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Public Works: Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig

A graphic commentary on the largest and most expensive urban public work in modern U.S. History, Meejin Yoon and Meredith Miller, in collaboration with HYA, expose the process and subsequent effects of the Big Dig. The book is a critical reflection on city planning, bringing into question the effective distribution of public space versus public works. Containing essays and proposing fourteen speculative design interventions, the book is a suggestion on how to better reconnect the public’s experience with each expressway and park that resulted from Boston's Big Dig.

Public Works presents a series of 14 disarmingly modest, speculative interventions by the Boston-based MY Studio, a multidisciplinary design firm operating in the space between architecture, art and landscape. Collectively, these interventions expose, connect and reconfigure the relationship between the underground expressways and the new parks that emerged in the Big Dig's wake, demonstrating the effect design can have on our conception of public space.

An exhibition at Pink Comma Gallery accompanied the release of the book: Public Works, Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig. A "Post it Note" mural of the map of Boston created a low-tech feature in the gallery. This publication was supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Additional support was provided by the HASS Grant and the Wade Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Title
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsJ. Yoon M, Miller M
Number of Pages191
PublisherMAP Book Publishers
ISBN9789881771216
Abstract

A graphic commentary on the largest and most expensive urban public work in modern U.S. History, Meejin Yoon and Meredith Miller, in collaboration with HYA, expose the process and subsequent effects of the Big Dig. The book is a critical reflection on city planning, bringing into question the effective distribution of public space versus public works. Containing essays and proposing fourteen speculative design interventions, the book is a suggestion on how to better reconnect the public’s experience with each expressway and park that resulted from Boston's Big Dig.

Public Works presents a series of 14 disarmingly modest, speculative interventions by the Boston-based MY Studio, a multidisciplinary design firm operating in the space between architecture, art and landscape. Collectively, these interventions expose, connect and reconfigure the relationship between the underground expressways and the new parks that emerged in the Big Dig's wake, demonstrating the effect design can have on our conception of public space.

An exhibition at Pink Comma Gallery accompanied the release of the book: Public Works, Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig. A "Post it Note" mural of the map of Boston created a low-tech feature in the gallery. This publication was supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Additional support was provided by the HASS Grant and the Wade Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.