Connect Kendall Square: A Design Competition

The Connect Kendall Square Open Space Competition is a unique opportunity to plan and implement a vision for the entire open space network in Kendall Square and vicinity. We’re looking for new thinking with respect to the overall public realm, connections, programming, and place making.

Over the past several decades, Kendall Square has transformed from a former industrial area into a world-renowned center of biotech, high tech research, and innovation.  To complement the changes, the City has planned new open space opportunities, primarily in four locations:

  1. Rogers Street between Second and Third Streets
  2. Triangle parcel at Land Boulevard and First Street
  3. Galileo Way between Broadway and Binney Street
  4. Point Park at Main Street and Broadway

The final result of the Connect Kendall Square competition is envisioned to be a comprehensive open space framework for Kendall Square and Eastern Cambridge that will be used to facilitate the creation of exceptional, visionary open spaces, further promote the innovative character of the area, and help create a sense of place and community. The framework will also help determine the character and role of the new public open spaces in the area (which will be designed as part of separate, subsequent processes) as well as guide private entities as to potential programming and design of future open space as part of private developments.


The Competition is sponsored by the City of Cambridge and directed under the auspices of the Office of the City Manager and the Community Development Department. The mission of the Community Development Department (CDD) is to enhance the character and diversity of the city’s neighborhoods and support sustainable economic growth that expands opportunities for residents, enables a high quality of life within the community, and contributes to a healthy environment. With four programmatic divisions, Community Planning, Housing, Economic Development and Environmental and Transportation Planning, CDD takes an interdisciplinary approach to manage and guide physical change in a manner consistent with the City’s priorities, engaging and collaborating with community partners and other government agencies to make Cambridge a desirable place to live and work.

Project Staff

  • Taha Jennings, Assistant to the City Manager
  • Iram Farooq, Acting Deputy Director for Community Development Department
  • Stuart Dash, Director of Community Planning, Community Development Department
  • Jeff Roberts, Land Use and Zoning Project Planner, Community Development Department

A Design competition, Cambridge Massachusetts