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CBCB: Common Boston Common Build!

  • Boston Society of Architects 290 Congress St Boston, MA, 02210 United States (map)

We've officially kicked off CBCB14 with Magazine Beach as our selected site. BUT we can still take on individuals or teams!!! Feel free to contact us for more info.

Check our coUrbanize page for project photos and other updates through the weekend. Plus visit the page starting on Monday the 6th to begin our online vote! Projects will be on display, on site, through the week so please stop by Magazine Beach to view them in person and with your friends.

See the updates tab of our coUrbanize page for more info! 

Common Boston's Common Build (CBCB) is a design and construction competition that challenges participants to design and build a project in response to real community needs in just under 72 hours. Based on this year's theme "The Places In Between," we invite teams* to explore the intersection of two vibrant communities, Allston-Brighton and Kendall/MIT, to uncover what such places mean to the community, both individually and collectively.

Teams will be asked to work with a local institution to develop design solutions that address specific physical and social needs of the neighborhood. Designed and constructed objects will be integrated into their site with an emphasis on the unique contextual elements and needs of that location. The Common Boston Common Build demonstrates that even when created in under 72 hours, an innovative and influential response to a real problem can alter the way we interact with and understand the built environment creating tangible benefits for the community.


Prizes valued at over $1000 will be awarded to teams selected by our jurors and by the public via an online vote. 



View this project on coUrbanize, where you can follow CBCB14 from start to finish, comment in the community forum, and even vote for favorite projects too. Hope to see you there!

Teams + Participants

Register individually; you'll receive an email requesting your team name and team members. Note that this competition is open to all regardless of background, and teams can be of any size. We also encourage "free agents" to sign up and join a team at the kick-off event. 


Download and print Team Registration, FAQ and Waiver here!!

Download and print a CBCB poster here!

Key Dates

  • Kick-off: Thursday, October 2nd 5:30 to 8:00pm – The Common Build has begun!
  • Tools Down: Sunday, October 5th at noon
  • Tour with Judges: Sunday, October 5th from 1–4pm
  • Public display onsite: Sunday October 5th through Sunday October 12th
  • Awards Ceremony: Friday, October 10th at the BSA, 6pm-8pm, Spectators welcome! RSVP separately.



This event will lead into our CB Fallfest, running October 9-12, 2014. The Fallfest includes events of all kinds and is the third/final installment of our 2014 festival weekends. In just the last year we have hosted community roundtables, a speaker forum, a design party, workshops, architectural-boat-walking tours, and much more all in the name of engaging designers and the public for more vibrant, sustainable, and equitable communities.



Earlier Event: June 1
Charlesview Redevelopment Tour
Later Event: October 5
CBCB: Project Tour with the Jury