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Heroism & Hubris

Monday, September 24
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: BNCC-106AD

Often problematically labeled as “Brutalist” architecture, the concrete buildings that transformed Boston during 1960s and 1970s were conceived with progressive-minded intentions by some of the world’s most influential designers, including Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, I. M. Pei, Henry Cobb, Araldo Cossutta, Gerhard Kallmann and Michael McKinnell, Paul Rudolph, Josep Lluís Sert, and The Architects Collaborative. Concrete was deployed in the widespread creation of civic, cultural, and academic projects. After decades of stagnation and corrupt political leadership, public investment in Boston in the 1960s catalyzed enormous growth, resulting in a generation of bold buildings that shared a vocabulary of concrete modernism. The period spans from the 1960 arrival of Edward J. Logue as the powerful and controversial director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority to the reopening of Quincy Market in 1976. What emerged was a vision for the city’s widespread revitalization referred to as the “New Boston.” The book Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston surveys the intentions and aspirations of this period and considers anew its legacies—both troubled and inspired.

Authors Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik will share findings from their decade-long study of these concrete buildings and their relationship to urban renewal. They will address ongoing advocacy challenges and professional conservation work, in particular with Boston City Hall.

Chris Grimley

Principal
OverUnder

Chris Grimley, is a founding principal of over,under and on the adjunct faculty at Northeastern University’s College of Art Media and Design. He co-authored Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston, published by The Monacelli Press in 2015, and is currently working on a book examining Pittsburgh’s urban renewal efforts. His work has been recognized by the AIGA, SEGD, HOW, docomomo, the Boston Preservation Alliance and the Boston Society of Architects.

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Mark Pasnik

Principal
OverUnder

Mark Pasnik, AIA, is a founding principal of over,under and a professor of architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He co-authored Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston, published by The Monacelli Press in 2015. The book was awarded a Graham Foundation grant and has received honors from Docomomo US, the Boston Preservation Alliance, Historic New England, and the Boston Society of Architects. He is currently developing a conservation management plan for Boston City Hall, sponsored by the Getty Foundation’s Keeping It Modern grant program.

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Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Principal
Barbara A. Campagna/Architecture + Planning, PLLC

Barbara is an architect, planner and historian – reinventing and restoring historic and existing buildings. She is the recipient of the National AIA Young Architect of the Year Award 2002 and was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA in 2009 as “the leading national architect and policymaker for the integration of preservation values into green building practices.” Barbara has completed the restorations of some of the most significant National Historic Landmarks in the country and is a recognized leader in the preservation and modernization of modern heritage. She ran her own architecture firm for many years in New York City, served as the Regional Preservation Officer for the Northwest Region of the General Services Administration and from 2006-2011 was the Chief Architect for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Barbara’s firm, BAC/A+P, occupies a unique niche in both the historic preservation and green building fields. She is the Chair of the APT 2018 50th Anniversary Conference and was the APT President from 2005-2007.

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