The Story of the BQE

As part of IPA's The Story of the BQE (TSOTBQE) project, documentary filmmakers and oral history facilitators will train local residents to use professional interviewing and recording methods to capture stories of community members who recall the vibrancy of their neighborhoods before BQE construction. The project will create an on-going resource of cross-generational oral histories to foster conversations about the history and future of neighborhoods along the BQE.

TSOTBQE continues the work of IPA’s impactful 2020 and 2022 BQE Selected Topic Design Fellowships and 2023 BQE2053 Symposium to help raise awareness of the issues and opportunities facing communities along the BQE, share community visions for neighborhoods adjacent to the highway, and advocate for its transformation into a decarbonized, sustainable, multi-modal transportation network in the not-so-distant future.

If you or someone you know has stories to tell about growing up near the highway, please reach out to

The Institute for Public Architecture has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Project award of $25,000 to support this project. For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit

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