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Bibliophiles and library-lovers may enjoy CNN’s online feature, “Your favorite libraries,” posted in honor of National Library Week (April 13-19) to invite readers to submit stories and pictures of their favorite libraries from around the world:

To this feature we contributed a narrative/photographic description of one of our favorite libraries, the Openbare Biblioteek Amsterdam (OBA) in the Netherlands, which I had the opportunity to visit last summer. Designed by Jo Coenen, this innovative institution is much more than a repository of books, records and art. It houses a multitude of community programs, including live performances, lectures and radio stations, adding another dimension to urban life and the library experience. For the full article, please visit:

With all OBA has to offer in digital and computer technology and as a comprehensive cultural resource, this remarkable one-stop community center is realizing the full potential of the Library of the Future.

Those wishing to read more about the future of the library might enjoy an article I wrote for Academy Editions & Architectural Design, “Whither://multi-media.(cyber).libraries?” (Brawne, Michael, Library Builders, London: Academy Editions, 1997, pp. 13-19). Though written almost 20 years ago, this piece examined the different permutations of the roles a library could assume as the full brunt of the digital revolution was manifesting itself.








Loeb Fellows Forum – Resilience by design: can design make a difference?
Helen Lochhead

Thursday, April 17th at 6:30pm
BSA Space
290 Congress Street, Boston


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with more frequent extreme weather events and rising sea level in progress, the vulnerability of coastal cities and towns has become a matter of urgency. But out of disasters can come opportunities for innovation. Post-Sandy, a range of new initiatives, tools, policies, governance frameworks and incentives are being tested, including competitions like Rebuild by Design. Design is seen as a key tool for dealing with complex problems by creating integrated strategies to build resilience, sustainability and liveability. Using the Rebuild by Design process as a case study, this lecture considers the possibilities for such a process to deliver projects and strategies that can be implemented and brought to scale.

Helen Lochhead an Australian architect, urban and landscape designer, is currently a Lincoln/Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Before taking up the Fellowship she was the Executive Director, Place Development at Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and an Adjunct Professor at Sydney University.
She is an architect and urban designer who combines teaching and practice. Her career has focused on the inception, planning and delivery of complex multidisciplinary projects ranging from a 5-year city improvements program for the City of Sydney to major urban renewal and waterfront projects.

Lochhead has been instrumental in shaping major precincts around Sydney Harbour, including the transformation of Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay from a sports precinct into a mixed-use community and parklands with environmental credentials that set new benchmarks. Most recently she led the development of 30 year plan for the transformation of Sydney Cove, the gateway to Sydney’s CBD. This complex process shifted her focus from specific project delivery to the broader context–interagency coordination and the mechanisms to achieve integrated outcomes around Sydney’s waterfront.

As a consequence this year she has been studying policy, design, strategic leadership and governance strategies that enable disparate interests to realize more sustainable climate resilient coastal cities. The Rebuild by Design competition process has served as a useful case study for this.


We are proud to announce that PLA is working with Somerville Brewing Company, the makers of Slumbrew beers, to design their new brewery and taproom in the Boynton Yards area of Somerville. The new location at 15 Ward Street will serve as an additional 2,500 barrel production facility as well as a destination-tap room to enjoy all of Slumbrew’s finest offerings.

Somerville Brewing Company, Inc. was started in Somerville, Massachusetts by Jeff Leiter and Caitlin Jewell in 2011. To date, all of the brewery’s Slumbrew craft beer recipes have been invented and tested in Somerville and developed for commercial production at Mercury Brewing, while the business operations are also run out of Somerville.

The new brewery and taproom is slated to be open within the next five to six months, pending federal, state and local permitting.
To find out more about Slumbrew, head on over to their website. Find the full press release announcing the new Somerville site here.

For further reading regarding Somerville Beer Company’s upcoming brewery and taproom check out,, and Boston Eater.





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We’re proud to announce that our project, Shaoxing Paojiang Two Lakes Area Master Plan, in collaboration with CRJA-IBI Group and Green Design Union has been awarded the 2014 Big Urban Future Project Award by the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects awards competition. The MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards are the only awards exclusively for future projects. They celebrate excellence in unbuilt or incomplete projects spanning across twelve categories. With a strong focus on creativity, these awards are a chance to showcase projects that are examples of fine design, but have also responded to the client’s development brief, and considered the way in which they will impact and contribute to the community around them.

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About the Project:

The Paojiang Lake District is located north of Shaoxing, China in the Yangtze River Delta Economic Area of Zhejiang Province. The site currently consists of a large lake (Yang Jing Bang Lake – 4 Sq Km) and farm fields. The site has a strategic location with access to a high-speed train station and strong public transit options (bike, bus and future subway links to Shaoxing CBD 5 km south of the site.)

The Master plan layers the site’s existing landscape with many amenities and uses, connected by an extensive pedestrian network and multi-modal transit infrastructure. Movement around the lake and the site are encouraged by creating areas with distinct identities and sets of experiences. These identities, experiences and uses are organized thematically, based on the five elements prominent in Chinese Culture – Gold, Fire, Wood, Earth and Water. The programs, uses, amenities, materials and forms will be associated with each element. These five icons not only represent one of the respective Five Elements, but also serve as a visual landmark to be seen from multiple locations around the lake. The points from where they can be viewed are strategically located, and relate to strategies which emphasize dramatic and scenic vistas.

Paul Lukez
Carol R. Johnson
Jeanne Lukenda

Project Directors:
Christopher Zarek
Jue Zhan

Project Managers:
Jing Cai
Johnathan Law

Paul Lukez
Jeanne Lukenda
Johnathan Law
Dan Delongchamp
Jing Cai
Alex Hogrefe
Ting Huang
Matt Flynn
Ren Harada

Project Team:
Nina Chase
Menglin Jiang
Elizabeth Knox
Xin Liu
Xuan Lu
Todd Robinson
Xin You
Duo Yu


Last weekend PLA’s very own Megan Quigley competed in Brick Factor, a competition to find LEGOLAND Boston’s next Master Builder. The two-day competition was held at the Boston Public Library Main Branch, drawing over 100 competitors from all over the country. The LEGO experts were vying for the opportunity to become the coveted Master Model Builder for Boston’s brand new LEGOLAND Discovery Center opening in Somerville this spring. The competition was quick and intense; the rounds took between 30 – 60 minutes each and were judged by an expert team of LEGO master builder’s. Not only did Megan have to build a LEGO model she also had to engage with the spectators, many of which were children. Her multitasking skills under pressure, something in which Megan excels at here at PLA allowed her to advance through the first two rounds on Saturday to make in it to the final round with ten other competitors on Sunday afternoon. While Megan did not take the crown of Master Builder, she did have a very impressive run throughout the competition. Great Job Megan!

The event was covered by a number of local media outlets. Visit the links below to find out more about the competition.

Boston Magazine
The Somerville Times
My Fox Boston (video)








Round 1: Build something from your favorite book
“I built a bunch of things from Harry Potter. They were from the entire series…not just one book. I built Harry’s glasses, his wand with a light at the end of it, a spell book, a golden snitch (from quidditch), a snake, a giant spider, and the sorting hat.”

Round 2: Build something from a favorite vacation
“My Family and I go to Maine every year for a week. We always visit the lighthouses and my grandmother grew up in the town we stay in. I built a lighthouse attached to land and then a giant monster lobster that had broken out of his trap and was attacking the lighthouse.”



Round 3: Build something that represents/describes you
“I built a scaled up princess LEGO mini-figure. I love the Disney princesses and I AM a princess. I also love LEGO. But I also wanted to show girls that they can do this too. There were only two females in the final 10 and there are no female Master Builders.”

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