I Want to be METROPOLITAN
Boston Case Study
Playfully referencing a child being asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?", these authors ask Boston what it wants to be when it grows up. Boston answers, “I want to be metropolitan.” Can a "Second Tier, Boutique City" ever become another New York? Using Boston as a case study, this book identifies how other cities can start understanding themselves within a metropolitan context.
I Want to be METROPOLITAN is a research project on small scale metropolises, MINI Metropolis, using Boston as a case study to provide a different reading of the city. The study, documented by Rafael Luna and Dongwoo Yim, focuses on showing the efforts that the city of Boston has made in order to grow with metropolitan characteristics while remaining at a much smaller scale than cities like New York, London, or Tokyo. The morphology of Boston has been achieved through different metropolitan interventions that occur on different scales. These are divided on an infrastructural scale, urban scale, and architectural scale. By means of analyzing these different aspects, we can compose a vision of a future Boston, or Fictitious Boston, derived from its metropolitan potential.