Diller and Scofidio Talk @ the Boston I.C.A.

On a cool Saturday November afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending a standing room only lecture at the Boston I.C.A :  Meet the Architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio. This duo designed the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art's building built in 2006. Their most notable creation is the High Line in NYC. They were there to promote the new book about the High Line.

Last time I saw them present was when they were competing for the job to design the new I.C.A. building. Them, as well as other notable architects, presented there work to a public audience at a theater in the Back Bay. The attendees were able to comment, and influence the decision of whom was chosen. I recall this event as outstanding, with architects from Iceland and Switzerland also competing.

Since then, their careers have skyrocketed. What a treat to see them sitting in the lobby of their creation telling stories of creating the High Line. FYI- there has been ZERO crime on the high line, they were not confident that people would come, and now the park gets 4 million visitors a year, and the whole neighborhood is being developed around this neighborhood gem.  Check out his bright socks!