According to a recent report from CBT Architects, Boston saw an 8 percent population growth from 2010 to 2015. With a daily average density of 14,000 people per square mile and a total of just 48.28 square miles in proximity, our City’s steadily growing population and limited land area present both a critical challenge and exciting opportunity for officials, urban planners, real estate architects, designers and developers. With current estimates calling for 53,000 new units by 2030, the need to reimagine housing is more pressing than ever.

As part of this year’s HUBWeek, a city-wide initiative, comprised of a wide-variety of free public events aimed at exploring and celebrating the future being built in Boston, our client CBT Architects, developed an exhibition that explores solutions to our looming housing crisis Housing the Hub. Last night, our very own Helene Solomon and I visited the exhibition to do a little exploring of our own.

Here’s what we learned:

  • From the expanding science and tech space to its burgeoning arts and culture scene, to say the HUB is growing is an understatement
  • Boston is within the top five most expensive cities to live in, according to a recent article from com, and this is felt nowhere more strongly than in its highly competitive housing market
  • CBT’s Housing the Hub exhibition positions the following five ideas to add more housing to our city through thoughtful design:
    1. Build it small – building small is about efficiently using spaces and materials to reduce the cost of building, buying, and maintaining a home.
    2. Build it tall – strategically increasing height throughout a city makes better use of its land and encourages the sustainable growth of centralized and connected neighborhood.
    3. Build it modular – compared to traditional construction, modular construction conserves time, energy, money, and materials through faster and more efficient production.
    4. Build it here – by looking at our city in a new light, we can find new places and spaces to build housing where we might not have otherwise thought to build it.
    5. Build it together – Good design is just one part of the housing equation. As a city, we must work together to develop not just innovative design ideas, but also creative housing policies and financing strategies.

For more information and a deep analysis of the exhibition, visit CBT’s Housing the Hub website here or see this story from BostInno’s Alex Weaver. Or even better, stop by and check it out for yourself! The exhibition will be on display at Rowes Wharf Plaza on the Greenway from now through Friday, September 30th.