on Jun 12, 2015
The Lawn on D Recognized with AIA National Award and Boston ASLA Award
HR&A is pleased to announce that The Lawn on D, a flexible, vibrant, and temporary open space in Boston, was recently recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) as a catalyst for innovative placemaking, neighborhood revitalization, and design excellence. The AIA National Small Project Award, which celebrates design excellence from projects under $1,500,000 in construction costs, praised The Lawn on D for its “simple interventions such as color, furniture, and lighting [which] completely transformed the site into one that engages the community and is alive.” The BSLA recognized The Lawn on D with an Honor Award for Design, placing it in the top tier of design projects recognized by the organization this year.
HR&A, in partnership with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), and with support from Chris Wangro, has played a pivotal role in developing and implementing comprehensive public programming on behalf of the MCCA, providing program design, business planning, budget management, and program administration services for the project. The Lawn on D, which was designed by Sasaki Associates, has become a lively gathering space for the Fort Point, South Boston, and Innovation District neighborhoods. Located on D Street at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the 2.7-acre space uses innovative programming, including free public festivals and events unique to The Lawn on D, as well as lawn games, food and beverage options, public art exhibitions and cultural offerings, and free Wi-Fi to attract diverse audiences to the Innovation District and strengthen the connection of the BCEC to the surrounding urban fabric.
HR&A congratulates The Lawn on D team for their creativity and recognition of their work. We look forward to continuing this summer’s successful season of exciting programming, which began with a three-day opening festival, a giant inflatable maze, and a rock concert. For upcoming events, visit the website here.