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Practice : Winter 2010
NEWSWORTHY ] PUBLIC EVENTS with a spirit of critical thinking and open inquiry. He pioneered the concept of inter- disciplinary planning and design. Hideo insisted that every project be put in its cultural, historical, geographical, environ- mental, social and economic context. Brian presented the exhibition and lecture Commonplaces. "Healy's work indicates that the power of architecture, and its true task, continues to anchor us to our place, to protect the authenticity of human experience, to remind us who we are, to give us a common sense of identity." --- Robert McCarter Common Sense: Toward an Architecture both Poetic and Practical. U.S. Access Board Town Hall Meeting (May) e U.S. Access Board, a Federal agency, provides leadership in accessible design through the development of guidelines and standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws. ese guidelines and standards address access to the built environment, transporta- tion systems, and communication and information technology. e Board provides technical assistance and training to the public on its design criteria and other aspects of accessible design. e Board also under- takes various outreach initiatives to promote accessibility and awareness. One of these initiatives is focused on making accessibility an integral part of design education. e Board travels to a di erent city each year to hold a town hall meeting and open dialogue with the public on accessibility. is year's meeting took place in Boston at the Fairmont Copley Hotel, where the BAC participated in a panel discussion on design education and included discussion about the promotion of accessibility in the education of students of architecture, interior design, and engineering and in the continuing education of practitioners and recommenda- tions for advancing this initiative from multiple perspectives, especially through education curricula and outreach to colleges and universities, professional organizations, and accrediting organizations. Panelists included moderators Joseph A. Cirillo, R.A., Access Board Member and BAC Overseer Valerie Fletcher, Institute for Human Centered Design. Panelists included: Boston Architectural College President eodore Landsmark; BAC Overseer Diane Georgopulos FAIA, Mass Housing, Past President of the Boston Society of Architects; and Polly Welch, former educator in universal, accessible design, currently Senior Project Manager and Accessibility Specialist with the Division of Capital Asset Management. e event was followed by a reception at e Institute for Human Centered Environments. ULI Boston Panel Discussion (June) e Urban Land Institute is a nonpro t research and education organization and the preeminent multidisciplinary real estate forum. e ULI Boston chapter facilitates the open exchange of ideas, information and experience among local, national and international industry leaders and policy makers. e BAC was pleased to host Activating the Urban Fabric: e Renewal of Boylston Street and its Economic Impact. Boylston Street has undergone a patient renewal over the last two decades, from a major urban throughway to a dynamic pedestrian experience. Recent contributions to the resurgence of this dynamic neighbor- hood have resulted in a signi cant economic impact for the neighborhood and the City of Boston. e panel discussion focused on the past, present, and future of our neighborhood as well as the relevance of Boylston Street itself as it relates to the street's revitalization with an emphasis on retail and o ce tenant demand, residen- tial development, and sustainable land use in this vibrant district. Panelists Included: Sean Gildea, e Dartmouth Company; Patrick Lyons of e Lyons Group; Robin Brown of CWB Boylston; and Bryan Koop of Boston Properties. Culture of Influence (October) e Culture of In uence was an exhibition that examined how Interior Design in uences learning in a multidisciplinary design college. Given the changes that are occurring within the design professions and the increased need for collaboration across disciplines, our educators have signi cantly increased discussion around how to better teach and learn in the multidisciplinary design environment that is the BAC. Our Interior Design program brings a unique focus to this e ort. e student work in this exhibition was representative of the convergence, and illustrative of a series of conversations that this College has led nationally, with the University of Cincinnati, titled Inside:Out. is exhibition and a reception were held in conjunction with the Interior Designers Educators Council (IDEC) East Regional Conference Professional Expectations of Interior Design Graduates. JUNE OCTOBER Photos : (left to right) ; Mike Davis, Bergmeyer Associates, Marcus Springer, Sasaki; Inside :Out 17 PRACTICE