SCAPE selected to work on Downtown Boston Waterfront Design and Use Guidelines

Mar 3, 2021

In Boston, SCAPE was selected to work with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) on the Downtown Boston Waterfront Design and Use Guidelines, drawing together community and stakeholder input to provide clear priorities and design guidance for a more welcoming, accessible and resilient public realm and watersheet.

In collaboration with BPDA and a team including Tetra Tech, Utile and OverUnder, SCAPE is working to realize the aspirations of the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan and Watersheet Activation Plan, providing consistent design standards for both exterior and interior public spaces, wayfinding elements, landscaping, signage and public amenities to improve connectivity within the district and to adjacent open space resources such as the Greenway and Boston Harbor. Climate resilience will be a priority in the development of the Guidelines to ensure the long-term viability of public spaces. Design options to support a variety of year-round public activation and programming will also be explored. Additionally, the project will develop management concepts to better coordinate vessel berthing, water transportation and shoreside support infrastructure. The final Guidelines will inform new development and public realm improvements to ensure the district is welcoming, active and accessible to all residents and visitors.

The first Virtual Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 10 from 6 – 8 PM ET. Click to register for free.

For more information, visit the Social Pinpoint website created by SCAPE, where you can contribute thoughts and ideas via an interactive feedback map throughout the month of March.