The Winter 2017 issue of ArchitectureBoston: FAB published two pieces featuring senior associates Jill Allen Dixon, AICP, and Brad Prestbo. Journalist D.C. Denison interviewed Prestbo on his opinions of maker culture in the professional design process, given his extensive experience with the maker movement. “Ultimately,” the article reads, “Prestbo believes that as maker tools are able to create hybrid materials, even construction sites will become more like microfactories: forming up structures on site.” Read the article, “Economies of Scale: Can the maker movement revive the US manufacturing?” here.
Also in this issue, Jill Allen Dixon penned a letter to the editor discussing the importance of optimism in the face of climate change projections. Her letter responded to Steven Cecil’s contributed article, "A Tale of Five Cities," which ran in ArchitectureBoston’s previous issue. “What would it take to turn climate change into an opportunity?” she questions. Dixon suggests smarter investments such as integrated, multi-benefit approaches that are both environmentally and economically resilient, such as community open spaces and green stormwater infrastructure. Read her letter here.