This week, the Society of Arts & Crafts hosted a panel discussion titled “Arts, Culture, and Regulation on the Waterfront.” Panelists included Fabio Fernandez, the Executive Director of the Society of Arts & Crafts; Ben Lynch, Program Chief of Waterways and Chapter 91 for Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection; and Richard McGuiness, Deputy Director for Waterfront Planning at the Boston Planning & Development Agency. Christine Dunn, AIA, of Sasaki, moderated the panel, which was sponsored by Sasaki and NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Association.
The discussion centered on how the state and city government, developers, cultural organizations, and designers can work together to bring successful Chapter 91 projects to fruition. A Massachusetts regulation for waterfront development, Chapter 91 protects public access to the water, and has been influential to recent development in Boston's Seaport District. Chapter 91 has enabled civic, arts, and cultural organizations, like the Society of Arts & Crafts, to move into the Seaport, helping to create a more vibrant, authentic, and publicly accessible neighborhood.
Read more about the Society’s move to the Seaport here.