TEDxBoston 2011

Tim Love

Building as Content

A small design commission with enormous ambitions

How do you capture the character, history, and ecology of the 34-island archipelago in Boston Harbor?  A careful assessment of the full visitor experience influenced both the project features and the design process of the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion, recently opened on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston.

Curator’s Pick: “One of the things that we learned was that there was a hidden paranoia in the culture of Boston which is “What if I miss the last boat back?”

Learn more about the project at http://www.utiledesign.com/projects/harbor-park-pavilion/




www.utiledesign.com   www.utile.posterous.com


Tim Love is the founding principal of Utile, an architecture and urban planning firm in Downtown Boston. Love’s primary focus is the relationship between individual works of architecture and the larger city—through his work as both an architect and urban designer. In the January 2011 issue of Architectural Record, George Baird cited Love as an important thinker in architecture today. Love is highly regarded for his strategic and collaborative approach to complicated urban projects—including charting and leading the public participation process and helping to bring together diverse public agencies and stakeholders around a single shared vision.


Recent and on-going assignments include a redesign of City Hall Plaza for the Greening America’s Capitals initiative of the U.S. EPA-HUD-DOT Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a planning study for the Mill River District in New Haven, planning for the Newmarket district in Boston for The American Cities Coalition, and the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion for the National Park Service and the Boston Harbor Island Alliance.


Love is also a tenured Associate Professor at the Northeastern University School of Architecture where he teaches housing, urban design, and architectural theory. Love resides in South Boston with his wife Mimi, a principal of Utile, their two children, and his mother-in-law.



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