In 2016, we revealed a brand identity
that embodies our diverse and interdisciplinary practice; saw our ideas
realized from draft paper to brick and mortar; planned resilient systems that
promote stewardship of our shared planet; and created vibrant, active spaces in
cities and on campuses across the globe—actions rooted in our belief in the
transformative power of place.
As the year comes to a close, we share our most insightful thought leadership from 2016 with you. These ideas are the foundation of our work and guide our practice now and in the coming year. In 2017 you will see even more thinking from us on broad areas of investigation, including: New Pedagogies, The Ideas Economy, Resilient Systems, Connecting Communities, Urban Experience, and Campus for All.
Read on for the ten best thought leadership pieces coming from Sasaki this year.
Cedar Rapids, a city of 130,000, had only eight years between their first and second highest floods on historical record. Learn how long term strategies were put to the test earlier this year.
Designers must account for the needs of more diverse populations more than ever before. Diana Fernandez, ASLA, articulates how diversity is critical to the future of the design profession.
Maker culture is changing the way planning and design firms conceptualize and execute their work. Read about the evolving tenets of the making movement and how it pushes our firm to more innovative and imaginative in how we design, build, and work every day.
Among rapid technological change, the library has evolved drastically over the past thirty years. The third generation library is a center for engagement that borrows from legacy traditions and adds new dimensions. Read more about the next generation of library, as told by Bryan Irwin, AIA, LEED AP.
In “Where Work Meets Play,” Sasaki landscape architect and Senior Associate Kate Tooke, ASLA, details her experiences conducting a post-occupancy study at Smale Riverfront Park, and shares some key design takeaways.
Amid a changing landscape of pedagogy, education platforms, and spatial configurations, is campus still relevant? In an article in SCUP's Planning for Higher Education Journal, Vinicius Gorgati, AIA, LEED AP, and Pablo Savid-Buteler, LEED AP, assert that campus matters more than ever, examining new campus models from around the world.
Athletics facilities that serve not only varsity athletes, but also the broader campus community, are increasingly popular. An article in Recreation Management by Sasaki principal Bill Massey, AIA, LEED AP, discusses how shared amenities and multi-purpose spaces, such as Middlebury College's Virtue Field House, can help colleges maximize their investments both financially and spatially.
Sasaki principal James Miner, AICP, delivered a TEDx Talk, "The Future of Food," which explores issues within the current industrial agricultural system, such as unsustainable levels of water usage, drawbacks of monoculture farming, and the complexities of national food distribution systems.