After decades of stagnancy, Boston initiated a radical transformation in the 1960s under the banner of the New Boston. Controversial urban renewal programs and monumental architectural works like Boston City Hall, the Christian Science Center, and the Government Service Center were used to change a “hopeless backwater” into a modern, thriving city. Authored by Mark Pasnik, Michael Kubo, and Chris Grimley, Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston presents the historical context, buildings, and architects—including luminaries such as Le Corbusier, I. M. Pei, Paul Rudolph, and Marcel Breuer—that defined Boston during this remarkable period. It outlines the compelling story of a city, a material, and a movement while considering anew this earlier generation's legacies, both troubled and inspired. Heroic is available from The Monacelli Press.
— Docomomo US Modernism in America, Advocacy Award of Excellence
— Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Award
— Historic New England Book Prize: Honor Book
— Graham Foundation Grant