The Vernacular and the Spectacular: Photographs by Peter Vanderwarker and Matthew Dickey
What role does architecture play in a city’s identity, and what about Boston’s architecture makes the city so special?
The cityscape – the skyline, the faces of the buildings, the architectural atmosphere – defines Boston’s character. Everything from the historic buildings to the new construction, the age-old ideas of functionality and the exploration of contemporary design all contribute to our cityscape, which affirms the vision of the countless architects, builders, and construction workers who’ve created structures where we lead our lives. This urban landscape is what gives a city like Boston its uniqueness, its distinctiveness, and its icon status.
The human experience is inseparable from the designed landscape, and there is renewed focus on the significance of architecture to the public: the building’s utility & service, its aesthetic value, and its contributions to the community around it. In turn, a city’s identity is a direct result of the relationship between its buildings and its people. As citizens of Boston, we have a responsibility to protect our city’s character, preserve its legacy, celebrate its beauty, and ensure its use for future generations.
Visit Patriots Corner, located in Clough House on the Unity Street side of our campus from March 6th through May 18th to experience The Vernacular and the Spectacular in partnership with the Boston Preservation Alliance. Through the stunning work of renowned architectural photographer Peter Vanderwarker and travel photographer Matthew Dickey, visitors will contemplate the role both types of architecture play in a city like Boston. The vernacular and the spectacular combine to create a cityscape all our own.
Mark your calendars for a special Opening Reception & Artist Talk on Thursday March 19 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in Patriots Corner. *EDIT: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.