Kendall Square InitiativeMain Street, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
Status: In construction
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. Construction is underway for projects that will transform the area into a more lively and welcoming neighborhood, offering enhanced retail, dining, work, and entertainment experiences.
Since the 1960s, MIT has invested in and around its campus to bring industry and academia together. The Kendall Square Initiative continues that work with the transformation of six former parking lots into buildings with offices, laboratories, housing, and retail. Green spaces and open space are also planned to round out the transit-oriented urban center. By facilitating research and collaboration opportunities among industry, MIT, local hospitals, and other academic institutions, the Kendall Square projects make this area an unparalleled destination for the innovation economy.
The projects include new housing for graduate students, a new home for MIT Admissions and the MIT Museum, and a new MBTA headhouse that will make the area more accessible and inviting. As planned, the new open space will provide a direct link to campus, extending the Infinite Corridor to Kendall Square and the Sloan School.
As a whole, the Kendall Square Initiative embodies the mens et manus tradition and is expected to strengthen ties between industry and academia in the area. To read more about the plans and get regular construction updates visit the coUrbanize website and the Kendall Square Initiative website.
- Site 1 (165 Main Street): Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston, MA
- Site 2: Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston, MA
- Site 3 (238 Main Street): Perkins + Will, Boston, MA
- Site 4: NADAAA, Boston, MA; Perkins + Will, Boston, MA
- Site 5 (314 Main Street): Weiss Manfredi, New York, NY; Perkins + Will, Boston, MA
MIT team: Michael Owu (MITIMCo)