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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.

 
 
 

FEATURED BOSTON TOURS
 

 

FENWAY PARK TOUR
Thursday, March 7; 2:30 PM

Tour America’s most beloved and oldest major league ballpark! Home to the 2018 World Champions; The Boston Red Sox. Celebrate traditions, see legends and feel the excitement of Boston Sports.

INSTITUTE of CONTEMPORARY ART TOUR
Friday, March 8; Time TBD

Explore art, music, film and a breathtaking waterfront view in this modern Boston museum and exhibition space. Opened in 2006, the ICA has become a world renown architectural site and the standard for contemporary art venues.

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY TOUR
Friday, March 8; Time TBD

Learn about the architectural history of the BPL while touring the newly renovated wing originally designed by Philip Johnson in 1972. Established in 1852, the library was the first to lend out books to the public.

 
 

RESTORE

The Restoration track will focus on the theories of preservation, restoration, and conservation at the urban scale. This track will be focused in the Back-Bay neighborhood but may not be limited to just the Back-Bay.

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RENEWAL

The Renewal track will focus on urban renewal in Boston and will cover key topics such as gentrification and urban planning. This track will explore the history of Boston and how it has established a foundation for at the urban scale by exploring the Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.

 
 

RESILIENCE

The Resilience track will focus on resilient design in and out of Boston; specifically, on the prospect of climate change, the rise in sea levels and deployment of sustainable design. This track will focus on the Seaport and East Boston neighborhoods and their relationship to the water’s edge.

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REINTEGRATE

The Reintegration track will explore how academic institutions, along with the growth of science and technology companies are reintegrating themselves into the greater Cambridge community.

 
 

MAKE WAY FOR BOSTON NE QUAD 2019

 
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