MIT's Kendall Square initiative moves toward design phase

This fall, MIT will select an urban-design firm to help it develop and complete a design plan for the redevelopment of Institute-owned property in Kendall Square.

In April, MIT’s rezoning petition for its Kendall Square initiative was approved by the Cambridge City Council following a three-year, community-wide effort to align the interests of a broad group of stakeholders around the future vision for Kendall Square. The Council’s approval gives MIT the ability to propose up to 1.1 million square feet of new development, which will be a combination of housing, retail, lab, commercial and open space. MIT also continues to have the right to 800,000 square feet in new academic development, which it had prior to the rezoning petition.

Building on the work of the three-year community process, Adèle Santos, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), recently led an informal exploration of design ideas for MIT’s Kendall Square initiative with a faculty design group. “Their report focused primarily on important design goals and planning principles that should be achieved in future urban-design proposals,” Santos said.

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