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Hub2 wins MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition

I’m very excited and honored that Hub2 has won one of this year’s MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning prizes, alongside our partners the Asian Community Development Corporation and Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Hub2 offers a robust process for community constituents to participate meaningfully in the design of their public spaces. This iteration of the […]

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Hub2 in the Globe again

This article on Second Life as a virtual meeting space mentions Hub2, though it’s hard to exactly piece the logic together, other than “academics are more willing to take risks than businesses,” which isn’t the interesting point. The interesting point is that running good meetings requires architecting space — whether real, virtual, or temporal. If […]

Hub2 luncheon presentation at Berkman

In this presentation, Professor Eric Gordon (Emerson College) and Gene Koo (Berkman), together with the staff of Hub2, will describe Hub2’s progress and challenges in working this summer with the North Allston neighborhood to participate in the design of Honan Library Park, which Harvard University is redeveloping as part of its larger Allston project. Joining […]

Hub2 engages Allston residents in designing Honan Library Park

Something remarkable happened last night at the Hub2 Honan Library Park design session. People were laughing — laughing because they were having fun and enjoying an open design process. Nine residents of North Allston sat down with our staff, experienced the space virtually on both the big screen and their own laptops, and brainstormed how […]

Hub2 on Smart City; at Tufts’ CERG

Eric Gordon had an extensive interview with the public radio show Smart City last week to discuss Hub2 and “the new meaning of community.” Listen now. We also had a very fun and productive chat with Tufts’ Civic Engagement Research Group on Friday. What interests me is that after so many years of Blizzard, Linden […]

event: Using Virtual Reality to Foster Civic Engagement

Eric Gordon and I will be presenting on Hub2 tomorrow at Tufts’ Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) tomorrow, 12:00-1:30 in the Rabb Room at Tisch College. The event is free and open to all. More details here.

Hub2 in Boston Business Journal

Virtual tool puts residents in the planning process Too often, the neighborhood planning process turns into an us-versus-them face-off between developers and residents. But two local educators are hoping to change that by inviting Bostonians into the virtual world of HUB2, a 3-D online depiction of Boston in which the public can help design the […]

Hub2 at Technology, Knowledge, and Society (Northeastern University)

Looks like Eric and I are on the docket to present Hub2 this Friday at Northeastern’s 4th annual Technology, Knowledge, and Society conference. Problem is that I’ll be on my way to South Carolina, so I guess Eric is on the hook: Friday, 18 January 2008 Northeastern University Curry Student Center (building 50) 360 Huntington […]

Hub2 in the Weekly Dig

Got a small mention in the Weekly Dig last week on the Hub2 launch event. I’m quoted as noting that the key handoff was a “symbolic” gesture — hope that doesn’t make the whole thing sound, well, symbolic, because we’ve been having serious and fruitful conversations with the BRA and City since then.

Real-world snow vs. Virtual Boston

Despite the first epic snowstorm of the season, we had a great turnout at Emerson College and on Boston Island yesterday for the Hub2 pilot wrapup and Phase II launch. We successfully handed over the “Deed” to Boston Island over to the City of Boston in real life and the key to Boston Island in […]