August 30, 2023

This summer, the Sasaki Foundation hosted our sixth annual Summer Exploratory Experience in Design (SEED) program. For six weeks, we hosted 43 high school students representing 10 Boston neighborhoods and six Greater Boston communities. Students spent their summer learning, growing, and creating concepts for Groundwork Somerville’s New Urban farm and the kiosk that will be used by artists at 10 World Trade.

June 28, 2023

The Cambridge Public Health Department’s annual Health Promotion Mini-Grant Program, in partnership with the Sasaki Foundation, awarded $25,000 to projects that promote healthy eating, physical activity, or youth mental health in Cambridge, MA. 

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March 31, 2023

In early 2022, I joined the Sasaki Foundation with hopes of working with community experts towards solutions to challenges in their neighborhoods, learning from practitioners about equity in design and planning, and engaging young people in meaningful employment in the design industry. I am thrilled that this hope became reality as we transitioned back to in-person programming, moved downtown with Sasaki, and built new partnerships over the past year.

February 10, 2023

Shemar Stewart first joined the Sasaki Foundation’s Summer Exploratory Experience in Design (SEED) program as an intern in 2018, and has served as a teaching assistant every summer since. The SEED program inspired him to switch his major to architecture, and he has used his experience to guide more students through the program. Shemar just graduated from UMass Amherst and is now starting a year-long internship at Sasaki. Estefany Benitez, Sasaki Foundation Program Manager, recently sat down with him to talk about his SEED experiences and career path so far.

August 30, 2022

This summer, the Sasaki Foundation hosted our fifth annual Summer Exploratory Experience in Design (SEED) program. SEED is a six-week paid internship for high school students from the Boston area. With the help of teaching assistants, Sasaki design mentors, and partner organizations, the students learn about careers in the design field and develop their own projects.

January 18, 2022

Although 2021 was a year of remote work and staff transitions, the Sasaki Foundation continued our impact through active community-based research, public programming, and design education. We’re proud of the work we and our partners accomplished this past year.

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We recently connected with Taylor Cain and Kim Lucas from 2023 Sasaki Foundation Design Grants project EarlyEducatorSpace 2.0. The project is a unique opportunity to bring together family childcare providers, families, neighbors, and affordable housing property managers in a way that expands access to childcare, creates opportunities for economic mobility for public housing residents, and enhances affordable housing spaces.

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Sasaki Foundation (SF): What was the biggest inspiration behind your project?

EarlyEducatorSpace 2.0 (EES): Back in 2017, we learned that there were only 30 licensed family child care providers (FCCs) living, working, and serving our families with young children across all 63 Boston Housing Authority (BHA) developments. In 2023, we learned that the number of licensed FCCs in BHA dropped to 28. With over 21,000 public housing residents, we wondered: why aren’t there more FCCs in BHA developments? We envision a BHA where young children and their caregivers are included in the design of its housing units and open spaces.

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SF: Who makes up the team? What are their backgrounds and expertise when it comes to the project?

EES: This team is composed of an amazing team from the BHA and is supported by individuals from local universities Northeastern and Tufts. The BHA team includes architects, senior management, consultants, and, most importantly, resident members of the West Broadway Task Force. Our team is intentionally multidisciplinary and cross-sector, bringing a wealth of lived experience and technical expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, and policy.

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SF: What is one of your favorite aspects about your work on this project?

EES: The idea that residents, property managers, and BHA staff can come together and redesign an entire outdoor space for the local community! 

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SF: What are the aspirations you have for this project and the impact your work will make on your community?

EES: We hope to create a model for engaging residents and property managers in the co-design of BHA open spaces that support young children and their caregivers in feeling safe and welcome in our developments.

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SF: How can others get involved with the work you’re doing?

EES: BHA will be working with the West Broadway Taskforce, residents, and other community members over the coming months to develop conceptual plans for one of the green spaces on the site. We are currently planning to host the following activities:

  • Site walk through 
  • Focus group/interview with BHA childcare providers 
  • Design sessions with the West Broadway Taskforce, BHA residents, BHA childcare providers, and management staff 
  • And more! 

If you are interested in learning more about this effort or want to get involved, please reach out to Rahul.Ramesh@bostonhousing.org.

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Thanks so much to Taylor and Kim for their time, and to the entire EarlyEducatorSpace 2.0 team for all their hard work on this impactful project. Stay tuned for future installments with more of our 2023 Design Grants teams!

 

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We recently connected with Taylor Cain and Kim Lucas from 2023 Sasaki Foundation Design Grants project EarlyEducatorSpace 2.0. The project is a unique opportunity to bring together family childcare providers, families, neighbors, and affordable housing property managers in a way that expands access to childcare, creates opportunities for economic mobility for public housing residents, and enhances affordable housing spaces.

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Sasaki Foundation (SF): What was the biggest inspiration behind your project?

EarlyEducatorSpace 2.0 (EES): Back in 2017, we learned that there were only 30 licensed family child care providers (FCCs) living, working, and serving our families with young children across all 63 Boston Housing Authority (BHA) developments. In 2023, we learned that the number of licensed FCCs in BHA dropped to 28. With over 21,000 public housing residents, we wondered: why aren’t there more FCCs in BHA developments? We envision a BHA where young children and their caregivers are included in the design of its housing units and open spaces.

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SF: Who makes up the team? What are their backgrounds and expertise when it comes to the project?

EES: This team is composed of an amazing team from the BHA and is supported by individuals from local universities Northeastern and Tufts. The BHA team includes architects, senior management, consultants, and, most importantly, resident members of the West Broadway Task Force. Our team is intentionally multidisciplinary and cross-sector, bringing a wealth of lived experience and technical expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, and policy.

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SF: What is one of your favorite aspects about your work on this project?

EES: The idea that residents, property managers, and BHA staff can come together and redesign an entire outdoor space for the local community! 

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Site visit with West Broadway Task Force and interested residents, February 28, 2024

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Site visit with West Broadway Task Force and interested residents, February 28, 2024

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SF: What are the aspirations you have for this project and the impact your work will make on your community?

EES: We hope to create a model for engaging residents and property managers in the co-design of BHA open spaces that support young children and their caregivers in feeling safe and welcome in our developments.

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SF: How can others get involved with the work you’re doing?

EES: BHA will be working with the West Broadway Taskforce, residents, and other community members over the coming months to develop conceptual plans for one of the green spaces on the site. We are currently planning to host the following activities:

  • Site walk through 
  • Focus group/interview with BHA childcare providers 
  • Design sessions with the West Broadway Taskforce, BHA residents, BHA childcare providers, and management staff 
  • And more! 

If you are interested in learning more about this effort or want to get involved, please reach out to Rahul.Ramesh@bostonhousing.org.

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Thanks so much to Taylor and Kim for their time, and to the entire EarlyEducatorSpace 2.0 team for all their hard work on this impactful project. Stay tuned for future installments with more of our 2023 Design Grants teams!

 

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The Sasaki Foundation fosters equity and inclusivity by engaging diverse groups and individuals in the design of the environment. We sponsor research and programs that empower communities and strengthen education in design.

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What we do

The Sasaki Foundation empowers communities by tackling inequity in design. We work with communities, civic leaders, practitioners, educators, and others to support research and programs that diversify the voices involved in shaping the built environment.

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Complex challenges—such as climate change adaptation, affordable housing, mobility and transit access, and community building—require interdisciplinary approaches by a diverse set of stakeholders.

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Meaningfully engaging the public in the design process offers the greatest opportunity for success in sustaining communities.

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Design Education

Industries that have a diverse talent pool and an inclusive creative process are the most successful. A thriving design industry needs a pipeline of diverse, talented, and passionate practitioners.

History

In 2000, the Hideo Sasaki Foundation was established by Sasaki, a multidisciplinary design firm, and included a bequest from the family of Hideo Sasaki, an internationally renowned landscape architect who was admired for his teaching, critical abilities, and multidisciplinary approach to design. Today, the Sasaki Foundation carries forward Hideo Sasaki’s legacy by blurring the boundaries that separate practice and research, academia and industry, the profession and the public to co-create change to shape the built environment.

 

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