Inspired by spaces that foster conversation such as New York’s 92nd Street YMCA, WBUR dreamed up a venue for Bostonians to gather for performances, lectures, podcasts and live radio shows. On Feb. 28, CitySpace is set to open its doors at Boston University’s Lavine Broadcast Center, marking the initial phase of a broader campaign to transform the radio station into a multimedia organization. “We wanted CitySpace to serve as a convening space to bring the public together and help break down the silos in our community,” says WBUR general manager Charlie Kravetz. “We’re excited to create thought-provoking, wide-ranging programs.”

Designed by CambridgeSeven, the 8,700-square-foot spot features a flexible open-seating plan that can accommodate up to 275 audience members, as well as high-tech highlights like robotic HD video technology, a pneumatic stage and a 9- by 16-foot video wall. The packed itinerary includes a conversation with Margaret Atwood to coincide with Boston Lyric Opera’s spring premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale, a visit from sports commentators and scientists to delve into concussions and an ongoing series in collaboration with Harvard and BU that examines the relationship that businesses have with climate change.

Hoping to welcome 30,000 annual guests at CitySpace, WBUR views the addition as a hot spot for dialogue that’s vital to the city. Says Kravetz: “By convening diverse thinkers, innovators and performers, we aim to engage audiences on critical issues that are shaping the future of Boston and the United States.” 

CitySpace 890 Comm. Ave., Boston

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