Credits: 1 AIA LU/Elective; 1 AIBD P-CE
May qualify for learning hours through most Canadian architectural associations
This webinar will explore current design practices, strategies, and materials used in multifamily housing projects and profile three unique projects:
- The Lucas, a 33-unit luxury condominium residence, formerly the late 19th century Holy Trinity German Church, at 136 Shawmut Avenue in Boston’s South End by Finegold Alexander Architects;
- The Boulevard, a 12-story, 120-feet-tall structure with 31 luxury residential units and five artist live/work lofts in Boston by Finegold Alexander Architects; and
- Fountain Place, a new 45-story residential tower designed by Page Architects. AMLI Residential will complete Pei Cobb Freed’s Fountain Place Master Plan in Dallas.
Each presenter will demonstrate the design constraints and challenges as well as their solutions while highlighting differing approaches to integrating multifamily housing into the surrounding city buildings and spaces. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion in which the panelists will discuss how their projects address a variety of issues, including cost and affordability, community concerns, unit design, and open space.
Ellen K. Anselone, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, vice president and principal of Finegold Alexander Architects, and Lara Pfadt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, architect and sustainability strategist at Finegold Alexander Architects, will present on The Lucas—a former church turned condo in Boston—and with Robert Law, AIA, associate and architect at Finegold Alexander Architects, present on The Boulevard—live work and commercial units in Boston.
Wendy Dunnam Tita, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP, principal and interior architecture director of Page Architects, and Talmadge Smith, AIA, LEED AP, will present on the Fountain Place project—a symmetrical prism of emerald green glass in Dallas—with a basic focus on how the projects came into being and how the key design elements actually work.
The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion in which the panelists will discuss how their projects address four key issues:
- Cost: What tradeoffs did they need to make to get their projects built? Did innovative design add costs that needed to be recouped in other areas of the project, or did it reduce overall costs?
- Regulatory barriers: What regulatory or other legal barriers did the project need to overcome? What strategies did the design team use to overcome them?
- Unit Design: What innovative design approaches were used at the unit level? How did unit-level design considerations influence the broader design of the whole building and vice versa?
- Open Space: How was open space provided in the project? How much of it is public, how much is private, and what is the relationship, if any, between the two?
- Describe three approaches used by the projects discussed to integrate multifamily housing into the surrounding communities and buildings.
- List three development strategies used to identify innovative options for affordable multifamily housing.
- Provide three examples of changes in public housing strategies in the past two decades.
- Discuss several ways in which open space in multifamily housing projects can be used to engage the occupants and the surrounding community.