December 2019 – July 2020
0 Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Housed in the former Out of Town News Kiosk in the heart of Harvard Square, we created a pop-up community space that welcomed all and served as an experimental home for trying out new uses of urban public space. Over the course of the eight months we were in the Kiosk, we facilitated inspiring interactions, learned invaluable lessons, and created positive impact. At CultureHouse Harvard, we created a space where unhoused people were treated with dignity, tested out numerous different uses of the Kiosk space, and introduced a human presence to the Square.
Though CultureHouse Harvard was a pop-up, the impact we created and the lessons we learned are long-lasting. Every day we were open, we were conducting in-depth research through data collection and observations—amalgamated and analyzed in this report. This window into our experience opening and operating CultureHouse Harvard serves as an enduring documentation of our time in the Harvard Square Kiosk. We will use this report to inform our future work and hope it will be helpful to others creating social infrastructure in their own communities.