Sasaki (company)

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Sasaki is an interdisciplinary design firm practicing Architecture, Interior Design, Planning and Urban Design, Space Planning, Landscape Architecture, Ecology, Civil Engineering, and Place Branding.[1] The firm is headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts, but practices at an international scale, with a second office in Shanghai,[2] and clients and projects around the globe. Sasaki is known for a uniquely collaborative design process that yields integrated,[3] contextual designs.[4]

Sasaki
Founded1953
FounderHideo Sasaki
Headquarters
Area served
International
Services
Websitehttp://www.sasaki.com/

HistoryEdit

Sasaki was founded in 1953 by acclaimed landscape architect, Hideo Sasaki while he served as a professor and landscape architecture chair at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.[5] Sasaki was founded upon collaborative, interdisciplinary design, unprecedented in design practice at the time,[6] and an emphasis on the integration of land, buildings, people, and their contexts.[7]

With these values, and under the guidance of Hideo, Sasaki became a leader in complex environmental design. Through the mid to late 1900's, Sasaki designed plazas (including Copley Square),[8][9] corporate parks, college campuses, and master plans, among other projects, all while building a reputation for understanding each site's demographics and context.[5]

Today, Sasaki continues to rely on its founding values of collaboration and contextual design, as it has expanded its vision as a firm, embracing many disciplines. The firm includes a team of in house designers, software developers, and data analysts who support the practice.[10] Today, Sasaki has over 300 employees across its diverse practice areas and between its two offices.[11] The firm engages in a wide variety of project types, across its many disciplines.

MilestonesEdit

In 2000, in honor of the passing of the firm's founder, the family of Hideo Sasaki together with Sasaki and other financial supporters, established the Sasaki Foundation.[12] The foundation, which is a separate entity from Sasaki, gives yearly grants, supporting community-led research at Sasaki.[13] In 2012, Sasaki opened an office in Shanghai to support the firm's work in China and the larger Asia Pacific region.[2]

In 2018, Sasaki opened the Incubator, a coworking space designed by and located within the Sasaki campus, which houses the Sasaki Foundation as curator of programming.[14] The 5,000 square-foot space is home to several like-minded non-profits, organizations, and individuals, who work with Sasaki and the Sasaki Foundation towards crafting innovative solutions.[15]

Awards and recognitionEdit

Sasaki projects, spanning disciplines, geographies, and scales, have been recognized recurrently by local, regional, national, and international design awards. In 2007, Sasaki was honored as the American Society of Landscape Architects firm of the year.[16] In 2012, Sasaki won the American Planning Association firm of the year award.[17]

Additionally, Sasaki has earned numerous consecutive Pierre L'Enfant International Planning awards from the American Planning Association.[18][19][20][21] In 2017, two of the five annual finalists for the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence were Sasaki projects: the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (Boston, MA)[22] and the Chicago Riverwalk both were recognized as silver medalists.[23] Sasaki has been named a top 50 firm by Architect Magazine numerous times.[24][25]

Sasaki has received significant recognition from organizations such as the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA), Boston Society of Architects (BSA), American Planning Association (APA), American Institute of Architecture (AIA), Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), Urban Land Initiative (ULI),[26] Dezeen,[27] and Fast Company, among others.

ResearchEdit

Founded out of academia, Sasaki continues to invest in research which furthers the practice and the design industry at large. Notable Sasaki-sponsored research projects include Sea-Change Boston (2016 ASLA Honor Award),[28] Shifting Gears: An Urbanist's take on autonomous vehicles (2019 Fast Company honorable mention),[29] Understanding Homelessness,[30] and Where Design Meets Play.[31]

Select projectsEdit

Sasaki has a large portfolio of work, which includes:

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "Sasaki opens office in Shanghai". Building Design + Construction. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  3. ^ "Hideo Sasaki | The Cultural Landscape Foundation". tclf.org. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  4. ^ "Sasaki is Reimagining Resiliency to Build Stronger Communities - gb&d". gb&d magazine. 2017-11-01. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  5. ^ a b Raver, Anne (2000-09-25). "Hideo Sasaki, 80, Influential Landscape Architect, Dies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  6. ^ Simo, Melanie (2001). The offices of Hideo Sasaki: a corporate history. Washington, D.C.: Spacemaker Press. ISBN 1888931221.
  7. ^ "Hideo Sasaki | The Cultural Landscape Foundation". tclf.org. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  8. ^ "A Unique Job: Expanding a Famed Architect's Legacy". The Boston Globe (Boston, MA). 2017-10-24. Archived from the original on 2018-01-28. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  9. ^ Sasaki, Dawson (1858). "Copley Square". Retrieved 2018-01-06. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ "Building with Big Data and High Tech". Urban Land Magazine. 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  11. ^ "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  12. ^ Times, Boston Real Estate (2017-10-05). "Sasaki Hires Alexandra Lee as the First Executive Director of the Hideo Sasaki Foundation and Curator of New Incubator". Boston Real Estate Times. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  13. ^ "Sasaki Foundation 2019 Design Grants Open House | StartHub". starthub.org. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  14. ^ "Incubator At Sasaki". incubatoratsasaki.com. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  15. ^ Times, Boston Real Estate (2017-10-05). "Sasaki Hires Alexandra Lee as the First Executive Director of the Hideo Sasaki Foundation and Curator of New Incubator". Boston Real Estate Times. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  16. ^ "2007 The Landscape Architecture Firm Award Recipients | asla.org". www.asla.org. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  17. ^ "Sasaki Associates, Inc". American Planning Association. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  18. ^ a b "798 Arts District". American Planning Association. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  19. ^ "National Planning Achievement Awards 2016". American Planning Association. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  20. ^ "Tecnológico de Monterrey Urban Regeneration Plan". American Planning Association. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  21. ^ "The Songzhuang Arts and Agriculture City". American Planning Association. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  22. ^ "Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building". Rudy Bruner Award. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
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  25. ^ "https://www.architectmagazine.com/architect-50/2011/". www.architectmagazine.com. Retrieved 2019-08-23. External link in |title= (help)
  26. ^ "Finalists Named for 2019 ULI Global Awards for Excellence". Urban Land Magazine. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  27. ^ "Finalists Named for 2019 ULI Global Awards for Excellence". Urban Land Magazine. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  28. ^ "Sea Change: Boston | 2016 ASLA Professional Awards". www.asla.org. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  29. ^ Clendaniel, Morgan (2019-04-08). "World Changing Ideas 2019: All the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions". Fast Company. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  30. ^ Misra, Tanvi. "Mapping America's Homelessness Crisis". CityLab. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  31. ^ "Where Design Meets Play". Foundation. 2017-06-28. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  32. ^ "Master plan for Beijing Olympics". 2003-03-27. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  33. ^ "Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building / Mecanoo + Sasaki Associates". ArchDaily. 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  34. ^ https://www.asla.org/2018awards/453251-Chicago_Riverwalk.html
  35. ^ "Sasaki Designs a New Progressive Master Plan and Four New Buildings for the Universidad de Lima". ArchDaily. 2019-07-30. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
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  37. ^ Scott, Aaron. "New Development Could Transform Portland's Arts Landscape (And Its Skyline)". www.opb.org. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  38. ^ "Sasaki Transform the Yangtze Waterfront with Flood-Friendly Masterplan". ArchDaily. 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  39. ^ "Sasaki launches an incubator and hosts its second annual hackathon". Archpaper.com. 2018-07-18. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  40. ^ "Sasaki Is Redesigning City Hall Plaza for the Masses". Boston Magazine. 2019-08-21. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  41. ^ "Boston Society of Landscape Architects – Announcing 2018 BSLA Design Awards". Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  42. ^ "401 Congress" Check |url= value (help). 401. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  43. ^ "Sasaki Designs a Panda Reserve in Chengdu, China to Aid Wildlife Preservation". ArchDaily. 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  44. ^ "Lincoln Memorial Grounds | The Cultural Landscape Foundation". tclf.org. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  45. ^ Binz, Svenja. "Florida gets its very own 'Central Park' - Topos". Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  46. ^ "Sasaki Designs a Panda Reserve in Chengdu, China to Aid Wildlife Preservation". ArchDaily. 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  47. ^ "Sasaki Designs a New Progressive Master Plan and Four New Buildings for the Universidad de Lima". ArchDaily. 2019-07-30. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  48. ^ "Sasaki Transform the Yangtze Waterfront with Flood-Friendly Masterplan". ArchDaily. 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2019-08-22.