All fair points but it's also isolated in the sense that 3 sides of it face empty lots. When they're developed it will be a lot more cohesive though pretty much all of it will be superblocks.I’m extremely skeptical that this will succeed as an urban building. The landscaping is pretty and the facade is different enough to be interesting, but ultimately this is an absolutely massive landscaper that will feel hostile. The building is far larger than anything on the main campus, and the green space dwarfs anything you’d find in Harvard Yard. Hell, it’s bigger than government center. Visually interesting but unwelcoming in person.
The first photo is the closest to I was expecting based on the renders. I suppose I should see this in person, and not from the car passing by. This was a project I was excited to see how the facade turned out, and have been disappointed for the most part, but this photo's giving me hope it's not all bad...All fair points but it's also isolated in the sense that 3 sides of it face empty lots. When they're developed it will be a lot more cohesive though pretty much all of it will be superblocks.
Yes, there is a lot of open space. The grass on the main lawn is some of the thickest, most luxuriant I've ever come across. Go barefoot there if you get the chance. A few more pics.
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Still feels like an office park design. The cheese-grater facades don't help.
I'm sure the interior is pleasant and well appointed.
This space should be much brighter than the photos show it as and I think the materials and colors choices are unfortunate. The black/dark window mullions were a mistake imo.
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https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/09...hird-allston-now-it-needs-win-over-residents/“Harvard is performing as a development company, not as an educational institution,” said Anthony D’Isidoro, president of the Allston Civic Association. “They talked about Beacon Park being the next Seaport District. If it’s going to turn out like the Seaport, we don’t want any of that.”
Neighbors found the offer encouraging, though it’s unlikely to assuage concerns that Harvard’s undeveloped portion of Allston is at risk of becoming another Seaport — or in city councilor Liz Breadon’s words, “a playground for folks who are mostly white people who have a lot of money.”
“There’s an expectation that Harvard can do more,” said Breadon, who recently sent the letter to Janey urging city officials to wait until after this fall’s mayoral election to approve the research campus project and a rezoning study for a nearby stretch of Western Ave., where Harvard also owns property.