Site Work

Posted in Vol 14 No 1 by bsaab on February 3, 2011

Websites of note

American Architecture Now. In the 1970s and ’80s, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel conducted a series of interviews with architecture’s Who’s Who. Her video archive is now online, all streamed to YouTube, featuring luminaries such as Edward Larrabee Barnes, Louise Nevelson, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, and — of course — Ben Thompson.

Project for Public Spaces. So you want to create a great public space? This internationally renowned organization, founded in 1975 and based on the work of urban planner and sociologist William H. Whyte, can help, with blogs, books, workshops, and photos of great places. The Hall of Shame features strong opinions and lively discussions.

Marimekko. Ben Thompson introduced Americans to Marimekko, the Finnish maker of clothing and textiles that are equal parts attitude, pattern, and color. Founded in 1951, it’s still going strong.

The Harvard Square Business Association. Since 1910, the HSBA has “cared for the Square.” From daily events and current news to photo archives (including thoughtful explanations of significant spots such as D/R) and “Eye Level Tours,” this practical website guides you to the best of the past and present of this favorite Red Line destination.

Boston and its Neighborhoods. This Boston University research guide is an extraordinary, annotated list of links to online image databases that deal with Boston. Note the citation for “Reviving Boston’s Marketplace,” an illustrated publication by Ben and Jane Thompson about the redevelopment of Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Whether conducting scholarly research or simply curious, start here.

Mass Modern/Modern Mass. So you want your own Six Moon Hill or Five Fields abode? Or maybe you already live in one and wonder what others look like? This blog by a Lexington-based real estate agent includes an interesting array of current photos, as well as historical ephemera.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Quincy Market). “Experience a festival every day!” A rule to live by.

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