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Design Partnership Plus Continues with Fairmount Corridor Visioning

October 25, 2016


The Fairmount Corridor Visioning teams selected by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Foundation, gathered at the Design Arts Collaborative at 157 Washington St in Dorchester for a design review. Community residents, leaders and organizers showed up to listen to presentations and give feedback on the teams' visioning renderings and ideas.

Principal Phil Loheed and Senior Associate Hyacinth John of DP+ were selected, among 30 Boston area architects and designers to produce renderings that reflect the vision of community residents along the Fairmount Corridor. The Fairmount Commuter rail line runs from South Station in downtown Boston, to Readville, MA. The visioning teams gathered at the Dorchester Arts Collaborative where each team had the opportunity to present their draft vision renderings and receive feedback from community residents. Members of each team also received feedback from the other visioning team members on their ideas.


Design Partnership Plus, as part of the Four Corners / Geneva Avenue station area team, presented and discussed their renderings to the larger group. The team focused on various sites within the assigned station area - such as the commuter rail station and sites along Washington Street. Draft renderings illustrated the vision of the community, focusing on six key findings: Prosperity, Home, Place, Getting Around, Parks and Public Space, and Quality of Life.


Photo Credit: Claudia Paraschiv

In preparation for the pin-up session, the Four Corners team took a walking tour of the station area to begin to understand and experience the community. Iris Dupont, who is a Four Corners resident and artist, offered up her art studio to the team, where they had a Saturday morning session brainstorming ideas. The team was also joined by Iris and Marilyn Forman, who is a lead organizer with the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. Part of the discussion revolved around understanding the issues concerning the community, the residents' vision outlined in the history of station area, culture, assignment of various sites and options for rendering styles. The team also referenced and discussed the documents that were prepared and made available by various agencies, including the City of Boson and Boston Planning & Development Agency.  The team produced diagrams, hand and computer renderings, Photoshop collages for the discussion session at the design review with the community members.

Photo Credit: Claudia Paraschiv

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