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Artists Plan to Re-Open Tunnels Underneath Tremont Street
TUTS radio interview by Joshua Coe
October 16th, 2013

"There have long been rumors of underground tunnels underneath Emerson’s block of the city.  Everything from abandoned MBTA tunnels underneath the Little Building, to an abandoned theatre underneath the Stienway & Sons piano store that’s rumored to be acoustically perfect. "

The Callie Crossley Show, WGBH Boston

Tunnel Visionaries; live interview with Sapir Ng and Andrzej Zarzycki,
April 26th, 2012

Boston-based architects Sapir Ng and Andrzej Zarzycki tell us about their ideas to transform the abandoned subway tunnels underneath Boston's Theatre District into a thriving museum and performance space they're calling the Tremont Underground Theatre Space


The Collaborative Nature of Public Space Downtown (with Mystery Spaces App!)
Explore the unseen through this urban explorer’s app for smartphones and tablets. From the Tremont Underground Theater Space (a proposal for activating underused subway tunnels that won the 2009 SHIFTboston competition) to the Financial District’s best-kept architectural secrets to Boston’s newest architecture gallery, BSA Space, this app gives an augmented reality experience of our city. Explore and add your favorites!


Suffolk University
Lecture for Future Investors in Real Estate F.I.R.E club on development of abandoned subway tunnels in Boston.
April 12th, 2012

Sapir Ng and Andrzej Zarzycki, the creative duo behind the “Tremont Underground Theater Space” proposal, met with students from Suffolk University’s Future Investors in Real Estate  group to discuss their idea to revitalize unused T tunnels and turn them into tourist attractions.

Students were receptive to the concept and offered a handful of ideas to revamp the space that would allow patrons to walk under the streets, connecting them to various city points, while viewing art and theater acts along the way." Metro Boston Magazine, April, 23, 2012

TUTS gave a TED talk about the project at TEDx Boston 2010
July 29th, 2010



Andrzej Zarzycki and Sapir Ng will share their vision for TUTS (Tremont Underground Theater Space), challenging Boston to transform our unused MBTA infrastructure into a unique cultural asset. We will be joined by Boston Streetcar Railway Association. June 20th, 2010

Pecha Kucha Boston
Feb 24th, 2010 & Sept 27th, 2010

Citizens’ Committee on Boston’s Future
Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston
June 10th, 2010




Wentworth Institute of Technology
School of Architecture
Sub-Metropolis, public lecture, March 29th, 2010

wit lecture





May 25, 2012: BostonArtUndergraound
DEA SPOTLIGHT: The Tremont Underground Theater Proposal

by Staff

There are miles upon miles of abandoned subway tunnels beneath the city of Boston. As the hub expanded, routes became obsolete, and old tunnels were left to the elements. These tunnels have been unused and unthought of for years, but two remarkable Boston architects, Sapir Ng and Andrzej Zarzycki, recently proposed an inspiring idea:

April 23, 2012: METRO Boston
Will these abandoned T tunnels be turned into tourist attractions?

by Steve Annear

"Two local architects hoping to turn abandoned underground MBTA tunnels into space for artists, and retail shops are making a concerted effort to push their plans forward."

January 12, 2012: Gibson|Sotheby's
Abandoned MBTA Tunnels: A New Space for Art Galleries?

by Ed Godbois

"Boston is home to one of the oldest subway systems in America. Naturally over the decades new tunnels are opened and old tunnels are closed. Have you ever thought about what happens to the abandoned T tunnels? Do they simply get destroyed, or are they just sealed up and forgotten? What happens when neither of these occur and they are left to sit there as empty and rusting channels that wind through and connect our city? Well, a truly groundbreaking idea has come to fruition, and the hope of these designers is to create a space for pedestrians where an array of art can be displayed!"

December 20, 2011: BostInno
Local Architects Hope to Turn the MBTA’s Hidden Tunnels Into an Interactive Gallery

by Lisa DeCanio

"Little known to most, the T has an underground labyrinth of long-abandoned tunnels from the early days of the nation’s oldest transportation system. In their current state, the old tunnels are nothing more than a cold, dark home to the city’s rats and perhaps Boston's own version of the Ninja Turtles. However, two local architects have proposed a way to turn the tunnels into an interactive underground world – the Tremont Underground Theater Space, or TUTS for short."

December 19, 2011: METRO Boston
Architects want to turn T tunnels into thriving attractions

by Steve Annear

April 23, 2010: Boston Business Journal
From underground to over the river, these land-use designs go the limit

by Lauren Keiper
Sapir Ng and Andrzej Zarzycki stepped back in history in an attempt to reinvigorate Boston’s urban landscape present day. The two architects designed an underground theater, gallery, museum and public arts space in the abandoned Tremont Street subway station and adjacent tunnel.

April 1, 2010: Boston Globe
Designers dream up underground arts space

by Alyssa Giacobbe

Design New England
March/April 2010: Design New England
Fantasy Places • Imaginations compete to create the ultimate in public
spaces and assure a city that cutting-edge design is in its future
by Regina Cole

January 27th, 2010:
Underground Theater - No, Literally Underground

February 9th, 2010: Metropolis Magazine
Underground Inspiration by Mason Currey

"In their scheme, the tunnel becomes a network of underground cultural venues, including a theater, a cinema, art galleries, and a 'media-infused trolley museum."

Death by Architecture
January 27th, 2010: Death by Architecture
SHIFTBoston Ideas Competition Results Announced

January 23rd, 2010: scott burnham | design and urbanism as open platforms
SHIFTboston: Ideas Competition Winners

world architecture news
January 21st, 2010: World Architecture
Boston's idea competition leaves lasting impression on the city's redevelopment authority


January 20, 2010: YouTube by designboston


design boston
January 20, 2010: DesignBoston (, by Gradon Tripp

SHIFTboston was a competition to attract greater public interest in future possibilities for the urban environment of Boston. Contestants from around the world submitted their proposals. Finalists were presented at the SHIFTboston forum on Thursday, January 14, 2010. The winning proposal was by Sapir Ng, AIA and Andrzej Zarzycki, Assistant Professor at the New Jersey School of Architecture.

design boston
March 1, 2010: DesignBoston (, by Gradon Tripp

Andrzej Zarzycki and Sapir Ng are moving from “What if?” to “Why not?” The winners of the SHIFTBoston competition in January were at PechaKucha Boston last Wednesday, where they introduced TUTS.


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January 18, 2010: The Boston Herald, by Paul Restuccia
Designs on Future
Contest eyes tunnel arts center, river island, homes in harbor





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