But what of Boston? Is the city too mid-sized to warrant study? Or, as Cambridge's urban backyard, too close to home for the educational institutions that choose to make projects on the city?
Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik don't think so. As curators of IN FORM, currently on view in the recently inaugurated BSA Space, the public gallery within Boston Society of Architects' new headquarters designed by Howeler + Yoon, they've created an exhibition that is in many ways a love letter to Boston. The trio is part of over,under, a multidisciplinary practice based in the South End that is also home to the firm's gallery, pinkcomma. Over the past few years, that venue's programing routinely positioned Boston as a site of architectural, design, and cultural production. They launched with Rethinking Boston City Hall in 2007, followed up with Public Works: Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig and HEROIC, a study of local Brutalist structures, in 2009.
At the BSA, viewers stand in front of the slide show wearing headphones. Slipping between past concerns and present demands, they listen in on a city at the brink of its bicentennial moment