Connect Kendall Square
Creating an Open Space Framework
June 8 - July 3
The City of Cambridge Community Development Department and Cambridge Arts are pleased to present the results of the Connect Kendall Square Open Space Competition. The competition was a unique opportunity to plan and implement a vision for the entire open space network in Kendall Square and vicinity. Launched July 2014, Connect Kendall Square was a departure from more traditional planning processes and even unique among competition formats.
The Connect Kendall Square competition was sponsored by the Community Development Department and guided by STASTNY:Architect and an independent jury of experts spanning a range of disciplines.
Out of 30 participants that responded to the initial call for submissions, four interdisciplinary teams of finalists were chosen through a three-stage selection process to develop proposals for an open space framework plan.
Their work was guided by a Project Vision and Planning and Design Goals identified through a robust public process spearheaded by the City and the Eastern Cambridge/Kendall Square Open Space (ECKOS) Study Committee. The goals included promoting complementary uniqueness, establishing activation strategies, building an identity, and elevating the user experience.
Richard Burck Associates of Somerville, MA, was chosen as the winner of the competition, and will work with the City and the ECKOS Study Committee to refine their plan, potentially incorporating desired elements from other proposed framework plans.
The competition generated many creative ideas and strategies on the use of open space and the public realm to better connect Kendall Square to surrounding neighborhoods and build a sense of place and identity. We encourage you take a look and be inspired by the depth of thinking that came out of this unique competition process.
Cambridge Arts Council
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA
Monday 8:30 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Friday 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Saturday - Sunday closed
Installation and Past Work
August 3, 2015 – October 30, 2015
Laura Evans will exhibit sculptures that introduce viewers to her eclectic materials and varied studio practices. This exhibition revisits that project and includes subsequent sculptural work using media ranging from bronze, wood and fabric to Sculpey, cardboard tubes and wire. Gallery 344 is free and open to the public.
A city-wide sound art installation
by Halsey Burgund
ROUND: Cambridge, created by artist Halsey Burgund, is a new city-wide, site-specific sound art installation. The project engages the general public through music and participant commentary via smartphone technology. Using Cambridge's impressive Public Art Collection and public spaces as a touch-point, citizens and visitors are able to participate by adding their thoughts, questions, and reflections to an ever-evolving composition encompassing the city. As a participant moves throughout the city, the person can record comments or listen to those left by others about a specific artwork or location. Users' comments immediately upload to the composition, adding a new auditory layer to the landscape.
The CAC Gallery was the original launching site (October 1 through November 23, 2012) for ROUND: Cambridge. Gallery viewers, and those without a smartphone, experienced the project and contributed to the composition in the recording booth at the CAC Gallery, located in the City Hall Annex at 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge.
This public art project, commissioned by the Cambridge Arts Council, continues through the end 2014. Download the free ROUND: Cambridge app at iTunes and Google Play.
As a public artwork, ROUND: Cambridge exists in the public domain, like the sculptures, murals and other public art around Cambridge. By allowing people to leave their mark on the landscape, Cambridge is transformed into a collective audio work.
More information is available at halseyburgund.com/work/r2c.
About the Artist
Halsey Burgund is a musician and sound artist living in Greater Boston. Both his installations and musical performances make extensive use of spoken human voice recordings as musical elements, alongside traditional and electronic instruments. Halsey has exhibited and performed in museums and galleries throughout the country, including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Museum of Science, Boston and the California Academy of Sciences. He was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2011 to explore their audio archives for future work.
ROUND: Cambridge Partners & Support
Cambridge Arts Council acknowledges the support and partnership of the City of Cambridge Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program, in addition to funding through the National Endowment of the Arts and Massachusetts Cultural Council.
:: New app allows "audio graffiti" in Cambridge, Cambridge Chronicle, Sept. 14, 2012
:: Public art and the 'raw material of thoughts' inspires musical soundscape, Wired.Co.UK, Sept. 29, 2012
:: Why The Roundware Open-Source Audio Location Platform Rules, evolver.fm, 10/17/12
:: Fuse Review - ROUND: Cambridge Sounds the Depths of the City's Public Art, The Arts Fuse, 10/21/12
:: ROUND : Cambridge, a participatory soundscape by Halsey Burgund, Big, Red & Shiny, 11/28/12
Cambridge Arts Council Public Art Program
In accordance with Cambridge's Public Art Program, one percent of construction costs for capital improvements is designated to support the inclusion of integrated, site-responsive public art. Since 1979, over 200 artworks have been commissioned into the Cambridge Public Art Collection for the enjoyment of all who live, work and visit the city.