Cambridge, MA (2010)
The Alexandria Center at Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA transforms over 11 acres of urban brownfields into a thriving part of the city with new public open spaces, richly planted streetscapes, transportation improvements, and over 1,700,000 square feet of new development. The design proposes much needed life sciences buildings close to MIT, and cultivates strong urban connections between Kendall Square to the south and the established neighborhood of East Cambridge to the north.
MVVA was part of the master plan team, completing this work in 2009, and is currently working on the design of the first of six new life sciences buildings. The approach to the landscape design was to create a public realm entirely open to pedestrians as an extension of the streetscape. New pedestrian connectors between blocks add new ways to move through this part of the city. Rather than create private landscape areas for each building, MVVA consolidated the project’s open space to create a new two-acre park for the city.