KENDALL SQUARE REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL
A design project for an MIT Architecture course on water management
MIT student collaborators: Mariam Abdel Azim, Kael Greco, Louise Yeung
Read the full report (pdf).
Green Sensor Hacking Laboratory: A Proposal for the Kendall Square Redevelopment
A core aspect of MIT’s identity is experimentation and innovation in and outside of academia. On campus, students regularly execute hacks—unexpected projects that demonstrate technical expertise that play off of our interactions with the environment. In fact, MIT’s mascot, the beaver, is a symbol of the ingenuity and industriousness that goes into altering the landscape. Testing and redesigning spaces is an essential part of the MIT ethos.
MIT’s campus, however, currently lacks space for ecological innovation. Despite growing concerns regarding climate change, the need for climate adaptive technologies, and an increasing trend toward sustainable development practices, MIT does not have a space for students and faculty to experiment with ecological technologies and design strategies.
The Kendall Square redevelopment area offers the unique opportunity to provide MIT community members with flexible space to use as a living laboratory in a location which can act as a connecting hub for media/data analysis, business, international studies, biotech companies, and living/retail spaces.
The Living Laboratory will provide a flexible and experimental space for students and faculty across campus to test designs, water management strategies, and other landscape-based projects.