A date with design
The Sasaki Foundation hosts public programs, facilitating research initiatives, and is committed to advancing the value of design, inviting diverse partners to co-create change.
2023 Design Grants Office Hours
March 1 and 15, April 5 and 19, 2023
Sign up for our virtual office hours to learn more about the Sasaki Foundation Design Grants and our 2023 call for proposals. Sasaki Foundation staff will be available to answer questions.
Design Grants Mixer
April 6, 2023
Join us for our in-person Design Grants Mixer. This event will foster connections between prospective applicants seeking team members to apply for the Sasaki Foundation Design Grants in response to our 2023 call for proposals.
2023 Design Grants Pitch Night
June 1, 2023
Join us to hear Sasaki Foundation Design Grants finalists pitch their ideas for projects that address creative community building, new models for housing, innovation in transit and access to mobility choices, innovation in health and wellbeing, and proactive approaches to climate adaptation. Finalists will be determined in May 2023.
March 21, 2023
Meet with the program manager to ask questions about the Sasaki Foundation’s summer positions. Learn about our organization and our mission to make design equitable for all.
March 9, 2023
Join us for a virtual Open House to learn more about the Sasaki Foundation Design Grants and our 2023 call for proposals.
2022 Design Grants Mid-grant Presentations
February 22, 2023
Cultural Planning, Community Building, and Neighborhood Stabilization in Chinatown
January 26, 2023
Join the Sasaki Foundation for the first in-person event in our new downtown Boston home: a panel discussion on cultural planning, community building, and neighborhood stabilization in Chinatown on January 26, 2023. Hear from our neighboring local organizations Asian Community Development Corporation, Chinatown Community Land Trust, and Pao Arts Center as we reflect on the last 20 years of planning in Chinatown, the importance of the current cultural planning process, and the possibilities for the future of the neighborhood.
2022 Design Grants Pitch Night
May 25, 2022
Join us to hear Sasaki Foundation Design Grants finalists pitch their ideas for projects that address proactive approaches to climate adaptation, new models for housing, innovation in transit and access to mobility choices, creative community building, and innovation in health and wellbeing.
Invest in Our Future: Youth Engagement in Design and Sustainability
April 22, 2022
Join the Sasaki Foundation to celebrate Earth Day under the 2022 theme, Invest in our Planet. At the Sasaki Foundation, we believe that one of the most powerful ways to invest in our planet is to invest in the future — our young people. Attend this engaging panel discussion to learn from youth leaders and adult facilitators about the importance of ensuring that young people have a voice in design, meaningful jobs in sustainability fields, and leadership in the environmental movement.
2022 Design Grants Open House
March 10 and April 7, 2022
Join us for a virtual Open House to learn more about the Sasaki Foundation Design Grants and our 2022 call for proposals.
No matter who you are, we need your skills. If you have ideas on how to tackle climate adaptation, housing or transit inequities or displacement of residents, or how to foster community building and wellbeing, we encourage you to learn more about our Design Grants program.
Women in Municipal Leadership: Representation for Shared Impact
March 31, 2022
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Sasaki Foundation invites you to join us for a panel discussion with women in municipal leadership in Massachusetts. Leaders from Greater Boston and Gateway Cities will speak to the importance of representation in municipal leadership, and their work in community building, climate adaptation, housing strategies, transit and mobility, and health and well-being.
Meet the New Executive Director
February 23, 2022
The Sasaki Foundation is thrilled to announce Jennifer Lawrence, formerly of the City of Cambridge, as our new executive director. Join us for a virtual fireside chat to learn about the work she has done leading up to her joining the Sasaki Foundation, and what she hopes to bring to the table.
Mobility Equity Vision: Exploring Universal Basic Mobility
November 16, 2021
MIT’s Mobility Vision Day will convene leaders and thinkers representing the public, private, and non-profit sectors from across the globe, showcasing the latest research and innovation in the realm of transportation and catalyzing cross-sector collaboration in setting a research agenda for the future of transportation to help build a system that is more sustainable, equitable, and efficient. In partnership with the Sasaki Foundation and with funding by the Barr Foundation, the day includes a panel discussion entitled Mobility Equity Vision: Exploring Universal Basic Mobility, featuring Seleta Reynolds, Los Angeles Department of Transportation; Ben Bear, Spin; Robin Chase, New Urban Mobility Alliance (NUMO); and moderator Annie Hudson, MIT Mobility Initiative. Panelists will explore the concept of Universal Basic Mobility, offering best practices and highlighting the importance of access to quality transportation for all.
Mobility Equity Symposium
June 5, 2021
The MIT Mobility Initiative, in partnership with the Sasaki Foundation and with funding by the Barr Foundation, is pleased to announce the upcoming Mobility Equity Symposium to explore issues of mobility and equity as they relate to communities in the cities of Lynn and Malden. The symposium is an opportunity to hear from community members about particular transportation-related needs they have and challenges they face; to engage with local government actors to better understand opportunities and initiatives in the works; and to workshop methods and ideas to address the identified needs and challenges. Participants will be actively engaged throughout the symposium with the end goal of outlining key areas for future research, innovation, and action.
April 22, 2021
As part of the Cambridge Science Festival and to honor Earth Day, the Sasaki Foundation is hosting a panel discussion about the Charles River. The conversation will highlight stewardship of the river, activation of public parks along its banks, and the ecology of the river. Get an update on the Charles River Floating Wetland and the water quality data that has been collected, a look at ways to enliven the river banks, and how we can all contribute to preserving this special asset.
Feminist Practices in Design + Data
March 25, 2021
February 25, 2021
Uneven Access: Mobility Through the Lens of Equity
November 19, 2020
Uneven Access: Mobility Through the Lens of Equity showcases the collaborative research initiative Mobility Innovator, an effort that investigates equitable approaches to mobility for Greater Boston. This event discusses three research components: an MIT research project studying perceived distance to transit access; a digital tool created by Sasaki spatially exploring the mobility access challenges and opportunities in Gateway Cities; and a community engagement strategy gathering input from residents of Lynn and Malden. The Mobility Innovator is a year-long initiative led by Sasaki Foundation and Sasaki and funded by the Barr Foundation.
Co-creating Equitable Cities: A Conversation with Chief Crockett
OCTOBER 22, 2020
In celebration of the 20-year anniversary of the founding of the Sasaki Foundation, please join us for a virtual conversation with Dr. Karilyn Crockett, Chief of Equity for the City of Boston, and Mary Anne Ocampo, Sasaki Foundation board chair and principal at Sasaki, as they discuss important issues on city making, civic dialogue and engagement, and building a more equitable Boston.
Redlining, Housing Policies, and More
October 1, 2020
Many communities redlined on government maps over eighty years ago continue to struggle economically to this day. In essence, it is as though these communities, then and now largely made up of people of color, have been trapped in the past, locking neighborhoods into seemingly infinite poverty. Join us for a virtual discussion with a panel of housing experts from the Greater Boston area, who will touch on redlining, affordable housing policies, and more.
2019 Design Grants Final Presentations
JUNE 26, 2020
Hear from our 2019 Design Grants research teams as they wrap up their residency in the Incubator at Sasaki. Their projects focused on proactive approaches to climate change, innovation in transit and access to mobility choices, new models for housing and creative community building.
2020 Design Grants Pitch Night
June 3, 2020
Join us to hear Sasaki Foundation Design Grants finalists pitch their ideas for projects that address proactive approaches to climate adaptation, new models for housing, innovation in transit and access to mobility choices, and creative community building. Finalists will be determined in May 2020.
Climate Resilience in 2020 and Beyond
May 20, 2020 (FORMERLY April 22)
Climate resilience can be generally defined as the capacity for a socio-ecological system to absorb stresses and simultaneously maintain function and prosperity in the face of (and wake of) climate change. Moving forward from any stresses, communities ideally would adapt, reorganize and evolve to be as prepared as possible for future impacts of climate change. Join us virtually for a lively panel discussion and networking event.
Where is Technology Taking Us and Do We Have to Go?
POSTPONED (Formerly April 16, 2020)
Attend this fast-paced high-level survey of the development of design technologies over the past decade and the impacts they are having on the profession and industry worldwide. What will computational, data-driven and generative design mean for the way we design and deliver projects? What are the advantages of computational landscape design and data-driven urbanism, and what criteria are missing from almost every generative design? Experience what promises to be a high energy talk on the confluence of design, technology and practice.
Advanced Enclosure Detailing Workshop
POSTPONED (Formerly April 8, 2020)
This workshop will offer attendees a hands-on experience in developing high-performing exterior enclosure details. This interactive workshop is perfect for all experience levels, from emerging professionals who will gain insights into the fundamentals of detailing to intermediate and expert practitioners who want to explore advances in building tectonics. This workshop offers 4 LU/HSW credits through AIA.
2020 Design Grants Open House
April 1, 2020
Join our free, online webinar to learn more about the Sasaki Foundation Design Grants and our call for proposals, open now.
MIT Solve: Solver Showcase Workshop
POSTPONED (Formerly March 26, 2020)
MIT Solve is a marketplace connecting innovators with resources to solve Global Challenges. Each year, Solve selects the most promising Solver teams who will drive transformational change. We invite you to the Incubator at Sasaki to hear from folks from the challenge’s selected solutions and provide feedback. Spots are limited!
Women’s Month Celebration
POSTPONED (Formerly March 25, 2020)
Celebrate Women’s Month and join us for networking, a segment “Mindful Minutes: a guided meditation” by a local yoga instructor, and a two part-panel discussion in the Incubator at Sasaki.
Girl UNinterrupted: Trends from Coast to Coast
March 3, 2020
This presentation is a reflection of Girl UNinterrupted‘s research on design equity in five cities. The presentation will highlight gaps in the design profession when it comes to young designers and negotiation, career growth, and work-life balance as well as resolutions on what can be done to minimize that gap. A panel discussion will follow.
Black History Month Celebration
February 25, 2020
Black History Month is just as vibrant today as it was when the celebration began 85 years ago. Honoring Black History Month helps us remember to continue to draw inspiration and guidance from the past.. Join us for networking, refreshments, music and a presentation highlighting history and culture in honor of Black History Month.
Activating the Public Realm
February 12, 2020
What are the most integral parts of a public space? Does the functionality of a public space need to be explained or should users experience the space in their own ways? Join us for a lively panel discussion and networking event in the Incubator at Sasaki about activating the public realm.
Innovative Solutions to Housing Needs
November 13, 2019
The City projects that over 700,000 people will be living in Boston by 2030. Increased demand for housing leads to increased housing costs, which can contribute to a number of issues and disruptions. Additionally, displacement of families, caused by economic and environmental forces, is exacerbated by the limited supply of affordable, family-oriented housing units. Join our team of housing experts for a lively panel discussion and networking event in the Incubator at Sasaki.
Hideo’s 100th Birthday Celebration
October 17, 2019
On October 17th, we will celebrate what would have been Hideo Sasaki’s 100th birthday with a special fundraising event to benefit the Sasaki Foundation. The event will consist of a panel discussion, a silent auction, a pop-up shop, music, refreshments and more, and will be a wonderful evening celebrating the world of design.
Collaborative and Creative Community Building
September 25, 2019
Join us for a lively panel discussion and networking event that will address how individuals, organizations and movements can play distinctive and critical roles in revitalizing communities as well as placekeeping. A concept beyond placemaking, placekeeping includes the preservation of local identity through strengthening social bonds, celebrating neighborhood history, and developing strategies for enhancing and energizing neighborhoods.
Want to meet innovators, civic leaders, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders in Greater Boston? Continue to build and strengthen your networks? Come to Tuesday Brew, and enjoy coffee or tea on us! These monthly events take place on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 8:30-9:30am. Tuesday Brew is designed to be format-free with the simple goal of fostering new and strengthening existing connections.
2018 Design Grants Final Presentations
June 13, 2019
Hear from our 2018 Design Grants research teams as they wrap up their residency in the Incubator at Sasaki. Their projects focused on proactive approaches to climate change, innovation in transit and access to mobility choices, new models for housing and creative community building.
2019 Design Grants Pitch Night
June 5, 2019
Join us to hear the Sasaki Foundation Design Grants finalists pitch their ideas for projects that address proactive approaches to climate adaptation, new models for housing, innovation in transit and access to mobility choices, and creative community building. You will learn how the teams’ proposed innovations will leverage design to address issues of resiliency and equity in communities.
This event is an opportunity to network with startups, designers and planners, community groups, artists, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs who are interested in exploring collaborative ways to strengthen and empower communities.
The Sasaki Foundation Design Grants is an annual grant program presented to teams of two to four people from Greater Boston communities who propose projects in the Foundation’s four focus areas that work to promote equity in design. Teams will work in the Incubator at Sasaki in proximity to Sasaki designers as well as entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders.
Book Talk: The Urban Commons by Dan O’Brien
May 16, 2019
Daniel T. O’Brien, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, as well as Co-Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative, will discuss his new book, The Urban Commons.
Dan explains transformative insights obtained from years researching Boston’s 311 reporting system, a sophisticated city management tool that has revolutionized how ordinary Bostonians use and maintain public spaces.
The book reveals the power and potential of Boston’s 311 system, and the lessons learned that other cities can adapt. Dan also uses the work to speak to the broader opportunities and limitations of “smart cities” technologies.
Coastal Communities Workshop
May 6, 2019
MIT Solve is a marketplace connecting innovators with resources to solve Global Challenges. MIT Solve’s Coastal Communities challenge asks the provocative question: how can coastal communities mitigate and adapt to climate change while developing and prospering?
We invite you to the Incubator at Sasaki to hear from folks from the challenge’s selected solutions and provide feedback. Spots are limited!
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Resilience Through Climate Adaptation & Water Management
April 17, 2019
This lively panel discussion and networking event, which is part of the Cambridge Science Festival, will address how proactive approaches to climate adaptation and water management in the natural and built environment both play a role in creating resilient communities.
How does the science behind rivers, lakes and large bodies of water play a role in preservation and advocacy? What steps can communities who are negatively impacted by extreme weather and changes to water systems take to raise awareness and take action? What are the latest landscape solutions and new technologies for designing river systems? When a river bend needs to channel water, can a multi-benefit system be created? How can more equitable solutions be surfaced in the discussion of proactive approaches to climate adaptation?
Sasaki Foundation Design Grants Open House
MARCH 27, 2019
Join us for an Open House at the Incubator at Sasaki to learn more about the Sasaki Foundation Design Grants.
We are looking for interdisciplinary, creative approaches to test new design concepts that address complex challenges in our communities: proactive approaches to climate adaptation, new models for housing, innovation in transit and access to mobility, and creative community building.
The reception will bring together members of the Greater Boston community, artists and designers, civic leaders and non-profits to learn about the work of the Foundation and the 2019 Call for Proposals.
What’s Next for Transportation?
February 13, 2019
Join us for a lively conversation on what is next to improve our transportation system in the Commonwealth. Following the release of the Governor’s Commission report on The Future of Transportation, this panel discussion will respond to some of the report recommendations.
How do different modes of transportation impact businesses and communities across the Commonwealth; how can good design play a role in enhanced systems to accommodate ride-sharing, autonomous vehicles, cyclists and buses; what new policies do we need; how much will infrastructure change?
Recalibrating Landscapes: the Work of Z+T Studio
DECEMBER 12, 2018
Z+T Studio was founded by Mr. Dong Zhang and Ms. Ziying Tang in Shanghai in 2009. In less than a decade, the studio has gained a critical international reputation for its unique design and prolific portfolio. Z+T Studio’s diverse landscape practice ranges from parks, urban public spaces, playgrounds, and art installations to outdoor furniture. Z+T Studio has received numerous national and international awards, including ASLA Honor Awards in General Design in 2014 and 2017.
In an increasingly urbanized environment, Z+T believes that landscape architecture has evolved beyond the conventional focus of aesthetics, and is increasingly becoming a driving force for urban diversity and identity. Z+T harnesses the power of simple elements in nature to strengthen landscape resilience and socioecological well-being through design.
Resiliency and Arts & Culture Shaping a City’s Aspirations and Future
NOVEMBER 28, 2018
Moderated by Alexandra Lee of the Sasaki Foundation, panelists Mary Anne Ocampo of the Sasaki Foundation, Amy Longsworth of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, Lori Nelson of the City of Boston, and Lee Heald of AHA! New Bedford will discuss how arts and culture can support conversation and work on resiliency.
Gateway City Meetup: Design x Implementation
October 11, 2018
Hello city champions! Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash, MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) team, Sasaki, and members of the Sasaki Foundation are hosting a discussion on community-led urban revitalization in Massachusetts Gateway Cities.
The Sasaki Foundation works with civic leaders, educators, economists, and technologists to connect design and community-driven action. This informal Gateway City Meetup is an opportunity to learn more about the foundation’s research and grant programs, share lessons learned from TDI Districts, and speak with a diverse group of stakeholders (designers and public sector practitioners) about specific ongoing efforts in your communities.
Sasaki Foundation Design Grants Pitch Night
SEPTEMBER 26, 2018
Join us to hear the Sasaki Foundation Design Grants finalists pitch their ideas for projects that address climate adaptation, new models for housing, transit access, and placemaking or community building. You will learn how the teams’ proposed innovations will leverage design to address issues of resiliency and equity in communities.
The Sasaki Foundation Design Grants are annual grants awarded to teams of two to four people from Greater Boston communities who propose projects in the Foundation’s focus areas and that work to promote equity in design.
Open House at the Incubator at Sasaki
July 26, 2018
Join us for an Open House in the Incubator at Sasaki to learn about the Sasaki Foundation Design Grants. This program aspires to use design to strengthen and empower local communities.
The reception will bring together members of the Greater Boston community, artists and designers, civic leaders and non-profits to learn about the work of the Foundation and the Call for Proposals that is now open.
July 20, 2018
Seeking individuals of all expertise levels to collaborate in a 24-hour research and development intensive. Centered around trending technologies in the architecture, engineering, construction, and commercial real estate development industry, this event will highly encourage cross-pollination of ideas and provide exposure to new skills not encountered in practice.
Design for Equity and Inclusion
June 12, 2018
LAF’s New Landscape Declaration calls on landscape architects to work to strengthen and diversify our global capacity as a profession. With a line-up of panelists who prioritize equity and inclusion in their work , these individuals demonstrate how landscape architects can play an instrumental role in reshaping society.
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Conversations with Social Entrepreneurs
May 15, 2018
Join us for a fascinating dialogue with five social entrepreneurs taking on global issues ranging from: sustainable food delivery in schools to ZNE housing infrastructure on Standing Rock to nutrition in food deserts to new tech and coding learning for girls, and a decentralized water and energy collection point that produces drinking water.
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