BOSTON Architecture and City Development – What to know before you go to Boston?


What the city of Boston can offer to travelers, professionals, and curious minds when we talk about architecture, public spaces, and urban development? In an informal but plausible manner, professor Tanja Conley is giving a 15 minutes’ answer to those questions in a leap from the first settlers, over the building constructions that defined the city, to the most contemporary architecture in Boston.

The video is focused on the city center with its modern high-rise buildings in the uneven pattern of centuries-old streets. We also talk about the famous Back Bay and South End neighborhoods, full of charm and “urban coziness”, which developed from the land taken from the see with wooden piles construction to the luxurious residential areas where people grow trendy community gardens. Picking the most important new architecture, we give homage to the buildings designed by a few “starchitects”, like Norman Foster or Renzo Piano, but also to the projects of some local architectural firms like Ann Beha Architects.

Tanja Conley also presents a controversial and consequential episode from in the life of Boston – a radical urban intervention in the spirit of Brutalism especially in the West End area, in an attempt to bring the new aesthetics of Modernism into the heart of the city.

This is the first part of our video series UNLOCKING THE CITY.

Authors: Tanja Conley, professor of theory and history of architecture and urban development, and Damir Kovacic, architecture journalist and video producer.

Music: Rastko Aksentijevic


Thumbnail based on a video frame from “Boston Common” by United States Photo Chief, under the CC BY at URL:

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