Tour: Josep Lluis Sert’s Boston University Central Campus

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JOSEP LLUIS SERT TOUR

Boston University Central Campus

Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:00–11:30AM

Meet at the covered portal west of the Marsh Chapel.

Boston University’s central campus buildings by Josep Lluis Sert are an important piece of 20th century architectural history, because of the remarkable standard of urban design achieved by their particular arrangement.  Sert carried the same quality of thought through multiple scales to achieve great visual sophistication in the architectural development of individual buildings and their component parts.

Sert’s buildings, like others constructed during the same years after WWII, pose many problems today in terms of programmatic fit to the changing needs of higher education, markedly elevated energy costs, higher expectations for thermal comfort, more intensive time pressures within the academic day, and their lack of aesthetic appeal to the general population.

The NESAH tour will position the existing campus in the framework of Sert’s bold master plan, which was only half-constructed, then focus on his compositional ideas in both urban design and architecture.  The tour will also address the common obstacles to preservation and re-use of the concrete institutional structures of the postwar era.

About the tour leader:

Henry Moss, AIA, LEED Principal, Bruner/Cott Architects

Henry Moss began work at Bruner/Cott in 1986. Mr. Moss specializes in historic restoration and in planning and design for large-scale adaptive reuse. For over 25 years he has led technical workshops for architects and contractors on historic building topics for the Boston Society of Architects, and he is a founder of DOCOMOMO/US New England. Prior to joining Bruner/Cott, he practiced in England for 18 years, where he specialized in historic preservation and public housing renovation. Mr. Moss holds Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts degrees cum laude from Harvard University.  Mr. Moss is a former director of NESAH and his firm has worked with Sert’s Boston University School of Law and Harvard’s Peabody Terrace Married Students Housing, Holyoke Center, and the Science Center.

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