Adaptation + Preservation
Boston City Hall Plaza is one of the city’s most recognizable civic spaces that is undergoing major renovation plans this year. The new design takes the significant cultural legacy of the building and plaza into account, reinterpreting its historic bones as it reinvents the experience of the seat of city government for a greater diversity of uses by a far greater diversity of people. Learn how the new design incorporates the building and plaza’s design legacy and the recently-completed master plan while innovatively reimagining universal accessibility, play, sustainability and resilience strategies, shade and human comfort features, flexible civic and social gathering places, an overall welcoming visitor experience, updates to public safety and security measures, and more. This panel will weave landscape architecture, architecture, and city voices into an unfolding narrative about the vast potential of a site and building that has been in persistent need of reinvigoration for decades.