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KMDG + BSLA Help Rethink Chelsea Square!

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KMDG joined the BSLA and a team of interdisciplinary designers for a one-day charette to help the City of Chelsea envision opportunities for short and long-term improvements to Chelsea Square. 

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The focus was on how to better activate this important public space to serve the Chelsea of today and tomorrow while looking to incorporate public art, and building upon the culture and history of site. The results of the day-long charette were then shared with the public at Mystic Brewery.  

Urban Gardening Series: Fresh Pond Reservoir

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As part of Cambridge's ongoing Urban Gardening Series, Kaki and Zachary Navarro of Essex Horticulture gave a presentation on our work at Fresh Pond Reservation which will be finishing up later this year. The design features the use of hummocks as a strategy to help minimize the impact of storm events, extensive bio retention basins, moving the perimeter road away from the reservoir and relocating the community gardens so they are more accessible. Stay tuned for more updates as we will be announcing once the project is officially opened to the public. 

Fisher Hill wins BSA Honor Award

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Congratulations to Touloukian Touloukian and team for winning a 2017 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence for the Fisher Hill Reservoir Gatehouse and Comfort Station.

 View looking across the reservoir at the historic gatehouse. Both the Reservoir and Gatehouse were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.  

View looking across the reservoir at the historic gatehouse. Both the Reservoir and Gatehouse were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.  

 Looking across a bioretention basin at the Touloukian Touloukian designed comfort station. 

Looking across a bioretention basin at the Touloukian Touloukian designed comfort station. 

Saving Places: Fisher Hill Reservoir Park

Check out the recent National Trust for Historic Preservation article on Saving Places featuring Fisher Hill Reservoir Park. The article describes the work by Touloukian Touloukian that went into preserving the historic gatehouse from studying existing buildings built by the architect of the gatehouse, Arthur Vinal, to the details of matching paint colors and the spacing of muntins. Read the full article here

 

Central Square Park East Boston Opens

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The newly redesigned Central Square Park in East Boston is now open to the public. Mayor Marty Walsh was in attendance for the ribbon cutting officially marking the opening of this historic square. Working with Howard Stein Hudson, the City and community of East Boston the design highlights this historic Olmsted Brother's landscape while addressing the needs of the East Boston community today.

Learn more about the project here

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Detroit Announces GAPGAP Design Teams

We are excited to be one of five teams selected to participate in Detroit’s Give a Park, Get a Park design competition. Part of the Knight Foundation Cities Challenge; Give a Park, Get a Park is an open competition that connects community with designers to refine ideas for a new Morningside community park. 

We will be heading to Detroit to partake in a Design Charrette with the Community on Saturday, August 26.

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You can find more information about the competition here.

Inman Square Redesign updates

The redesign of Inman Square is moving! During the most recent community meeting the discussion focused on re-shaping and re-imagining Vellucci Plaza and how to create a revived sense of place for the heart of Inman Square while creating a safer space for cyclists and pedestrians

See the latest news post here

Ground Breaking at The Carle Museum

Kaki recently attended the ground breaking of Bobbie’s Meadow, a new outdoor space at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Bobbie’s Meadow is dedicated to the memory of The Carle Museum’s co-founder Barbara Carle. We are excited to be working on this project with Meyer + Silberberg that reflects Bobbie’s generous spirit and her commitment to art, children and the environment. The site is scheduled to open June 23, 2018.

 From left, Christopher B. Milne Eric Carle Museum Board Chair, author and illustrator Eric Carle and Ramsey Silberberg of Meyer + Silberberg. Photo Credit: Jim Gipe

From left, Christopher B. Milne Eric Carle Museum Board Chair, author and illustrator Eric Carle and Ramsey Silberberg of Meyer + Silberberg. Photo Credit: Jim Gipe

Central Square Construction Updates

Paving is down and trees are in as construction is moving along at Central Square in East Boston. An original Olmsted landscape, we are excited to see our design that celebrates the original plan, but updates its relationship to the current surrounding infrastructure come to life after years of planning and community involvement. The site is scheduled to open later this summer.