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The Design Competition to Keep Boston above Water Launches Next Week

How fitting a week before the the launch of Boston's Designing with Water design competition, the sky opened up over Boston and dumped flood-level rains all over the region. In fact, areas from Massachusetts' North Shore as far south as the Jersey Shore experienced flooding, but that's a mere taste of what's to come over the next several decades.

 

A significant portion of Boston stands to one day sit underwater due to perpetually rising sea levels. Rather than try to combat this fact, a surefire losing effort, Boston-based design firm Sasaki Associates is advising the intrepid team of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, The Boston Harbor Association and Boston Society of Architects to launch a design competition to gather ideas on how Boston can not only survive the consequences climate change, but adapt to them.

 

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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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Innovation Districts Are Catalysts for Urban Growth

For the past 50 years Silicon Valley and Research Triangle Park epitomized the environments where the nation’s innovations germinated. Now, there’s a noticeable shift to a new complementary urban model, unleashing exciting opportunities for cities and city leaders: innovation districts.

 

The National League of Cities and the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program have both observed how innovation districts are emerging in dozens of cities in the United States and abroad. From Barcelona to Baltimore, to Stockholm and Seattle, innovation districts represent a radical departure from traditional economic development (e.g., housing, retail, sports stadiums) and help cities move up the value chain of global competitiveness by growing the firms, networks and traded sectors that drive broad-based prosperity.

 

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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Proud to honor the US Marine Corps at the BCEC today. Happy 239th Birthday and thank you for your service!

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The Design Competition to Keep Boston above Water Launches Next Week

How fitting a week before the the launch of Boston's Designing with Water design competition, the sky opened up over Boston and dumped flood-level rains all over the region. In fact, areas from Massachusetts' North Shore as far south as the Jersey Shore experienced flooding, but that's a mere taste of what's to come over the next several decades.

 

A significant portion of Boston stands to one day sit underwater due to perpetually rising sea levels. Rather than try to combat this fact, a surefire losing effort, Boston-based design firm Sasaki Associates is advising the intrepid team of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, The Boston Harbor Association and Boston Society of Architects to launch a design competition to gather ideas on how Boston can not only survive the consequences climate change, but adapt to them.

 

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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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Proud to honor the US Marine Corps at the BCEC today. Happy 239th Birthday and thank you for your service!

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Boston the hot spot for bots

Global robotics executives will converge on Boston this week as the leading business development event for the robotics industry has its 10th annual conference here, solidifying the Hub’s reputation as a national leader in artificial intelligence bots.

 

Cutting-edge innovators will display robots that teach special education students, toy robots, autonomous vehicles for mining and military manufacturing, wearable robots that help people with disabilities walk, and humanoid bots complete with arms and legs.

 

“Boston has really become the focal point for leadership in the promotion of robotics on a national stage,” said RoboBusiness attendee Rich Mahoney, director of robotics at SRI International, a Silicon Valley research and development nonprofit. “More than iRobot being founded there, it’s the leadership those founders have shown.”

 

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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Proud to honor the US Marine Corps at the BCEC today. Happy 239th Birthday and thank you for your service!

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Which 2 Boston Eateries Made this ‘Best Italian Restaurants in America’ List?

When it comes to authentic Italian food, Boston certainly has plenty of it. Not only are we home to the North End’s Italian fare but many of our restaurants have also somehow managed to make this category of food even better (if that’s possible).

 

Two of those local Italian eateries have even earned a nod in Thrillist’s list of “Best Italian Restaurants in America” for doing just that .

 

The list included Brookline restaurant, Ribelle, and South End favorite, Coppa. Thrillist claims that Ribelle pushes the traditional Italian envelope, noting that “when a restaurant’s name literally means ‘rebel’ in Italian, you know you’re not getting strictly traditional fare -- and Ribelle in Brookline delivers on that promise.”

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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Proud to honor the US Marine Corps at the BCEC today. Happy 239th Birthday and thank you for your service!

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