Will Innovative Design Build the Future of Boston?


“Boston is home to the world’s most innovative thinkers – in science and technology, and in business, art, and architecture. Our City’s built environment should reflect this culture of imagination. Too often, in recent decades, new buildings have been merely functional. I believe Boston can do better.” – Mayor Martin J. Walsh


The IDeAS: Innovative Design Alternatives Summit emerged in response to a challenge Mayor Martin J. Walsh issued in his December speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. He encouraged developers and designers to “reach beyond your comfort zone” and “take design to a new level” to build inspiration into Boston’s landscape.


On May 6th and 7th, the City of Boston, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and the Boston Society of Architects will bring together designers, community leaders, developers, city officials, and academics to jumpstart the conversation about enhancing design and architecture in Boston through an inclusive, interactive visioning process.


HR&A Chairman, John Alschuler, will be joining designers and policy leaders in a panel on May 7th at 1:45 titled “How We Share Resources”. As we engage diverse communities in design, we must consider how alternative financing mechanisms, regionalization, and new infrastructure needs can foster equitable access to economic development benefits. In this panel, John will explore how we can assess and finance community and cultural benefit through design interventions.


All panels are free and open to the public, and interested attendees are encouraged to register for one or both days