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Thursday November 29



Integrating art and history into public outdoor spaces is a successful strategy in creating that “sense of place” that designers strive for. Such elements are usually represented in the built form, providing cues for which visitors can learn from and identify the space with. Through advancements in communication technology, it is possible to drape layers of digital media over the built environment, increasing the depth of the messages being presented. This is augmented reality. In 2018, 77% of Americans carry smart phones, up from just 35% in 2011. They have become the standard tool for sharing information, and are regularly used in schools, workplaces, and homes. They have become an effective means of broadcasting messages to a diverse group. Augmented reality applications use a smartphone’s built in GPS and touch screen to function, so there is no hardware or headset required. The only step for the end user is to download an app. This summer, Bostonians will be able to experience augmented reality at Harbor Way, a public plaza in the Seaport’s Innovation District. Here visitors will experience a series of “stops” each of which will offer uniquely focused physical and digital details about the site’s history.

Boston Groundwater Recharge – Why? How? & Results! 8:30 am–10:00 am | 1.5 LU|HSW In 2006, Article 32 of the City of Boston Zoning Code was implemented thereby creating the Groundwater Conservation Overlay District which requires groundwater recharge for all new/ renovated projects. In the past 12 years, engineers have implemented creative ways to recharge groundwater in the dense urban environment and have also discovered additional environmental benefits. The panel will discuss the purpose of the regulation, the various recharge methods, and its impacts. John Schmid, Professional Engineer, Vice President–Executive Project Manager, Nitsch Engineering Christian Simonelli, Executive Director, Boston Groundwater Trust (BGwT)


Shifting Gears: Urban Design for Autonomous Vehicles 11:00 am–12:30 pm | 1.5 LU|HSW Autonomous vehicle technology has moved beyond the whimsical illustrations of the 1950s and the early experimental designs of Google. The technology is poised to disrupt the current model of urban mobility and create a window of opportunity to rethink the design and function of the public realm and explore new compact urban building types. An interdisciplinary panel of speakers will lead a discussion on how urban design can help cities better manage the transition to autonomous vehicles and networked mobility. How soon can we expect to see autonomous vehicles as a significant mode of transportation? Will shared mobility create opportunities for ‘Micro Transit-Oriented Development’ around pickup and dropoff zones? What are the key decisions that designers and policymakers will face? How will autonomous vehicles impact the urban fabric, and what are the key opportunities for architects and urban designers to intervene?

Enrich the Public Realm with Interpretive Interactive Media 3:30 pm–5:00 pm | 1.5 LU

Christopher Scheufler, BSLA UMASS Amherst, Landscape Architect, Copley Wolff Design Group Scott Rabiet, Owner, Principal, Amaze Design, LLC Bruce Spero, Principal/Creative Director, Trivium Interactive Meghan Marchie, PLA, ASLA, Landscape Architect, Copley Wolff Design Group

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Alykhan Mohamed, Urban Planner, Sasaki Associates Isabel Zempel, ASLA, Principal, Sasaki

Owner & Producer: Informa Exhibitions | Founder & Presenter: Boston Society of Architects/AIA


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