architecture

By - 11/26/12 - 5:44 pm

Both are examples of sawtooth design, which, at least in the case of Millennium Place, allows for more profit-maximizing "corner" units. Utile explains.

By - 5/9/11 - 2:32 pm

St. Leonard's Peace Garden

Imagine City Hall or the Hynes covered in vines.

If Nate Swain has his way, it could happen. For the past couple of years, he's been covering eyesores in the North End with vinyl canvases covered with high-resolution photos. See if you... Read more

By - 11/21/08 - 2:31 pm

Against the philistinism of a bunch of tourists, there comes a City Hall defender.

A lot the tourists know. Without City Hall, there'd be none of the "more aesthetically pleasing ameneties" nearby, like Faneuil Hall.... Read more

By - 9/10/08 - 9:30 pm

Some interesting photos: See how downtown has changed - and hasn't.

By - 2/19/07 - 10:14 am

No, this time we're not talking about that soul-sucking dormitory at 1 Western Ave. Turns out criticizing Harvard architecture is a pastime that goes back generations. Charles Swift uncovers a biting critique of Harvard's building style way back in 1836, by George Cleveland:

... We would cite these as very perfect specimens of no known order of architecture; vast brick barns, destitute alike

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By - 2/11/07 - 6:31 pm

Sandouri Dean Bey discusses a 19th-century "stick style" house that is getting ripped apart around the corner from his house:

... The house sold for over $500K, a sad testimony to an inflated real estate market. Worse still is that after paying such an exorbitant price, the new owners proceeded to begin their half-assed renovations without pulling any permits whatsoever. The city quickly shut

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By - 8/19/06 - 9:20 am

Mike Mennonno starts a series on architectural abominations, beginning with the Tip O'Neill federal building, even though he allows as how it's not a complete abomination:

... The architect's inspiration seems to have been a stingy slice of tiramisu. ...

My pick for the ugliest building in Boston.... Read more

By - 5/10/05 - 7:41 pm

The state Department of Mental Health's Hurley Building was designed in the same "brutalist" mode as the nearby City Hall. But City Hall is a delightful little confectionary compared to this truly brutal, depressing series of concrete fists smashing the spirit of onlookers into a thin pulp. Elephantine concrete columns follow one after another, with no visual relief, figuratively... Read more

By - 4/24/05 - 6:49 pm

MFA Jewel BoxMarc is not at all upset that the construction schedule for the MFA's proposed $385-million addition seems to have slipped by more than a year:

... It's another entirely forgettable, vaguely irritating design of straight lines and cubes, and the best that can be said of it is that some of it is glass.

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