Registration for this event has been closed. If you are unable to attend but would still like to be involved, please access the Livestream feed below to follow the conversation online.

Friday April 1st and Saturday April 2nd, 2016
8 St. Mary’s Street, 9th floor Colloquium Room
The Boston University Photonics Center
Boston, MA 02215

Livestream available beginning Friday, April 1st, 2016 at 9am. Follow along through the link below.

Are preservation, diversity, and affordability mutually exclusive in urban America? How can neighborhood identity and community be preserved while engaging with the opportunities of globalization? What should be saved in attempts to build and maintain a fair and equitable city?

The Dynamic City: Futures for the Past will examine the urban history of New England and its relationships within a global context. The conference will explore questions that bridge the divide between study and praxis in design, sustainability and preservation.


Visit our Agenda and Speakers pages to find out more about The Dynamic City.

Thanks to the support of the Boston Society of Architects, AIA members can qualify for Continuing Education credits by attending The Dynamic City. Please visit the registration desk at the event to sign up for credits, or email Conor LeBlanc at for more information.

Event Hosts

The Dynamic City is co-hosted by the Boston University Initiative on Cities, an urban leadership research center co-founded by leading political scientist Graham Wilson and the late former Mayor of Boston Tom Menino; Historic New England, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive heritage organization; and Boston University’s nationally recognized American and New England Studies Program.

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We are also grateful for support provided by:

  • Boston Society of Architects
  • Boston University American and New England Studies Program Graduate Student Association
  • Boston University American and New England Studies Program Johnson Fund
  • Boston University Center for Humanities
  • Boston University Department of History
  • Boston University Graduate Student Organization
  • Bruner Cott
  • Finegold Alexander Architects
  • Goody Clancy
  • MacRostie Historic Advisors
  • VHB Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.