WHAT IS QUAD?
The AIAS Quad Conference invites some of the most engaged and enthusiastic students from around the United States and parts of Canada to attend a 3-day conference full of interactive workshops, city tours, seminars, and keynotes. This year, Wentworth Institute of Technology was selected to host the 2019 AIAS Northeast Quad Conference. The Northeast Quad Conference is an annual regional conference that takes place in a different city in the Northeast each year. One American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) chapter from each quadrant of the United States is selected to host and organize a conference for their quad.
WHAT IS REFLEX?
Reflex; noun, an action that is performed as a response to a stimulus and without conscious thought.
Each year, the selected chapter is charged with creating a theme. Wentworth has selected “Reflex” as the framework for our discussion and investigation of a reflexive city. Boston could be considered a reflexive city: one design project in a specific neighborhood impacts that neighborhood but also affects the city as a whole. We intend to highlight design reaction on an urban scale. Boston is considered a hub of hubs, studying reflexive design here, one can find the influence throughout the city.