Magic happens when community members are an integral part of the changes happening around them.

Isenberg Projects is a creative consulting agency based in Boston that specializes in place-based work and community engagement.

The best communities are hyper collaborative and inclusive. We work with clients to create and manage strategic cultural plans to activate their places. We use data-driven community placemaking as a method to support art & culture, creativity and togetherness.

Flexible urbanism can support equitable and compelling built environments. We are the translator between a variety of stakeholders driving purpose-led change and shared value.

Featured Case Studies
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Harvard-Allston Initiative: Zone 3

Harvard University | Western Ave Corridor

A hybrid of a digital and physical placemaking initiative known as Zone 3. Zone 3 highlights the meaningful connection between Allston’s passion towards art and creative opportunities in the neighborhood and the development of the built environment along Western Ave.

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The Fenway

Samuels & Associates | The Fenway

An adaptive reuse of a former Sunoco station in the heart of the Fenway neighborhood, now a home for community programs, experimentation, and proof of concept for a future park.

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Open Newbury Street

City of Boston | Newbury St.

Sixteen weeks of car free Sundays in Boston’s most well-known shopping district.

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10 World Trade

Boston Global Investors | Boston Seaport

An opportunity to set the standard for community engagement in the district, with an emphasis on diversity, arts and culture, and wellness.

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Autodesk

Design Night Boston | Boston Seaport

Connecting the local creative community, designers, and Autodesk employees through engaging events, activities, and speaker series.

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Reserved Channel

Oxford Properties | South Boston

Community-informed master planning of a 42-acre parcel through events, programs, surveys, and a lending-library of activities. Recreation Station, a free community lending library of activities, was conceptualized as a way to gather community feedback about ways to create more life along the waterfront in South Boston.

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Pop-Ups + Retail

Retail Consulting | Greater Boston & Beyond

Since 2011 we’ve created over a 100 short term retail experiences and pilot programs to spur economic growth drivers in suffering retail markets to delivering proof of concept and/ or to support gaps within districts.

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Studio Allston Hotel

The Davis Companies | Allston, MA

Over 20 local artists, 117 unique hotel rooms, and 4 immersive hotel suites took the former “worst hotel in Boston” into one of the best reviewed and constantly booked hotels in the city.

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Make It Happen Residency

Mentorship & Non-Profit Work

Each year we partner with a non-profit organization or small business that is looking to maximize their impact within their community. We offer a bank of agency time in addition to serving as a mentor, advocate, and ongoing resource beyond the annual residency.

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Arsenal Yards

Boylston Properties | Watertown, MA

A robust programmatic and public art plan to shift perceptions of the property’s past life while shaping Watertown’s newest urban mixed use development.

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Roxbury Youth Programs

Roxbury Youth Programs | Roxbury, MA

A unique visual identity project in order to differentiate Roxbury Youth Programs from its parent organization and enhance its appeal to local youth.

Sunset at Arsenal Yards highlighing the floral mural by Louise Jones

GATHER Fall River

Mass Development TDI | Fall River, MA

Cultivating a creative space in Fall River at the crossroads of design, art, and manufacturing through operations planning, programming, design and marketing.

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The Innovation and Design Building

Jamestown Properties  | Boston Seaport

The creation of consumer facing engagements through targeted activations focusing on retail, design, and community engagement in order to support office leasing and foster a culture and community awareness of the property’s ground floor retail.

Shake up the future with a glimpse into our past…

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The Blog

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An Everyday Guide to (Semi) Public Space

What does it mean when public spaces aren’t entirely… public? And what does that mean for the people that use them? In this blog post, our Urban Planning and Design Coordinator, Max Frank, shares some thoughts on the landscape of privately owned public spaces (POPS), and some red flags and green flags to look out for when visiting them.

In The News

Exploring Civic and Cultural Space Planning on Boston's Waterfront

The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture is working to improve the delivery conditions and tenanting processes for Civic/Cultural Space made available through Chapter 91 Facilities of Public Accomodations. We spoke with them to dive into the work that Isenberg Projects will be doing in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture.

Join The Team

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We're Hiring

At Isenberg Projects, we recognize that everyone brings something different to the table, and we believe in fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment.

If you are passionate about the creative industry and have the drive to excel in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, we would love to hear from you.

Connect

Opportunities for partners, businesses, and the creative community

We’re always looking for new ways to work with a wide range of artists, brands, food trucks, musicians, and other creatives to produce the most exciting and innovative work in and around Boston. Explore different capacities in which you can get involved.