Cambridge Crossing Master Plan
Equivalent LEED Certification
Award for Excellence - The Americas
Urban Land Institute, 2006
National Honor Award, American Institute of Architects, Regional and Urban Planning Awards, 2006
Willo von Moltke Award for Design Excellence
Boston Society of Architects Urban Design Award, 2005
Cambridge Crossing is a transit-oriented neighborhood located on former a railroad yard in the municipalities of Cambridge, Boston, and Somerville. It transforms under-utilized industrial land into a vibrant mixed-use community. The project includes 20 new blocks, a new MBTA station, 10-acres of green space with a large central park, an extension to the Minuteman Trail, new roadway and utility infrastructure, and a wide range of public amenities.
The challenge of the master plan was to come up with an appropriate vision that would make Cambridge Crossing a great place to live, work, play, and visit. What emerged as a solution was the organization of an open space network and public realm with a large central park and green spaces which became the armature around which the buildings are organized. To this end, the public space not only created value for a new neighborhood but also makes important local and regional connections. This solution far outweighed any particular building or use.
Cambridge Crossing developed performance and form-based flexible guidelines which were adapted by the City of Cambridge.
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