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Agendas for Change

We asked a spectrum of leading citizens what they hope Boston’s near future will look like. Their answer: Be bold!

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Submission by Tim Rowe, Founder and CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center and Pascal Marnier, director and consul, swissnex Boston, Consulate of Switzerland Submission by Justin Crane Submission by Design Museum Boston Submission by Jacqueline Douglas, Director of LivableStreets
Submission by Jacqueline Douglas, Director of LivableStreets Submission by Jacqueline Douglas, Director of LivableStreets Submission by Ron Druker, President of the Druker Company Submission by Tom Ennis Senior Project Manager/Senior Planner and Landscape Architect, Massachusetts Port Authority
Submission by Tom Ennis Senior Project Manager/Senior Planner and Landscape Architect, Massachusetts Port Authority Submission by Tom Ennis Senior Project Manager/Senior Planner and Landscape Architect, Massachusetts Port Authority Submission by Tom Ennis Senior Project Manager/Senior Planner and Landscape Architect, Massachusetts Port Authority Submission by Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design
Submission by Matthew Kiefer, Goulston & Storrs, PC Submission by Gloria Larson, President, Bentley University Submission by Andrea Leers FAIA, Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Inc. Boston has always been a city graced by natural abundance. Even before his creation of The Emerald Necklace, visionaries like Frederick Law Olmsted dreamt of innovative green park systems, beautiful waterways, and relaxing urban oases. Today, downtown Boston anchors a mile-long stretch of parks through The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway; via The Harbor Islands, the city hosts recreational retreats. Unfortunately, too many of us are burdened by an 'out of sight, out of mind' vantage point.  Given such natural abundance, how might Boston design future experience blueprints that deeply connect people with their parks and waterways?<br><br>In 5 years, IDEO Boston envisions new-to-the-world innovations in green transportation, technological breakthroughs in on-demand augmented reality feeds, and virtual way-finding tools that will make it easy to explore natural landmarks from any point in the city. As these public innovations take root and more Bostonians begin to co-create and remix their own city maps, a new era of optimistic, grounded civic engagement will bloom.<br><br>Submission by David Privitera, Location Director, IDEO
Submission by Kairos Shen, Chief Planner, Boston Redevelopment Authority As a means to manage the rising water, the city will radically become a three dimensional network extending deep into Boston Harbor.<br><br>Submission by Hansy Better Barraza AIA and Anthony Piermarini AIA, Principals, Studio Luz Architects Submission by Nader Tehrani, Head of the Department of Architecture, MIT and Principal, NADAAA  

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