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Who is involved in the Darwin Project?
People Creating Places

As part of the environmental approvals for Boston's Big Dig highway construction project, four acres of the reclaimed surface land were designated to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society to build a glass-enclosed botanical center and accompanying outdoor gardens and support facilities.

In the begining of 2004, the Boston Planning Institute, Inc. proposed the Darwin Project vision for Boston Botanical Garden and Conservation Learning Center.

The Darwin Project team formed a Scientific and Creative Advisory Board to guide us in our mission and bring forward ideas to create a wonderful cultural facility. Through the guidance of E.O. Wilson and several other talented and creative individuals on this Board, we have every opportunity to succeed.

Our core project team of planners, architects, horticulturists, exhibit designers, biologists, and educators has the exciting challenge of bringing these concepts to reality.

As of Spring 2005 we have developed a detailed program, design concepts, business plan, and strategy for a capital campaign. We are working with the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to develop a not-for-profit corporate and leadership structure with the capacity to move the camapign and project forward

As the process evolves, we continue to work closely with the City of Boston and the Turnpike Authority and invite the public to participate in defining this next great place in Boston.

Darwin Project Directors
The Boston Planning Institute

Linda Mongelli Haar, President, Boston Planning Institute

Jonathan Haar, Principal, Boston Planning Institute

Darwin Scientific & Creative Board
Honorary Chair and Senior Science Advisor

Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D., Harvard University, Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus; Curator in Entomology Museum of Comparative Zoology

Senior Advisors

Dr. David E. Moller, Vice President, Metabolic Disorders, MERCK Research Laboratories;former Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Brian D. Farrell, Professor of Biology, Curator of Coleoptera, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology

Linda M. Haar, AICP; M.P.H. Harvard School of Public Health; Loeb Fellow 2003

Jonathan Haar, AICP; A.B. Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard College; MBA Wharton


Andrew W. Torrance, J.D., Ph.D., Harvard University, Harvard University, Biology; Hrdy Fellow in Conservation Biology

Jonathan Haar, AICP; A.B. Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard College; MBA Wharton


Peter S. Ashton, Ph.D., Univeristy of Oxford
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Charles Bullard Professor, Harvard University

Gabriela Chavarría, Ph.D., Harvard University
Defenders of Wildlife, VP of Conservation Policy

William C. Clark, Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Kennedy School of Government, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, MacArthur Fellow

Marilyn Roode Decker, Science Senior Program Director
Boston Public Schools

Meredith C. Fisher, A.M., Harvard University
Harvard University Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D. Candidate

Alex Krieger, AIA, Chan Krieger & Associates, Architects, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Julie Moir Messervy, Landscape Designer

Bruce Stahnke, AIA, Stahnke and Kitagawa Architects

William M. Tomlinson, Ph.D., MIT, University of California Irvine, Assistant Professor, School of Information and Computer Science

Douglas Zook, Ph.D, Clark University, Boston University Associate Professor of Education Curriculum and Teaching

Technical Advisors

John Beck, Director, New York Open Center

Arnd Bruninghaus, A*haus Group Architects-Planners

Laura Cabo, AIA, Principal, Graham Gund Architects

Warren Heilbronner, Esq., Partner, Sullivan & Worcester, LLP

Clare Long, White Mountains National Forest Service

Gary Pomerantz, Principal, Flack + Kurtz , MEP design

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