Seaport is one of the fastest developing areas of Boston. And while its rapid
transformation from industrial warehouses and parking lots to premier
innovation district has certainly drawn new residents and businesses to the
area in impressive numbers, many Bostonians have called for future development
to create a more active, human-scaled public realm. Revealed publicly last week, the re-envisioned mater plan for the undeveloped nine blocks of the 23-acre Seaport Square project will bring a diverse mix of uses, pedestrian-oriented
public space, and greater coherence and connectivity to the Seaport.
WS Development is leading the ambitious project to create a dense, active mixed-use urban neighborhood that centers around a tree-line path punctuated by plazas and amenity spaces. In assuming stewardship of the remaining undeveloped blocks of Seaport Square, WS Development sees the opportunity and the responsibility to elevate the neighborhood to standing among those of other world-class cities—by cultivating activity, vitality, and a strong neighborhood identity.
The Seaport Square master plan was originally conceived a decade ago. “A lot has changed in the 10 years since the prior Seaport Square plan was conceived,” explains Yanni Tsipis, who leads the project at WS Development. “We are ever more convinced of the importance of density in creating great urban places.”
Over the years, WS Development has re-examined Seaport Square’s early goals to improve vehicular transit to instead focus on pedestrian activation and comfort. “We believe that the future of the Seaport District should prioritize people and bicycles as much as possible, and this evolution in thinking has led us to propose this major new public realm improvement.”
As a passionate advocate for urban design as a critical lever in vibrant long-term city development, Sasaki is proud to be a part of the team of planning and design experts engaged by WS Development. Sasaki joins James Corner Field Operations and NADAAA, in helping create a transformative new vision for the remaining parcels at Seaport Square and the District as a whole. Central to the master planning effort was unfolding the district’s full potential at the heart of the Seaport by creating a landmark “urban room” and a 21st century neighborhood experience.
“Upon completion, the project will establish a new benchmark for urban placemaking in Boston,” says Sasaki principal Martin Zogran. “As Bostonians ourselves, we have a personal interest in ensuring that each new project enhances our collective public realm. It’s going to be a wonderful new chapter for the Seaport and for Boston when plans become reality.”
To learn more about the project written up in the Boston Globe, click here.
Boston's community gathers at the first project open house meeting to hear about the re-envisioned master plan for Seaport Square (February 2nd, 2017).