About

CultureHouse improves livability in local communities by facilitating the creation of public social infrastructure through the transformation of unused spaces into vibrant places to work, play, and foster connections.

We are

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A living room for the community

Like a living room, CultureHouse is a place where all should feel comfortable to hang out with no requirement to purchase anything.

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An urban design test kitchen

Employing DIY and tactical urbanism, we work to create a livable space that works for people using methods that can be applied elsewhere.

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A third space

CultureHouse is a third space between home and work to hang out, meet people, create, share skills, and learn.

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An indoor public park

As a vibrant cultural institution in the Boston area, CultureHouse brings the community aspect of a public park inside to use year-round.

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A host for regular programming

We host regular programming determined by the community such as board game and trivia nights, conversations, community dinners, and live music.

Our work

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Indoor pop-ups

We activate vacant storefronts and transform them into community spaces where we host regular programming with community partners. They are places to hang out, meet someone, or just get some work done.

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Outdoor pop-ups

We pop-up in outdoor spaces like public parks and plazas. We’ve popped up in Lafayette Plaza in Cambridge, Jackson Mann Plaza in Allston, Union Square in Somerville, and participated in Cambridge PARK(ing) Day.

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Design & Build

Using open source digital fabrication methods, we design and build elements that foster community.

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Adaptation

We work to empower others to create indoor public spaces in their own communities. We can help you bring a CultureHouse pop-up to your city or town.

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Bring CultureHouse to your area

Want to have a CultureHouse pop-up in your neighborhood, vacant storefront, or at your event? We are available to do indoor and outdoor pop-ups. Take a look at our prospectus for more information on what we offer.

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Create your own CultureHouse

CultureHouse is a concept created to be adapted and iterated on by others. We can help you create one in your community!

Take a look at our Manual to see how we created our CultureHouse and how you can create your own.

Contact us Read our Manual How to build

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