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Hideo Sasaki's 100th Birthday Celebration

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Incubator at Sasaki

64 Pleasant Street

Watertown, MA 02472

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Hideo Sasaki, founder of the global design firm Sasaki, was internationally respected as a landscape architect, planner, teacher, and mentor. He instilled the firm he founded with a spirit of critical thinking and open inquiry. On October 17th, Sasaki will celebrate what would have been Hideo’s 100th birthday with a special fundraising event to benefit the Sasaki Foundation, which was created in his honor almost 20 years ago.


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.


WHO WAS HIDEO SASAKI?

Hideo pioneered the concept of interdisciplinary planning and design, through his education at UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, through his teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and through the firm he created in 1953.

As chairman of Harvard's Landscape Architecture Department, Hideo helped revolutionize the study of landscape architecture by tying it to the larger issues of planning and by breaking down the traditional barriers between practice and teaching. He invited busy practitioners in a variety of disciplines to teach briefly in his department, enriching the curriculum and connecting it to the real world, and he brought promising students into his firm where they put his practical, interdisciplinary approach into action.


HIDEO SASAKI'S LEGACY

Since Hideo founded the firm over 65 years ago, Sasaki has been humbled to play a part in positively impacting the built world around us. Our work, spearheaded by more than 300 employees from over 38 countries and who speak more than 31 languages, spans across our local community, throughout the U.S. and around the globe.

Hideo would have turned 100 this year, and to honor his memory and continue to drive his legacy forward we will celebrate this memorable point in time with a special event where we will invite some of Hideo’s original co-founders and partners, along with current practitioners and academic institutions that carry forward his original vision today.


WHO WILL BE THERE?

We will start the evening with a special interview with Peter Walker. Originally a student of Hideo’s at Harvard, Peter began his career working with Sasaki and then formed a partnership shortly thereafter when the firm became known as Sasaki Walker and Associates in 1957. Pete continues to lead a thriving practice today at PWP Landscape Architecture in Berkeley, California.

After hearing from Peter, we will host a panel of speakers that you won’t want to miss, including:

Stuart (Stu) Dawson — a revered figure in landscape architecture and an early partner of Hideo Sasaki. To learn more about the early history of this firm, check out this video interview with Stu explaining the early growth of our various offices.
Martha Welborne — a nationally recognized leader in urban development and the first female principal at Sasaki, Martha worked as an architect and planner at Sasaki in the 1980’s, and later went on to lead the Planning and Real Estate Departments at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Martha is now a Senior Advisor at HR&A.
Anne Whiston Spirn — an author, photographer, landscape architect, and teacher, Anne is the Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at MIT. The American Planning Association named her first book, The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design (1984), as one of the 100 most important books of the 20th century and credited it with launching the ecological urbanism movement.
David Hays — Associate Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where Hideo Sasaki went to school and later taught, and where they celebrate “Sasaki Day” annually in May.
Anita Berrizbeitia — Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she researches theories of modern and contemporary landscape architecture. Anita is widely published and was the recipient of the 2005/2006 Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture.


5:00-6:00pm Registration, refreshments and activities
6:00-7:30pm Panel discussion
7:30-8:30pm Reception



All proceeds will benefit the Sasaki Foundation, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was established with a bequest from Hideo's family and friends after his passing in 2000 to continue his legacy of advancing rigorous and challenging research in design. To learn more about Sasaki Foundation initiatives, check out their website.



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Vehicle and bike will be available on-site and nearby.

Public Transit
#504 Express from Federal/Franklin or Otis St at Summer St, Downtown Boston, to Watertown Yard, Watertown Sq, (30-35 minutes), then 5 minute walk to 64 Pleasant St
#70 from Green St at Pearl St, Central Sq, Cambridge, (towards Waltham Center) take to Main St at Thaxter St/Watertown Administration Building, Watertown (30 min); then 3 minute walk to 64 Pleasant St
#71, from inside Harvard Square Station, lower level bus platform; take to Mt Auburn at Main St, Watertown Square (22 minutes); then 4 minute walk to 64 Pleasant St
#57, from Kenmore Square, arrives in Watertown Square (30+ minutes), then 4 minute walk to 64 Pleasant St

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