Sasaki commenced their 2011 internship program on Monday, June 6. This is the fourth year in which Sasaki has organized a two-week pro bono workshop with a community in Massachusetts. This year the program is working with the City of Fall River. The partnership with Fall River started in the winter of 2010 when Sasaki highlighted Fall River as one of the prototypical communities for Urban Fabric, an independent research project and exhibit Sasaki hosted. The Urban Fabric project highlighted Fall River, Massachusetts; Newark, New Jersey; and Mobile, Alabama as communities linked by the textile industry in the United States in the 1800s, and explored how these communities are moving forward following the loss of the industry. The project identified strategies from around the world that communities struggling with the loss of an industry can look to in order to move ahead in rebuilding the economic, social, and environmental foundations of their communities.
The two-week workshop will look at strengthening the connections between Fall River's downtown and waterfront. The interns will spend the following eight weeks working with project teams throughout Sasaki's office.