October 3, 2018

2018 Sasaki Foundation Design Grant Winners Announced

2018 Sasaki Foundation Design Grant Winners Announced

The Sasaki Foundation announced today its 2018 Design Grant Winners. If you’ve somehow missed all the buzz around them, the Design Grants are an annual competition held by the Sasaki Foundation to showcase projects that support and drive interdisciplinary innovation and empower our local communities. The winning teams are awarded $15,000 each, and are provided office space in the Incubator at Sasaki.

The projects this year focused on global challenges, with a local emphasis, including Proactive Approaches to Climate Adaptation, New Models for Housing, Innovation in Transit & Access, and Creative Community Building. Teams were tasked with addressing these challenges within various communities in Massachusetts.

This year, the Foundation received over 140 inquiries and approximately two dozen applications from teams. The projects represented 15 organizations, 7 teams of individuals, 9 Boston communities, 2 Greater Boston cities, and 3 Gateway Cities.

“We had so much fun reading the project applications,” says Alexandra Lee, Executive Director. “The Foundation is excited to help fund innovative, creative projects and help bring local communities into the design conversation.”

Congratulations to the 2018 Design Grant Winners:

Charles River Floating Wetlands

New approach to reduce harmful algal blooms by enhancing zooplankton populations using floating wetlands along Charles River.

Community Focus: Boston, Cambridge

Eastie for Eastie

Promotes using land pooling, land readjustment, and community land trusts as an alternative to displacement due to rising sea levels and intensifying development pressure.

Community Focus: East Boston

G|Code House

Designed as a co-living, -learning, and -working community, G|Code House will provide young women of color ages 18 to 25 who have an interest and/or aptitude for computers or technology with training and work opportunities.

Community Focus: Roxbury

The ECHO Locator

A new digital interface, the ECHOLocator, will provide housing choice voucher holders with customizable information on communities that are both affordable and serve their public transit needs.

Community Focus: Boston

Please Touch the Art

Tactile art exhibit and companion humanities exhibit to provide multi-sensory art and immersive, tactile experience for visually impaired community members.

Community Focus: Watertown and Greater Boston


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