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Women in Design: Urban Park Roof Garden – Tour and Panel Discussion (In-Person)

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Photograph by Lemon Brooke, Sculptures by Creative Machines

  • COST

    Free and open to the public.

  • TYPE

    Knowledge Community


    Design Enthusiasts

Event Description:

We welcome you to join us for an evening tour with Lemon Brooke and BXP featuring the newly redeveloped Kendall Square UP Roof Garden. The tour will lead guests through the park’s history and phased construction process, and will provide insight into the challenges and opportunities faced throughout the design of a privately-owned public space (POPS). A key feature to this unique park that must be woven into all successful POPS is the public engagement, which is being achieved through a variety of programs and physical connections to the diversified site context.

The tour will begin at 5:30pm in the Kendall Public Lobby located at 325 – 355 Main Street in Cambridge, adjacent to the Kendall Square MBTA stop. From there, we will work our way up to the roof garden by means of the Social Stairs, which includes a second-level public terrace. The group will then be led through the roof garden, followed by an informal Q&A session with the design team. The event will conclude with a networking hour and the opportunity to grab a drink from the pop-up Lamplighter beer garden. (Drink tokens are $5 each and must be purchased through Eventbrite prior; all proceeds will support a local Cambridge charity!)

Lemon Brooke is a local WBE landscape architecture firm whose team has worked to provide the revitalized Kendall Plaza and UP Roof Garden design. Josh Burgel, Principal, and Jennifer Brooke, Founding Partner + Principal, will guide us through the space while talking through the details mentioned above. The client and developer on the project is BXP, who will be represented by Vicky Pleistis, Project Manager.

Link to purchase drink tokens (optional):


Josh Burgel | Principal, Lemon Brooke

Jennifer Brooke | Founding Partner + Principal, Lemon Brooke

Vicky Pleistis | Project Manager, BXP