Clara Batchelor, founding principal at CBA Landscape Architects, LLC, assembled and will be presenting on a panel entitled Public Parks on Private Land at ABX/Greenbuild 2017 in Boston this November 8th (ABX runs from Nov. 8-10). Clara is collaborating with Sal Zinno of Biomed Reality and Jim Batchelor of Arrowstreet Architects on the panel. An abbreviated abstract is below.
A growing industry for high-tech and life-sciences start-ups is creating a demand for new development in mixed-use areas in Cambridge and Boston. As part of development agreements, owners are being required to provide public amenities often in the form of public open space. These quasi public parks and plazas need to serve both the tenants and the neighborhood residents. The panel will discuss successful strategies for designing such dual purpose spaces where the desire is to create vibrant outdoor spaces that serve those who work and/or live in the area. In this panel discussion, a multidisciplinary team will present three projects located in the Cambridgeport and Kendall Square neighborhoods to illustrate the seamless integration of public urban parks on privately-owned land and the mutually beneficial relationship between the two.
More Information on the ABX/Greenbuild conference and this particular panel can be found here: http://abexpo.com/Attendee/Schedule/SessionDetails/45066