Jefferson Park Master Plan
Cambridge Housing Authority

Cambridge, MA

 [ THE CHALLENGE ] Study the shortcomings of a failing 108 unit Cambridge Housing Authority development built in the early 1950’s. Propose options to resolve problems that include isolation from the surrounding community, undersized apartments, degraded stairs and hallways, and failing masonry and building systems.

[ THE RESPONSE ] Selective demolition and building and site reorganization create a series of courtyards that connect the development back to the adjacent neighborhood. New interior planning and individual entries provide a sense of ownership for residents, reinforced by new rain screen cladding, stairs and terraces that provide an active street life while protecting privacy. Demolition and new construction ultimately proved more cost effective and is now in progress.