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Kendall Square at MIT

Project location

Cambridge, MA

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Kendall Square, home to some of the most innovative companies on earth, is central to the life and character of its local community. MIT has transformed six former parking lots to a vibrant neighborhood with diverse retail, housing, office/lab opportunities, and a public open space that fully leverage the Red Line and its location in the urban center of Kendall Square.

What are we achieving?

• Activating the Institute’s East Campus with new public space, retail, housing, the MIT Museum, and more

• Creating new research and innovation opportunities

• Adding hundreds of units of graduate, affordable, and market-rate housing

• Balancing research & development with the public realm to strengthen the neighborhood for all

• Establishing a crossroads for Kendall Square, MIT, and the Cambridge community

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MIT is creating a unique district where academic-led research can converge and collaborate with industry-led innovation to solve the world's problems. Innovation is done by people, and people need great places. The public realm improvements, new open space and new retail, are geared to maintaining Kendall Square’s competitive advantage that innovative companies need to thrive, attract and retain talent, and to create a welcoming destination for all.

Please follow us here and check the Updates tab often for construction updates, news, and events. We look forward to continuing the collaborative process with our neighbors and the MIT community as we revitalize the heart of Kendall Square.

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Public Benefits

Innovation Space

Kendall Square has been called the most innovative square mile on the planet - new research and development, office, and innovation space will grow this ecosystem for the next generation.

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MIT is committed to creating a vibrant and active public realm with enhanced retail that spills out into the open space, creating a seamless integration between buildings and the outdoors.

Open Space

A new gateway to MIT's campus and open spaces provides public programming year-round, connecting the community to the activities that go on inside Kendall and MIT's walls.


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