Longer Wharf

Project Description

Critic

Bimal Mendis

The Longer Wharf proposes a linear residential, commercial, and recreational development along the Boston harbor front. The narrative of a ‘linear village’ harkens back to Boston’s Historical Long Wharf, which was an active commercial and residential hub in the city for over two centuries, but was shortened almost to the point of nonexistence by land infill. In turn, our proposal for a new Longer Wharf links the existing cruise ship terminal to the Boston Convention Center, while extending the conceptual logic of the historical long wharf into the contemporary city. The Longer Wharf, therefore, becomes a new armature for development in Boston by extending the harbor into the city, and ultimately reconnects the city to one of its greatest amenities: the water.