A winner of the Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics first Public Space Invitational competition, The Street Light Control Bench design transforms the ubiquitous lighting control boxes found littering sidewalks in every urban streetscape on the planet into an elegant bench.
The UL-listed enclosure, which houses the control equipment in a new horizontal orientation, is matched to the bases of existing boxes, making the replacement installation simple: disconnect the wiring to the old equipment; unbolt the old box and remove it; bolt the SLCB onto the base; connect the wiring; switch it on.
The access door to the SLCB doubles as a 30” x 6’ bench surface. In free-standing installations the bench can accommodate 6–8 sitters using both sides. Gas-filled struts allow the seat to be raised and locked open, and the pivoting bracket holding the control equipment to be raised to a vertical position for maintenance.
The prototype bench was championed by the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, funded by a grant from the City of Boston, and produced in consultation with the Boston Public Works Street Lighting Department. After a trial installation in 2017 near the Tufts Medical Center Boston, the SLCB prototype was relocated in 2018 to a permanent home next to the 1729 Old South Meeting House, on the Freedom Trail near the Old State House and Boston City Hall.
War Stories Peace Stories
War Stories Peace Stories: Peace Conflict & The Media • A Symposium held at The New York Times Center, New York, NY • 2018
On April 11, 2018 journalists, editors, and peacebuilders gathered to explore some fundamental realities of the way war is energetically reported and peace often is not. Presenters and panelists included Sebastian Junger, Alexis Okeowo, Robert J. Rosenthal, Zainab Salbi, and many others. Panels explored questions such as: Does covering violence beget more violence? Can peace be a good story? At what cost do we report the dramatic story?
There are other stories just outside our field of view—stories of extraordinary resilience, of local or quiet heroes, of communities pushing back effectively in nonviolent ways. The stories we sell and tell have extraordinary power to shape policy and perception. Stories can change hearts and minds—stories can end wars, bring about peace and save lives. A good story can change the world.
Our team produced a day of celebrations marking the 100th year since the Massachusetts Institute of Technology moved from its original campus in Boston to a new one in Cambridge. Our responsibilities included Creative Direction of the events as well as every aspect of Production, working in close collaboration with MIT's Office of Institute Events, the faculty steering committee, and dozens of MIT staff across multiple departments. The events involved 18 months of planning, a daytime design competition river crossing event with hundreds of MIT community participants, and a spectacular nighttime Pageant featuring 200+ student performers.
Phylogenetic Mobile • Permanent display at The Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA • 2010
The Broad Insitute is a world-renowned genome research institute based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The publicly-accessible lobby of its Kendall Square headquarters—dubbed The DNAtrium—serves as a science-in-action gallery/museum, including real-time displays of sequencing data being generated by the Institute's labs and other educational content. Our commission to enhance the displays resulted in two major installations: Phylogenetic Mobile, a 17’ x 8’ hanging artwork displaying the genetic relationships between the first 30 mammals whose genomes were fully sequenced, and an interactive display combining digital Microsoft Surface tables and rfid-tagged physical artifacts. Displayed and stored in custom furniture, these objects— when placed onto the Surface screens—access a deep database of information and images.
To see a short video about the piece produced by the Broad, click HERE
This work was done in collaboration with Diane Fiedler and Bang Wong, Creative Director of the Broad at the time.
[Fifth photo by Len Rubinstein Photography]
MIT Malaysia Exhibit
Female Faces in Sustainable Places: Malaysian Women Promoting Sustainable Development • Exhibit at The Wolk Gallery, MIT • 2015
This exhibit design project featuring artifacts and photographs celebrated women engaged in sustainable development work in Malaysia. Working at the highest levels of government and in the private sector, female leaders and managers are defining what sustainability means. And at the local level, “unsung heroines” of all kinds—social entrepreneurs, village leaders, heads of NGOs and elected officials—are leading efforts to implement sustainability. The featured women are part of a five-year partnership between the Universiti Teknologi of Malaysia and Massachusetts Insitute of Technology's Sustainable Cities Program. Photojournalist Leslie Tuttle provided the images and artifacts and curated the exhibition.
Boston Children’s Museum Centennial • Programmed lighting installation for BCM's Centennial weekend events • 2013
Agoos D-zines provided Creative Direction, Staging Design, and Project Management for several aspects of the capstone weekend of a year of Centennial celebrations, which included a performance by the several hundred-strong Boston Children's Chorus and a major exterior installation of fixed and robotic lighting on and around the Museum building (the celebrations also featured a giant birthday cake replica of the Museum). The lighting installation was visible from many vantage points in nearby downtown and the Seaport District, from Boston's Harborwalk, from 3 adjacent bridges, and to attendees at a Gala event across the water of the Fort Point Channel.
[First photo by Clive Grainger]
Tropical Fort Point
Tropical Fort Point • A temporary art installation in Boston’s Fort Point Channel • 2014
Climate change is among the most pressing issues we face, and was the inspiration for this piece, which imagined the impacts of sea level rise and the northern march of climate zones—a tongue-in-cheek preview of tropical flora moving into temperate New England and the cityscape awash in sea water. The installation was a big hit, garnering praise from Boston Magazine—"a local visionary"—and included in Food & Wine's list "7 Powerful Pieces of Public Art You Should See Right Now." The 4x4 grid of 10'-tall Majesty Palms was moored to allow the plants to rise and fall with Boston's 10' tides, and the spaces between were quickly adopted by the dragon boat crews training in Fort Point Channel as ad hoc racing lanes.
[First 2 photos by Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano. Last 4 photos by Penny Fekany.]
MIT+150 • Sesquicentennial convocation for MIT • 2011
Our team produced a community gathering for 8000 alumni, faculty, staff and students, marking 150 years since the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was founded in 1861. The event was staged at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on the anniversary of the signing of the original Charter. An academic procession flowed down parallel staircases onto a 220'-wide stage holding 350 student musicians—African drummers, a full orchestra, a jazz improv group performing a specially commissioned piece—in front of a 100'-wide video screen in constant motion. The live-streamed event culminated in a ceremonial digital re-signing of the Charter on an iPad.
[Photos by Dominick Reuter]
Yale >> Tomorrow • Concluding Event for Yale University’s $3.8 billion Capital Campaign • 2011
We designed the staging for this high-level donor event which marked the successful conclusion of Yale University's largest-ever capital campaign. The event—on the concert stage of Sprague Hall at Yale's School of Music—capped a 3-year national tour of similar events, staged in museums, theaters, and other venues around the US. The design combined story-telling video projection floating above free-standing scene-setting video wall columns, with live Yale alumni performers, including Yale-trained future oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o. The event was produced by Edwards + Co.
[First photo by Bill Cates/Event tech]
C is for Clamp
C is for Clamp • An art installation for the Boston Children’s Museum • 2013
This installation was part of An Alphabet of Inspiration: Artists Celebrate 100 Years of Collections, a feature of Boston Children’s Museum’s 100th Anniversary Celebration year. Two dozen guest curators—artists, designers, teams, and community partners—were invited to create an interior display window installation throughout the museum building on Boston's Fort Point Channel. Guest curators were asked to develop concepts incorporating a letter of the alphabet and highlighting objects from BCM’s extensive natural history, cultural, and historical collections.
Peter Agoos and Diane Fiedler partnered to submit a natural history concept, using the museum's large collection of eggshells. The submission was proposed to use for any of several letters: G is for Gently; O is for Ovum; E is for Egg; S is for Shell; etc. The curator asked us to use the letter C, and we installed C is for Clamp in a display window on the first floor, where it remains on view.
Arts Imbalance • A temporary art installation above Boston’s Fort Point Channel • 2012
Selected as the Fort Point Arts Community's 2012 Floating Art installation, this piece highlighted the precarious position of the area's several hundred artists facing the pressure of major redevelopment. A pair of larger-than-life-size figures—based on a classic articulated artist’s manikin and made from aluminum sheet skinned with refractive dichroic film—counterbalanced on a 320’ yellow rope strung between 2 bridge superstructures. The projected reflected close collaboration with Boston's City Engineer and Public Works Department, the Boston Art Commission, Boston Harbormaster, the US Coast Guard, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Funding came from the Friends of Fort Point Channel and Chapter 91 funds paid by developers as public-interest offsets.
[Photos 9, 10 & 11 by Raber Umphenour.]
Small House • A small house for a small family • 2008
This modest house replaced a dilapidated "grandmother's flat" on a rural property in central Massachusetts. Working around zoning restrictions that the replacement building not exceed the existing building's height or 640 square foot foundation, the design managed to create bedrooms for a couple and 2 young children, plus a living room, full kitchen, bath, laundry, storage, and mechanical space. An interior loft bedroom above the kitchen overlooks the living room, and cantilevering a platform at the north end of the structure created additional outdoor storage. Interior ceiling joists, paired with spacers, project through the south and west facades to create brise soleil structures. Although propane heat is installed, an airtight wood stove heats the entire house on all but the coldest New England days.
BIDMC Red Sox
The Green Monster • Permanent display at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center • 2011
This display in the lobby of BIDMC’s Shapiro Building celebrates the long partnership between the hospital and the Boston Red Sox (BIDMC is the Official Hospital of the team). An image of Fenway Parks famous Green Monster left field wall is the backdrop for a pair of authentic bleacher seats from the ballpark, illuminated signage, a running video loop, and a donation collection box housed in the giant baseball. Proceeds benefit Red Sox Nursing Scholarships, the Red Sox Scholar Program, and the Fenway First Aid Team.