ARCHITECT: Handel Architects
PROJECT: Transforming Boston’s Midtown Cultural District
LOCATION: Boston, MA
Transformation of Boston’s Midtown Cultural District
URBAN DESIGN TACTICS
Midtown Cultural District
The city was looking for ways to re-build the activity of this district, and its first major Planned Development Area was for what became known as the Midtown Cultural District. Significant zoning envelopes were created by the city that were intended to lure developers to the area (Article 38, Boston Zoning Code). Certain protections were created to protect the environment of major open spaces such as the Common, Old Burial Ground, and some of the historic landmarks, mostly north of the District. Building massing emphasized urban street wall continuity, active and visible storefronts, setbacks for daylight to the street, and a range of permitted uses including multi-family residential.