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On a picture perfect New England summer morning, five junior members of the PLA team joined Paul Lukez, in visiting the Phillips Exeter Academy Library in Exeter, New Hampshire, famously designed by Louis Kahn. Why were we on-site at the “Class of 1945 Library” last Friday? We were making a pilgrimage to one of the great libraries in the US to study and observe how the master-architect, Louis Kahn, designed this great brick library. Currently, we are also working on a brick building, which offers us an invaluable experience to learn first-hand about the craft of designing a masonry structure … Continued

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The BSA Urban Design Committee sponsors a lecture or panel discussion on usually the third Thursday of every month. Along with co-chairs Meera Deean of Utile, Inc., and Patrick Tedesco of NBBJ, it is a real privilege for me to help organize these monthly events, to which we invite talented, inspired speakers to raise thought-provoking issues about urban design and related topics. The presentations and follow-up conversations are always lively, and the wine and refreshments are complimentary. We invite you to attend and participate in this ongoing series. Please refer to the BSA Urban Design Committee’s website for the full … Continued

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World Cup By The Numbers At one point during the World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann (head coach of the US Men’s National Soccer Team) caught some flak for complaining before their group stage match against Germany. Klinsmann claimed the U.S. Team had to crisscross all corners of Brazil, while tournament favorites had less strenuous travel schedules. “We have one day less to recover. They played yesterday, we played today. We played in the Amazon, they played in the locations where they don’t have to travel as much. Everything was done for the big favorites to move on. We have to do … Continued

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We posted the first of a two-part blog on the World Cup Stadiums of Brazil and their impact on the host city’s urbanism.World Cup Urbanism – Part I Today we invite you to scan the remaining six stadiums as we await in anticipation the results of the remarkable 2014 World Cup. Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (capacity: 51,708) Located in one of Brazil’s oldest and most historic cities, Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova and its support structures (parking, public plazas, etc.) have an organic relationship with its context. Fitting nicely within the surrounding neighborhoods and highways, the stadium does … Continued

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The 2014 World Cup extravaganza in Brazil has been replete with stellar sportsmanship and stunning spectacle. However, let’s take a look at the stadiums themselves, hosting hundreds of thousands of people throughout the month-long World Cup. Are they as good as the games on the field? Last week we wrote about how brilliantly Fenway Park is interwoven into Boston’s urban fabric — a post we called“Baseball Urbanism”. This week we venture into “World Cup Urbanism.” Not that all sports arenas should look or operate like Fenway Park, but can design trends be detected, and lessons learned, from evaluating Brazil’s World … Continued

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