2009-2010 ‘Exploring Design’ Lecture Series

Liberty Leading the People into Government Center

The Boston Society of Architects Lecture Series at the Boston Public Library

This series is co-sponsored by the Boston Public Library and is held in the Library’s Rabb Lecture Hall in Copley Square. Each presentation begins at 6:00 pm at the Library and is free and open to all. We recommend that you arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of each presentation. Reservations are not required.

This annual series of presentations on architecture and the built environment illuminates the ways in which all of us shape the design of our neighborhoods and our cities, and the profound impact design has on our communities and the way in which we live.

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Civic Intimacy

Joshua Simoneau

June 16, 2010


Upon winning the prestigious Rotch Travelling Scholarship in 2008, Joshua spent approximately one year in Western Europe, examining many of the world’s greatest cities. Building upon Louis Kahn’s notion that “the center is the cathedral of the city,” Joshua’s research focuses on how the city center should not only be accessible, allowing expression and an equal sense of belonging to all participants, but also be socially relevant, transcendental, and concerned with everyday life in matters of both the individual and collective group. Joshua will discuss his investigation of European civic spaces and how lessons learned from these places might be applied to improve Boston’s civic realm.

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