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Institute to host community brainstorming sessions on Kendall Square

Meetings designed to solicit ideas for publicly accessible space in Kendall Square

Community brainstorming sessions to explore ideas and opportunities to enliven the publicly accessible spaces in Kendall Square will be held at the end of September. Hosted by MIT as part of its planning for revitalizing MIT-owned parcels in Kendall Square, the sessions will be open to students, faculty, staff and community members.

Kendall Square is known throughout the region for its innovative, market-leading companies, start-up ventures and strong connection to MIT. Though Kendall Square serves as a gateway to Cambridge from Boston and is accessible by the Red Line, its publicly accessible spaces need improvement. If Kendall Square were to have as much excitement on the street level as it already has in the businesses and laboratories above it, it would become a better gathering place for students, employees, community members and visitors to the region.  

MIT shared with the community in late spring the fact that it is exploring a plan for its properties near the MBTA station. Though full plans are currently being developed, one of the goals of the project is to enliven the ground floor of current and future buildings with a wide range of uses that will generate excitement and a greater sense of community.

In order to provide an opportunity for all participants to speak and to react to ideas, the community brainstorming sessions will be limited in size; therefore advance registration is required. 

  • Sept. 28 at noon in the West Lounge (W20-201)
  • Sept. 29. at 5:30 p.m. in 20 Chimneys (W20-306)
Faculty and staff:
  • Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Zesiger – Z Media Room (W35-199)
  • Sept. 29 at noon in 20 Chimneys (W20-306)
Cambridge community:
  • Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 29 at 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • All sessions at the Cambridge Marriott in Kendall Square
Register: E-mail your name, contact information and selected session to to register. You will receive confirmation of your participation in your selected session

Send an e-mail with your thoughts to or take our brief 10-question survey at

For more about MIT in Kendall Square, please visit: /newsoffice/2010/kendall-update.html

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