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The Boston Children’s Museum envisions Construction Zone 2.0 being a space that encourages children to “Dream, Design, and Build” while providing representation from all the different construction careers. YouthBuild Boston gave the high school students a lesson about the construction process to help them understand the steps. Students then started brainstorming ideas on how to adapt those steps to child-friendly activities. 

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Sketching session at a Boston Children's Museum design education event on April 20, 2024

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Students and mentors discuss ideas in front of the Construction Zone exhibit model

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Mentors from the Boston Society for Architecture, Wolfworks, STUDIO ENÉE, STA Design, WSP, Robert Olson + Associates Architects, ARUP, Commodore Builders, CannonDesign, Eponymous Practice, Margulies Perruzzi, Zephyr Architects, and the Boston Planning and Development Agency came together to assist the youth in thinking of what activities would best engage children in the construction process. 

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It was impressive what the students were able to imagine in only a few hours! Their ideas ranged from touch walls where children could feel all textures of different materials, to an excavator area, dress-up stations, tool stations, and building activities. The museum was thrilled to see the creativity and ingenious ideas the students were able to model and were excited to have received such a good amount of feedback. 

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Model of student ideas for the Boston Children's Museum Construction Zone 2.0 exhibit

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It was incredibly rewarding introducing youth to design while at the same time envisioning the future of the Construction Zone through a youth perspective. The Sasaki Foundation is thankful for the impactful collaboration between our organizations, and we look forward to continuing our partnerships this summer. 

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The Boston Children’s Museum envisions Construction Zone 2.0 being a space that encourages children to “Dream, Design, and Build” while providing representation from all the different construction careers. YouthBuild Boston gave the high school students a lesson about the construction process to help them understand the steps. Students then started brainstorming ideas on how to adapt those steps to child-friendly activities. 

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Sketching session at a Boston Children's Museum design education event on April 20, 2024

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Students and mentors discuss ideas in front of the Construction Zone exhibit model

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Mentors from the Boston Society for Architecture, Wolfworks, STUDIO ENÉE, STA Design, WSP, Robert Olson + Associates Architects, ARUP, Commodore Builders, CannonDesign, Eponymous Practice, Margulies Perruzzi, Zephyr Architects, and the Boston Planning and Development Agency came together to assist the youth in thinking of what activities would best engage children in the construction process. 

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It was impressive what the students were able to imagine in only a few hours! Their ideas ranged from touch walls where children could feel all textures of different materials, to an excavator area, dress-up stations, tool stations, and building activities. The museum was thrilled to see the creativity and ingenious ideas the students were able to model and were excited to have received such a good amount of feedback. 

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Model of student ideas for the Boston Children's Museum Construction Zone 2.0 exhibit

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It was incredibly rewarding introducing youth to design while at the same time envisioning the future of the Construction Zone through a youth perspective. The Sasaki Foundation is thankful for the impactful collaboration between our organizations, and we look forward to continuing our partnerships this summer. 

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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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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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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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