Students’ design work exhibited in Boston

As part of its summer celebration of architecture, planning and design in Boston, the nonprofit Common Boston displayed Tufts students’ work in an exhibition at the Ashmont MBTA station.

Students’ vision for vacant land around the Forest Hills MBTA station

The student work was from the class “Physical Planning & Design,” which focused on the development of several parcels of vacant land surrounding the Forest Hills MBTA station. The spring semester class was taught by Justin Hollander, assistant professor of urban and environmental policy and planning.

The Tufts design students made history by piloting the computer design program Second Life, Hollander said. The course introduced students to the fundamental ideas and tools in planning and designing the built environment and used Second Life as a virtual design studio to experiment with those ideas and tools. As a capstone project for the course, students in the class developed a physical plan and design for vacant land surrounding the Forest Hills MBTA train station. “We created a virtual space for the students to work—a 16-acre ‘island’ in Second Life,’ Hollander said. “Working in half-scale, the students conceived a plan for the site and rendered it using sophisticated computer modeling techniques.”

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This story appeared in the July issue of the Tufts Journal.