How Will Boston's Changing Skyline Change The City?

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This is one of the most dynamic eras in Boston's architectural history. There are roughly 70 construction projects underway in the city, most of them residential buildings. Around 8,000 new apartments are expected to be completed in the next three years to keep up with a city population that grew more from 2010 to 2013 than in the 1980s and '90s combined.

And the city's skyline is on the verge of change. There are five skyscrapers in the works, all of them taller than 60 stories — meaning, taller than the John Hancock and Prudential towers.

How will another wave of modern architecture affect a city that cherishes its history? Is Boston ready for a new skyline and how will major projects change the city itself?


Mike Davis, architect and principal at Bergmeyer Associates in Boston and a co-chair of the Boston Civic Design Commission. He tweets @MikeDavisFAIA

Brian Sirman, architectural historian and lecturer at Boston University.


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This segment aired on July 16, 2015.


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