Chair Yoga classes at Symphony Park

The Boston Public Health Commission collaborated with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department to sponsor and host these terrific free chair yoga classes at Symphony Park!  Marie Fukuda, member and coordinator of the Friends of Symphony Park facilitated this AMAZING video.  Check it out here!

At Symphony Park, we designed this gathering space for everyday casual gatherings and the occasional concert or chair yoga class.   It was sized to be comfortable with just two people or up to thirty people with movable furniture to allow for the difference uses.

At Symphony Park, we designed this gathering space for everyday casual gatherings and the occasional concert or chair yoga class.   It was sized to be comfortable with just two people or up to thirty people with movable furniture to allow for the difference uses.

Summer concert at Symphony Park (sorry this should be a video too)! 

Summer concert at Symphony Park (sorry this should be a video too)! 

For the Chair Yoga Class video click here!  This video makes me smile from ear-to-ear!!!  This is just one of the reasons we enjoy designing public spaces and parks.

For the Chair Yoga Class video click here!  This video makes me smile from ear-to-ear!!!  This is just one of the reasons we enjoy designing public spaces and parks.

Bentley's centennial (1917-2017)

Bentley University recognized their significant donors during their centennial this year.  We worked closely with the University on a new gathering space that included a donor wall by Honorcraft and falcon sculpture by Skylight Studios.  

Collaboration with Kulin Modern

Jacob Kulin (Kulin Modern) and I worked together on Symphony Park, and we were recently looking for the next opportunity to collaborate. Fortunately that came about on a rooftop this time. Jacob helped me design an architectural railing for a roof deck in Boston's Back Bay, and then did the manufacturing/installation.  

This new roof deck had stunning views of the city yet many utilities and condensers that could not be relocated. The custom railing helped us screen those utilities yet didn't block airflow. We designed a two-sized asymmetric pattern that was waterjet cut from 60/61 half-inch solid aluminum and then anodized. The back bottom third has an acrylic panel for additional screening and lighting effects.   

Who do you enjoy collaborating with and why?

Last year we asked many of our friends and clients this question. We enjoyed learning more about how they work together, and how to expand our network at the same time. The most frequent comments:  our best collaborators are fun to work with, they challenge us, and simply bring out our best!

One of our 2016 highlights included the completion of Symphony Park. We had an on-going collaboration for 7 years with their Friends Group, East Fenway neighborhood, Boston Parks Department, Nitsch Engineering, SGH Engineering, Thompson Engineering, and Kulin Modern.  

Marie Fukuda, Jacob Kulin, Jon Pate, Karen Euler, Julie Burros, and Mayor Marty Walsh

Marie Fukuda, Jacob Kulin, Jon Pate, Karen Euler, Julie Burros, and Mayor Marty Walsh

For more thoughts on this topic, check out this article:  Getting Your Stars to Collaborate by Heidi K. Gardner (Harvard Business Review, January-February 2017 issue)

Getting Your Stars to Collaborate

Getting Your Stars to Collaborate

New Name, Same Firm

Pate Landscape Architecture (Pate LA) carries forward the work of Pate Adams. The new firm name reflects Jon Pate's belief that thoughtful design exploration results in well-crafted environments. 

Pate LA focuses on understanding client priorities, site programming, and the unique opportunities and constraints of each site. Fundamental to each design is a respect of the natural environment and architecture, followed by careful site investigations and creative sustainable solutions.

Jon regularly collaborates with architects, engineers, owners, and other creative professionals on university and college campuses, parks, healthcare gardens, green roofs, and private residences. Clients appreciate the commitment to their landscapes, regardless of project size or budget. 

Programming at Symphony Park

Hats off to the Friends of Symphony Park for arranging a full complement of programming at the newly opened park in Boston's Fenway neighborhood. From morning Tai Chi to jazz trios, there is something for everyone. 

Sculpture Underway

Our Symphony Park project awaits a masterful sculpture by Kulin Modern. Here are a few views of the fabrication.

Aging the Core-Ten steel in order to develop the perfect patina.

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Bronze couplings attach the stainless steel rods to the sweeping sculpture.

The Kulin sculpture was designed in concert with the park design. The paving and the sculpture share similar gestures.

With Sea Levels Rising, Designers Meet the Challenge

Canoeing on Commercial Street in Boston

Canoeing on Commercial Street in Boston

We are so pleased to be included in the group of finalists for the Boston Living with Water Competition.

We teamed with ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge and AKF Engineering to address the call for a resilient and beautiful Boston. Our team's board is called the WATER FUN(d). View the board here.

FUN(d) stands for “Future Underwater Neighborhood district.” We imagine a new kind of coastal neighborhood that skillfully evolves and interacts with the water as it rises.

 

Here are some of the things we discussed while creating our competition entry:

  1. Everybody in Boston is going to get their feet wet. One third of Boston is within 7.5’ of high tide. By 2100 the sea level rise could be between 3’ and 6’. Add storm surge to that number and imagine the impact on our neighborhoods.
  2. Combining creative solutions can mitigate the rising tides, protect our shorelines and provide social and economic value to the neighborhood. These solutions include introducing (or re-introducing) wave breaks, canals, salt water marshes, and living barrier walls. 
  3. We must adapt, collectively. Most importantly, all citizens need to embrace the rising water level with curiosity and adaptation for a resilient and beautiful Boston.

 

How can you learn more about living with water? Click here to view all of the submissions to the Boston Living with Water Challenge. Or click here to read the background documents that informed this work.

 

The Boston Living with Water Competition is administered by the Boston Harbor Association, the City of Boston, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the Boston Society of Architects. 

 

Images courtesy ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge.

Symphony Park Begins to Take Shape

Winter construction shutdown is taking place at Symphony Park in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston. The latest photos of the site are below and project background can be viewed here.

Beginnings of a gathering space scaled for everyday use and occasional musical performances.

Beginnings of a gathering space scaled for everyday use and occasional musical performances.

For its unique coloration, we selected local Goshen stone for the seatwalls.

For its unique coloration, we selected local Goshen stone for the seatwalls.

Mayor Walsh attended our groundbreaking on September 6, testimony to the steadfast vision of Friends of Symphony Park. Residents and friends have been committed to improving this park since 2006.

Mayor Walsh attended our groundbreaking on September 6, testimony to the steadfast vision of Friends of Symphony Park. Residents and friends have been committed to improving this park since 2006.

Bentley University Readies for Spring

The outdoor gathering spaces are coming together at Bentley University's student center expansion. We salvaged the existing site granite and asked the contractor to cut it lengthwise for its new purpose in the new design.         

In order to get the building open in the spring, building and site contractors are on the job at the same time.  

In order to get the building open in the spring, building and site contractors are on the job at the same time.  

Our wall section concept for the reclaimed granite walls.

Our wall section concept for the reclaimed granite walls.

The four-foot-long precast concrete wall segments are carefully being placed.

The four-foot-long precast concrete wall segments are carefully being placed.

A preliminary sketch for concrete steps meeting the seatwall.

A preliminary sketch for concrete steps meeting the seatwall.

Reclaimed granite wall footing work

Reclaimed granite wall footing work

A mason's puzzle! The landscape contractor field-cut the reclaimed granite to the demanding specifications.

A mason's puzzle! The landscape contractor field-cut the reclaimed granite to the demanding specifications.

Broad concrete stairs connect the two seatwalls.

Broad concrete stairs connect the two seatwalls.

This flexible gathering space is surrounded by the precast concrete seatwall.

This flexible gathering space is surrounded by the precast concrete seatwall.