Friday, April 24, 2015

Food for Finals & Extended Hours :: Spring 2015

Food for Finals :: Spring 2015
Saturday May 2, 2015 at 6 pm
Sunday May 3, 2015 at 6 pm
Saturday May 9, 2015 at 6 pm
Sunday May 10, 2015 at 6 pm
The Loft, 320 Newbury St, Second Floor

All BAC students are invited to the Loft (second floor of 320 Newbury Street), for Food for Finals for the Saturday, and Sunday before finals and the Saturday, and Sunday before studio reviews in conjunction with Extended Hours.

Friday, May 1
320 Newbury and 951 Boylston Building Open Until Midnight!

Saturday, May 2
6 pm - Italian Food from NOMAS
320 Newbury and 951 Boylston Building Open Until Midnight!

Sunday, May 3
6 pm - Mediterranean Food from the BAC Green Team
320 Newbury and 951 Boylston Building Open Until Midnight!

Friday, May 8
320 Newbury and 951 Boylston Building Open Until Midnight!

Saturday, May 9
6 pm - Thai Food from SASLA
320 Newbury and 951 Boylston Building Open Until Midnight!

Sunday, May 10
6 pm - Indian Food from Atelier
320 Newbury and 951 Boylston Building Open Until Midnight!

Get to know your student organizations. Participate in Food for Finals at the BAC and recharge with classmates over food. See YOU there!

Scholarship :: 2015 Education Fund Student Scholarship

2015 Education Fund Student Scholarship
Apply by: May 31, 2015
Scholarship Website

IIDA New England would like to announce that the call for entries for the 2015 Education Fund Student Scholarship is now open!

As part of IIDA New England's commitment to the education of  student members, the Education Fund Student Scholarship was established in 2014. The annual initiative will award three New England design students scholarships in the amount of $1,200 each for the 2015 Fall Semester. Recipients will be announced at the IIDA NE Annual meeting in June and will be featured on the IIDA NE website in September.  Applications are due May 31, 2015.

The application and recommendation forms can be found below. The forms may also be found on the IIDA website at the following link:



Blog Pick :: Typetoken

Blog Pick :: Typetoken
Phil Reville, M.Arch Candidate

With portfolio review quickly approaching, this week’s blog pick is a great resource for all things typography, iconography, and visual language. Typetoken is an online magazine that showcases, discusses, and reviews the abovementioned, looking to keep the design community abreast of what is new and exciting in all things typography. The site has an overwhelming catalog, from reviews on recent publications to posts about typeface related events.  Furthermore, the site is broken into eight categories based on feature relevance: icon, publication, theory, typeface, visual language, event, identity, and art. While many features overlap in content between these categories, it is an easier way to navigate when looking for something more specific.

A feature on a recent publication that caught my eye was that of a book called Type Plus.  Type Plus looks deeper at the seemingly obvious notion that messages are more powerfully communicative when typography is combined with imagery. Typetoken writes,
“By focusing on a host of contemporary practitioners from around the world, Type Plus creates a picture of a new dynamism in typographic expression. The era of type as a passive, semi-invisible holder of meaning is long gone.” 

Typetoken provides publication information and a link to a shop where you can buy the book.

While typetoken features many publications such as Type Plus, there are also posts about typography in its most basic form. One such post follows the launch of a brand new font by company Fontsmith.  The font, FS Millbank, was created for use in transportation settings,  highly stylized for fast-paced, long distance, and potentially blurred viewing.  In addition, the font was designed alongside matching icons. The feature provides insight into just how much work goes into making a single font.  The attention to detail given to each letter is astonishing. The fact that this font was then tested in various transportation scenarios is even more amazing.  I can only imagine the sketchbooks filled only with typefaces that Fontsmith has lying around.

So think twice before choosing your next font or layout.  Each font says something slightly different than the next.  Moreover, the way you lay out your imagery and text is inextricably linked to the way your information is received.  Take a look through typetoken and take notice of what fonts are used when and with what imagery.  We’re not masters of typography or visual language by any means, but it is certainly something to begin to take seriously... your portfolio might just depend on it.

Also be sure to check out the Boston Society of Architects’ current exhibition, Stereotype - a collection of works that reveal a “departure from conventional typographical approaches focused on two-dimensional letters by incorporating the elements of time, movement, and the third dimension.”  

Now through May 25, admission is free:

Upcoming Events at MIT :: Active Matter Summit; Collier Memorial Lecture; Revisiting CASE Symposium

Upcoming Events at MIT

April 24-25, 2015 // 9 AM - 6 PM, Bartos Theater E15-070
Active Matter Summit (Full schedule available here.)

In recent decades, developments in software and hardware technologies have created dramatic shifts in design, manufacturing and research. Software technologies have facilitated automated process and new solutions for complex problems. Computation has also become a platform for creativity through generative art and design. New hardware platforms and digital fabrication technologies have similarly transformed manufacturing, offering more efficient production and mass customization. Such advances have helped catalyzed the maker-movement, democratizing design and maker culture. This influx of new capabilities to design, compute and fabricate like never before, has sparked a renewed interest in material performance. This conference is about the emerging field of active matter and programmable materials that bridges the worlds of art, science, engineering and design, demonstrating new perspectives for computation, transformation and dynamic material applications.

How does this shift influence materials research, and how does it shape the future of design, arts, and industrial applications? What tools and design processes do we need to advance, augment and invent new materials today? What are the key roles that industry, government, academic and public institutions can play in catalyzing the field of programmable materials? This two-day conference will consist of a range of talks and lively discussion from leading researchers in materials science, art & design, synthetic biology and soft-robotics along with leaders from government, public institutions and industry.

April 27, 2015 // 6 PM, 10-250
J. Meejin Yoon and John Ochsendorf

On April 29, 2015, MIT will dedicate the Collier Memorial to honor the life of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. A lecture on 'the making of the collier memorial' will be made in advance of the public opening on April 27th. Over the last year, a team of faculty, students, and professionals collaborated on the design, engineering, and construction of the memorial. The Collier Memorial, designed by Professor Meejin Yoon and engineered in collaboration with Professor John Ochsendorf, is built from thirty-two solid granite blocks to form a five-way asymmetrical vault, achieving stability and strength through unity and the interaction of each part. The memorial symbolizes strength through community and combines historic stone setting techniques with contemporary robotic fabrication technologies. Please join us for a detailed journey through the design, engineering, creation, and construction of the memorial in advance of the public dedication.

May 2, 2015 // 10 AM - 6 PM, 10-250
Revisiting CASE: Conference of Architects for the Study of the Environment, 1964-1974

Participants: CASE members Stanford Anderson, Anthony (Tony) Eardley, Peter Eisenman, Kenneth Frampton, Robert Kliment, Donlyn Lyndon, Michael McKinnell, Richard Meier, Henry (Hank) Millon, and Thomas (Tim) Vreeland, plus Robert Goodman, K. Michael Hays, Sylvia Lavin, Reinhold Martin, Joan Ockman, Felicity Scott, Anthony Vidler, and faculty and students from the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art program at MIT.

In 1964, a group of young architects got together to form CASE, the Conference of Architects for the Study of the Environment. Instigated by a young, recent doctorate from the University of Cambridge, Peter Eisenman, the group contained a swath of architectural intellects then newly stepping into American universities, many of whom would become formative institutional and intellectual forces in their own right: Kenneth Frampton, Michael Graves, Richard Meier, John Hejduk, Stanford Anderson, Hank Millon, and the older, redoubtable Colin Rowe. Their discussions included issues from pedagogy to practice, from the relevance of the discipline to the necessity of interdisciplinarity. They organized meetings and conferences at several east coast universities, and broadcast their work through an exhibition at MoMA and a teach-in at the University of Oregon. These events produced the impetus for later developments in the field, both in terms of collaborations and conflicts. The conflicts include Robert Venturi’s snub to the group, setting up the ground for the later “Whites and Grays” debate; the collaborations would find fruition in the formation of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York and the Museum of Modern Art events leading to the publication of the New York Five. Less known are CASE’s interest in community engagement, their entanglements with the politics and counter-culture of the late 1960s, and their relationship to the formation of history curricula and doctoral programs within American schools of architecture.

Fifty years after the formation of the group, Stanford Anderson’s essay “CASE and MIT: Engagement,” included in the compendium titled A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture and the 'Techno-Social' Moment (MIT, 2013), produced a rich memoir of the group’s meetings and discussions. Our conference Revisiting CASE follows up on this initial research to revisit the group’s discussions and conversations in the 1960s and early 1970s. Participants will include the original CASE members as well as noted scholars of the history of modern architecture in North America. In their initial meeting, Colin Rowe talked about the prospects of the group as best realized in a state of ‘productive disunity.’ Revisiting CASE will revisit this disunity through the key issues that sparked debate within the group—inspiring collegiality as well as discord. The conference positions these events as a key chapter in the evolution of contemporary architectural discourse.

Back Bay's Annual Alley Rally 2015

Back Bay's Annual Alley Rally 2015
Saturday May 9, 2015

This year’s 2015 Back Bay Alley Rally will be held on Saturday, May 9th, from 8:30am to noon.  Neighborhood Association of Back Bay (NABB) has been running Alley Rally, an annual "beautification" event, since 1967.  As in years past, this year’s event will be held in conjunction with Mayor Walsh's Boston Shines, a city-wide Cleanup initiative.

After this year's historical winter, which brought excessive amounts of salt and sand, and the seasonal street sweeping hiatus, our alleys and side streets are now, more than ever, in need of our attention. The Alley Rally is great chance for BAC's individuals, local organizations, and clubs to meet their neighbors while sprucing up the Back Bay alleys and side streets that we use every day.

BAC’s students and local organizations have been strong supporters of Alley Rally in years past and we hope many will again consider volunteering for this year’s event.  In recognition of all of the volunteers, complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided by local restaurants, in addition to the second annual free raffle for all participants following the clean-up (restaurant gift cards, massage certificates, a Boston Harbor sail cruise on a private yacht, plus many more great prizes).

All interested parties should check out the above flyer, contact Jason Post directly, or visit the Facebook page ( for additional information.

For more details:

Jason Post
(617) 839-7185

NuRide :: Ridematching & Travel Rewards

Ridematching & Travel Rewards

NuRide is MassRlDES' online tool that helps you find carpool matches and provides rewards for greener trips - and it’s FREE!

Don't know who to carpool with? NuRide can help you find people that live and work near you and are interested in sharing the ride. Save on gas, split driving responsibilities and make new friends.

You can start by taking a Sneak Peak to see if you have potential carpool or vanpool matches nearby. Once you're signed in, you can send messages to matches securely without giving out any of your personal information.

Travel Rewards
Already taking green trips? Sign up for NuRide and begin logging to accrue points towards great rewards! Do you take commuter rail to work or bike to a friend's house? These are green trips you should be logging into NuRide!

Once you begin to accrue points, use your NuRide rewards towards restaurant coupons and discounts from local and national retailers. Interested in knowing the difference you make by traveling green? NuRide also provides measurements to calculate the money you have saved, the number of drive-alone trips you have reduced and your positive environmental impact.

NuRide is the nation's largest rewards program for individuals who take green trips - walking, bicycling, carpooling, vanpooling, public transportation and even telecommuting are all green travel options.

2015 MassCommute Bicycle Challenge

2015 MassCommute Bicycle Challenge
May 9-17, 2015
Challenge Website

Please join MassCommute to help promote cycling as a healthy, inexpensive, and eco-friendly form of transportation. Joining the Challenge is fun, easy and FREE for anyone who lives or works in Massachusetts! Log all of the miles you ride during Bay State Bike Week (May 9-17, 2015) and enjoy some friendly competition between local businesses, universities and communities.

Last year riders logged a grand total of 138,340 Miles during the challenge week, and we want to beat that this year!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Green Team :: Bike Safety Lecture (4.25)

Green Team :: Bike Safety Lecture
Saturday April 25th; 3pm
McCormick Gallery

Whether you are a regular bike commuter or brand new to biking in the city, learning the safest way to navigate the crowded streets of Boston on a bike is always important! Join the Green Team for a Bike Safety Lecture given by MLA candidate and bike expert Tom Klein at 3pm in the McCormick Gallery in the lobby of 320 Newbury Street. Everyone in attendance wins a free set of bamboo cutlery and is entered in a raffle to win a free bike light!

Contact The Green Team for more info!

Edmund C. Toomey Award for Student Advocacy

A message from your Student Government, Atelier:

'In honor of Ed's commitment to the students of the BAC, the Ed Toomey Award for Student Advocacy is awarded by the Atelier Board to a member of the BAC faculty, staff, or administration who best exemplifies his priorities and willingness to put students above all else.

A description of the award:
Ed Toomey served as the first Provost of the Boston Architectural College, from 2006 to 2008. He set an exemplary standard for student advocacy that should be remembered, as he became a good friend and our strongest ally. Ed spent whatever amount of time and energy was necessary to help students identify their various needs, and to keep those needs as his highest priority. An uncanny ability to listen was matched with an unflinching willingness to act diplomatically and firmly. In a college as complex, and rapidly-evolving as our own, his friendship was invaluable, and generations of students will reap the benefits of his legacy.'

Please e-mail nominations to then we'll put it to a vote next week!'

BAC Buzz Board :: 4.13 - 4.23

4.13 - 4.23 


  • Sunny with a high of 70*
  • Hate auto-flush >_<
  • DenCity competition submission due Monday!
  • By believing, there's always a way! <3 li="">
  • Hot to Cold
  • Heartbreak Hill
  • Feelin' Preppy
  • Soccer
  • Really into podcasts lately... highly recommend getting the podcast app! -Juliet 4/21/15 @9:30am
  • A REALLY awesome sketch from the work of BAC student, Jess Alpert


  • AIAS Coffee Breaks
  • Spring 2015 Student Lecture Series
  • Summer in MALTA!
  • Bicycle Workshop (4.18)
  • SASLA Spring 2015 Happenings
  • Sprintax