Kendall Square InitiativeKendall Square, Cambridge, MA
Status: In design
Themes: Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal
Enhancement of life and learning
Completion: To be determined
The ongoing transformation of MIT properties in Kendall Square plays a key role in the revitalization of the area, increasing its appeal to innovation leaders and members of the community.
Themes and priorities
Kendall Square, home to some of the most innovative companies on earth, is central to the life and character of its local community. MIT is continuing to develop plans for this area, working to transform it into a more lively and welcoming neighborhood, offering enhanced retail, dining, work, and entertainment experiences.
The Institute worked closely with the City and community to develop a viable proposal that responds to the interests and concerns of various constituencies, including the residential community, MIT faculty and students, Kendall Square employees, and visitors to the area. In April 2013, the Cambridge City Council voted to approve MIT’s zoning petition.
The East Campus/Kendall Gateway urban design study was led by a multi-disciplinary steering committee of faculty, students, and staff who worked intensively with consultants to explore various schemes for the East Campus area, with the benefit of input from a series of community forums. Under the leadership of the School of Architecture and Planning, a working group composed of faculty and staff then refined the concepts explored through the East Campus/Kendall Gateway urban design study and developed a final plan. The plan includes space for academic, commercial, and retail uses, as well as housing for graduate students—all contributing to the creation of a diverse and vibrant gateway area.
The transformation of Kendall Square into a more dynamic and varied center of activity supports MIT’s mission to advance life-changing science and research by creating an area that will attract innovation companies and encourage future collaborations.
To read more about plans for the area, visit the Kendall Square Initiative website.
Architects: view list of architects for each site
MIT team: Michael Owu, MIT Investment Management Company