Project for Public Spaces was engaged by Harvard University to apply its expertise in Placemaking to the problem of how to achieve a sense of place and an attractive, active environment at Harvard’s Allston campus. Cooper Robertson & Partners is leading the Allston Initiative Master Plan, with Gehry Partners, the Olin Partnership, and Chan, Kreiger Associates.

The Placemaking program will specifically focus on places where there will be a clear benefit for both University and community stakeholders, and considers many improvements that can enhance the neighborhood at the same time as providing a better campus setting. PPS met with community stakeholders and facilitated a public workshop and is using that and other information to develop concepts for shared public spaces, especially around Barry’s Corner in the short, medium and long term.