Boston’s chefs have a long history of inventiveness. Beantown invented Boston Baked Beans, the Boston Cream Pie, the Parker House Roll, and coined the term “scrod” for a type of fish. But if these foods strike you as, well, a little commonplace, you’ll be happy to know that Boston is very much an epicurean’s delight with more than enough top-notch restaurants to excite the most jaded of haut palates. Photo courtesy Greater Boston CVB/ FayFoto A café on Newbury Street. Related Links: History/overview Museums Galleries Shopping Dining Nightlife Walking Tour The town’s finest establishments are mostly French-inspired and are spread
Boston is sometimes accused of having an inferiority complex compared to New York City, its larger, louder neighbor to the south. There’s a hint of jealousy in one of Boston’s many nicknames, “the hub of the universe,” but Beantown, a more humble moniker that refers to a dietary staple during colonial times, has several sides to its personality. Today, Boston has more art and culture venues per capita than its southern neighbor—and architecture that’s every bit as good. This is reflected in yet another sobriquet: “The Athens of America.” The Puritans founded Boston in 1626, just six years after the
Admirers of the 1906 Morgan Library & Museum who felt that Renzo Piano’s 2006 expansion overshadowed the historic rooms of J. Pierpont Morgan’s former study and library — housed in an Italianate marble building designed by McKim, Mead & White principal Charles McKim — can banish pangs of resentment.
As Rio de Janeiro prepares to host several high-profile events, including the United Nations’ 2012 “Rio+20” Earth Summit, and the 2016 Summer Olympics, the city is unveiling major architecture commissions and urban improvements. One such undertaking breaks ground this month: the Museu do Amanhã, or Museum of Tomorrow, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Located on Pier Maua, adjacent to Rio’s main cruise ship terminal, the museum will anchor a $2.8 billion
For years, designers have used old shipping containers to construct new single- and multi-family housing. Now, perhaps as a sign of our cost-conscious and eco-minded times, unrelated architects on opposite coasts are expanding this concept to another building type: commercial offices.