Envision Cambridge

A shared vision for the future of Cambridge.

2016

Cambridge, MA


Project Team: 

Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, Georgeen Theodore

Envision Cambridge is a three-year public process to develop a plan for a livable, sustainable, and equitable city. With input from those who live, work, study, and play in our city, Envision Cambridge will create a shared vision for the future of Cambridge. The plan will result in recommendations on a broad range of topics such as housing, mobility, economic opportunity, urban form, and climate and the environment.


Interboro is leading Envision Cambridge’s community engagement. Shown here are two of the engagement tools Interboro created for the project:


Mobile Engagement Station

How can we make sure that we solicit the input of people who might not have the time or the inclination to attend a formal public meeting? A large part of our engagement effort will consist of “person-on-the-street” intercept surveys that make it fun and easy for people to participate in the comprehensive planning process. Towards this goal, we created a mobile engagement station that allows people to identify what they like and don’t like about Cambridge and share their hopes for the future. The Station has three layers. The top layer is a 3D model of Cambridge showing all the buildings in the city. The second layer is a map of Cambridge color-coded by land use and showing all streets and building footprints. The last layer consists of stools in the shape of each of Cambridge’s neighborhoods.


The Envision Cambridge Newsletter

The Envision Cambridge Newsletter is a quarterly publication. Mimicking the everyday aesthetic of weekly community newspapers, its intention is to capture interesting aspects of the city and portray Cambridge residents’ aspirations in a unique, fun, and engaging format. The features highlight lesser known aspects of the city while shedding light on under-represented communities By distributing copies of each issue across the city, the publication complements other outreach efforts--including models, panels, and meetings--to form an important link between the community’s aspirations and the agenda for the citywide plan.

Front page of the Envision Cambridge Newsletter

The Zoning Zone spread from the Envision Cambridge Newsletter

City Lens spread from the Envision Cambridge Newsletter

The Envision Cambridge Mobile Engagement Station is a large interactive model of Cambridge that gives Cambridge residents and workers the opportunity to identify what they like and don’t like about Cambridge and share their hopes for the future.


The station has three layers:


1. The top layer is a 3D model of Cambridge showing all the buildings in the city.


2. The second layer is a map of Cambridge, color-coded by land use and showing all streets and building footprints.


3. The third layer consists of stools in the shape of each of Cambridge’s neighborhoods.


An Envision Cambridge “Street Team” will be taking the Station to different locations around Cambridge. Look out for it in your neighborhood! When the Station is not in use, it stays at City Hall, where it will be used to visualize some of our findings.

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