Apr. 7th Harpoon, Awards & More

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View of Beer Hall

On February 1st, the Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall & Visitor Center opened to much critical acclaim. After positive reviews from the Boston Magazine, Boston.com, and Twitter, the Beer Hall has been packed! Harpoon Senior Vice President of Marketing, Charlie Storey noted that the beer hall is so popular, it hit capacity on Saint Patrick’s Day weekend by 11:30 am!

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View from Function Room

Studio Luz Architects’s communal design has allowed for Harpoon to craft the experience of enjoying their beer among friends, all while taking in fantastic views of Boston and Harpoon’s new canning line! Make sure you go check out our latest project, and have a beer while you’re there.

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View from Bar

Make sure you check out more images of Harpoon on our website.

OTHER MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS:

luz_51Urbanica 691 Residences won a 2012 BSA Design Award for Housing Design. In other good news our Urbanica 691 Residences project on Massachusetts Avenue won a 2012 BSA Design Award for Housing Design. We are very proud of our design and collaboration with Urbanica, and appreciative of the recognition. Check out more images of Urbanica 691 on our website.

Leather District Loft featured in Boston Home “Best Of Boston Home 2012” issue. Leather District Loft also has received good press recently, as it was featured in Boston Home’s Best of Boston Home 2012 magazine. Check out the spread and make sure you look on our website to see more images, including an animation of how the space changes!

Barraza lectures about newly released book “Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange.” Principal Hansy Better Barraza of Studio Luz Architects is also lecturing to promote her recent book “Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange” and will have speaking engagements at The Cooper Union on April 11th and at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan on April, 12th.

For more information check out the books website for purchasing information and future lectures.

Jan. 1st Welcome 2013!

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Studio Luz Architects is 10 years old! This is certainly a milestone for us and we are very grateful to all those we have worked with through the years. Looking back over 10 years it is rewarding to see how many people we have collaborated with and helped us successfully complete so much work. Thank you for the privilege!

This past year, we began new relationships that have proven to be inspiring. It began with a great project for the Harpoon Brewery Visitor’s Center. We are very proud of the work we did with the Harpoon team, they have certainly lived up to their moniker that “beer is best enjoyed among friends” and we are glad to have made some new ones in Harpoon. Throughout the process we worked closely with Cafco Construction to complete the new Beer Hall on the South Boston waterfront and are proud to say that the venue is scheduled to open early in 2013. Congratulations to the entire design, construction and Harpoon team! Cheers!

We have much to look forward to in 2013, including projects under way and new clients that we will certainly enjoy working with. We would like to specifically thank our friends in Liverpool UK, for inviting us to their home and allowing us to design for their growing family. Another project underway is a new sustainable ground up residence in Jamaica Plain, where we are making a cozy building nestled into the garden. This will be a great hidden gem. Following up on previous projects, our recently completed Leather District Loft was just written up by Cheryl Weber in Residential Architect and will also be featured in the forthcoming Boston Magazine for the Spring of 2013. Developing these relationships with our residential clients is truly rewarding.

A big, big, big, congratulations to Principal Hansy Better Barraza for the release of her book “Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange”. She has worked tirelessly to develop this project with Gloria Kury of Periscope Ltd. and distribution by Prestel Press. Look for or request your copy from your local bookseller. You can also order online.

There is nothing more rewarding than the work we do, as it brings together so many people to make for better spaces, better buildings and ultimately better experiences. Thanks to everyone we have worked with and we send our best wishes for peace, health and happiness.

Nov. 7th Book Release: Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange

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Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange

edited by Hansy Better Barraza

has been released by Periscope Publishing.

Periscope Publishing, Ltd.
Pittsburgh and New York City
Distributed by Prestel Publishing
Book Design: Project Projects, New York
Cover Image: Olalekan Jeyifous

Books available for purchase through major bookstores, Amazon and Barnes + Noble.

Please join us for the exhibition reception + panel discussion of Where Are the Utopian Visionaries?Architecture of Social Exchange on Saturday, November 10th from 1:00-3:00pm at the BEB Gallery and on Friday, November 30, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the BSA Space.  There will be a book launch and signing following the event.  The RISD bookstore and the BSA Space will have books on premise for purchase.







In this radical book, architects, historians, and theorists survey the inventive, low cost work being done in obscure places to make architecture into a force for sustainable growth and social justice. The efforts are Utopian not charitable in aim. This new breed of architect-activists is endeavoring to diversity if not reinvent their profession by engaging in an “exchange” of ideas, techniques, and visions of right living with people almost always relegated to silence and invisibility.

The book opens with theoretical and illustrated essays, each specially commissioned, from a stellar cast: Michael Sorkin, David Gersten, Jonathan Massey, Mabel O. Wilson, Jae Cha, Peter Clegg, Simón Vélez, Balkrishna Doshi, Milton S. F. Curry, Hansy Better Barraza, Jennifer Lee, Pablo Castro and Alberto Pérez-Gómez.