A date with design

Hideo Sasaki 100th Birthday Celebration

Watertown, Massachusetts


The Sasaki Foundation serves as the steward and curator for the Incubator at Sasaki—activating it with public programs, facilitating research initiatives, and inviting new people to the mix.



Speaker Series: 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.

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.

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.

Advanced Enclosure Detailing Workshop

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.

Where is Technology Taking Us and Do We Have to Go?

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.



Speaker Series: 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.

Speaker Series: 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.

Tuesday Brew

Multiple Dates

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 at the Incubator at Sasaki, a flexible research studio and shared work space located at global design firm Sasaki’s Chase Mills campus, 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.


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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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Speaker Series: 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.

Speaker Series: 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.

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beyondAEC Hackathon

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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