactive session will allow time for working with peers to ‘put into practice’ the tools explored.
- Danny LeBlanc, Somerville Community Corporation
- Jess Andors, Lawrence CommunityWorks
- Mark Matel, Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation
For those interested, Neighborworks offers great classes on affordable housing finance 101. I’ll be attending their conference in the upcoming week. A designer who understands the financing mechanisms of development that can enable better designed and performing buildings is the missing link between developers and design professionals to develop better affordable housing.
Neighborworks Conference – Kansas City, KS
Following the Neighborworks seminar, I plan on taking seven online courses on Architects as Developers. Since having worked for NuestraCDC, I’ve started to realize how important it is for design professionals to be integrated into Community Development Organizations. Most if not all CDC’s are in the business of keeping the buildings they develop rather than a quick out as in for profit development. Building affordable housing at a manageable cost while designing the building to last and perform efficiently is key. Check out these courses if you are interested!