CityLab Pro

Explore Boston in hands-on walking workshop

BAC Homecoming
  • 10/10/2015

  • 8:30 AM  - 11:30 AM

  • Boston Architectural College
    320 Newbury Street, Boston


  • Free

  • Alumni

Do you love the crisp autumn air in Boston? Are you interested in going outside and sketching more? Would you like to learn more about Boston while spending time with fellow BAC alumni and current students?

Join us for CityLab Pro, a hands-on walking workshop modelled after the current foundation-year CityLab Intensive core course. CityLab Pro explores techniques of field sketching and mental mapping as ways of highlighting key elements of urban transformation and design stewardship. The workshop aims to create more sustainable and resilient futures for evolving professional practices and neighborhoods by supporting critical thinking, drawing, and creative collaboration out and about in the city!

  • Open to the public with no prerequisites (offered as an extension of the BAC's Homecoming and/or CEU Weekend)
  • Interdisciplinary teams of BAC alumni, current students, and faculty
  • Field-based activities involve urban sketching, mapping, and digital site analysis techniques associated with historic and contemporary case study sites
  • Led by BAC practice department faculty with the potential for surprise guest speakers
  • Underscores design thinking through a process of curiosity, discovery, and cultivation of learningoutside the classroom in an applied manner where collaboration and communication are essential
  • Topics for investigation may fall under five categories (design lenses): 
    • Health & Human Comfort (publichealth, disaster preparedness, energy efficiency, climate change, design + violence, design for aging populations)
    • Mobility & Circulation (accessibility, pedestrian routes, public transportation, service infrastructure, storm water systems, public safety, economic mobility)
    • Open Space (public/private realm, the commons, ecological preservation, brownfield remediation, environmental resilience, civic parks, recreation space)
    • Social/Cultural Systems (historical assets, social cohesion, heritage, historical preservation, tactical urbanism, folklore, cultural sites, music, food systems)
    • Built Form & Development Patterns (urban planning, housing design, sustainable development, architectural figure ground, designing for density, civic architecture, building technologies, construction materials & techniques)

Beginner and intermediate sketchers are welcome!

Please bring your own sketchbook, pens, pencils, and/or mixed media supplies. Comfortable walking shoes are also encouraged—we will be moving around!

Meet in the 320 Newbury Street first floor Fishbowl at 8:30 am for a brief introductory presentation.