Starlight Square is a temporary intervention designed to build capacity within the Central Square community for outdoor performance, learning, dining, and dialogue. Before the pandemic, however, this idea was pitched as something much simpler. Still using scaffolding and scrim, the Central Square Business Improvement District, Flagg Street Studio, and Boyes-Watson Architects teams imagined using a portion of Lot 5 to create a square in the Square, a civic commons in the heart of the city.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the idea was reimagined to meet the scale of the crisis, still holding true to the original intent. What you see at Starlight today realizes decades’ worth of city planning and participation from the Central Square community.