Earlier this month, the third annual HUBweek descended on Boston, displaying the city’s most cutting-edge displays of creativity and innovation. Programs were spread across City Hall Plaza’s eight acres, filling five geodesic domes-turned-auditoriums, as well as several shipping containers outfitted specifically for displaying high-tech demonstrations.
Sasaki was involved in both the organizing and execution of the week’s events. Principal and landscape architect Isabel Zempel, ASLA, moderated and Sasaki principal and architect Christine Dunn, AIA, spoke on a panel on “Creative Placemaking: A View on Tactical Urbanism,” alongside several major players in the Boston design and arts scene.
Dunn [pictured middle] and Zempel [pictured far right] participate in the panel on Creative Placemaking
“Structure is set up for artists to work in Boston, but it’s hard to engage in. The spaces for spontaneous art are very minimal,” shared Zempel, who is also the co-chair of the Boston Society of Architects’ (BSA) Urban Design Committee, reflecting on the panel’s discussion. “Boston is yet to find the dynamic setting for urban art that has become a calling card for cities of similar size.”
Additionally, Sasaki hosted a virtual reality (VR) demonstration of "The Eye of the Storm," a pavilion that will be featured, in built form, at HUBweek 2018. A collaboration between Sasaki and artist Yu-Wen Wu, the design offers an immersive and peaceful respite in the middle of the bustling festival.
Installed within a shipping container, the VR exhibit drew a steady line of visitors all day. Sasaki’s VR Specialist, David Morgan, and designer Lucca Townsend guided participants through the experience—the first VR experience for many of the visitors.
Townsend walks a first-time VR user through the headset and controls
“Boston often pervades a certain modesty about the ground-breaking innovations happening here on a regular basis,” muses Dunn. “HUBweek creates a great opportunity for the city to put some of its amazing accomplishments on display. We were thrilled to be involved this year, and look forward to contributing next year.”