#PlazaPlus | Sasaki`s new take on City Hall Plaza


Taking a cue from the City’s creative, social-media-supported RFI, a group of designers from Sasaki, spanning graphic design, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, architecture, and programming specializations, launched a grassroots campaign that responds to the RFI on its same terms. They created the #PlazaPlus hashtag to spur further dialogue with the public around

#CityHallPlaza. Breaking with traditional project norms, the #PlazaPlus design team took to the streets, spending many weekend and night-time hours out on the plaza, hearing from community members and capturing their hopes in inspired visuals. The team collected over 100 handwritten suggestion cards from Bostonians, which reiterated that the public yearns for a usable plaza and that the ultimate solutions for this space will need to be comprehensive and thoughtful.

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Tecnologico de Monterrey Urban Regeneration Plan | Monterrey Mexico | Sasaki


All over the world, cities and major universities are collaborating to create new economies and regenerate society. Tecnológico de Monterrey is positioned to become a leader in stimulating national urban and economic regeneration—and prove the power of Latin American universities as engines of innovation and entrepreneurship. Tecnologico de Monterrey has set an objective to become one of the top 100 global universities, and the best university in Latin America. In response to this vision, Sasaki’s urban regeneration plan for Tecnológico de Monterrey establishes a framework for the long-term evolution of the campus and adjoining neighborhoods. The plan creates an environment in the university context that will attract significant research and development investment, while transforming the community into a lively, attractive, dynamic, and integrated district.

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Minsk Forest City | Minsk Belarus | Sasaki Associates


Sasaki’s master plan for Minsk City celebrates the rare opportunity to transform an existing 320-hectare urban airport site into a dynamic, attractive, and sustainable new district for the city of Minsk, Belarus. The master plan provides a 24/7 vibrant, diverse, and balanced mixed-use program that celebrates the unique airport heritage, while also re-integrating regional ecological, vehicular, and public transport networks. The master plan brings Belarusian landscape heritage, ecology, and contemporary sustainable living together to create a compact urban district in the urban context of Minsk.

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This Week in Landscape | 25 May 2013

This Week saw the Centenary of the Chelsea Show and numerous great articles and blog posts, we have made a selection for your weekly reading.

Timelapse of Chelsea Best in Show – Trailfinders Australian Garden

9/11 Memorial: The Other Half | Saundra Marcel | Design Bureau
An interview with Peter Walker about the 9/11 Memorial and the remaining section of the plaza that needs to be built after the underground museum and train station are finished.

“Born to Rewild” with Landscape Designer Margie Ruddick | Diana Budds | Dwell On Design
Dwell on Design interview Margie Ruddick, this year’s winner of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture.

New Strategies for funding the Public Realm | Jon Trementozzi | Sasaki Associates
there is often a deep chasm between the vision and implementation of projects intended to enhance the public realm. The reality is that many designs for these spaces and places never see the light of day. Overwhelmingly, the difference between a paper plan and a built project comes down to funding.

RMIT honours landscape architecture pioneer | Infolink
Emeritus Professor James Sinatra will become a Doctor of Design Honoris Causa, in recognition of his role in establishing landscape architecture education in Australia during a long academic career at RMIT.

Landscape architecture should come sooner, not later in design | Michael Biafore | West Virginia Illustrated
“At the residential level, however, landscape architecture is often relegated to the last step in not only the design phase of a home, but also the construction process. Many benefits can be realized in the planning and construction of a home by hiring a landscape architect to work on site design, sometimes even prior to the selection of an architect and/or a home builder.”

Everyone Deserves Good Design | John Cary | Metropolis
“Whether as an architect, landscape architect, or planner, if you remember one thing from my talk today, I hope it’s to take the time to watch and listen to these people, and to learn from them. In that sense, your real design education is just beginning and will never end.”

The Ego and the Architect | Beth Mosenthal | Archinect
“When I think about the people I would consider “leaders” in my office, they don’t just include the people with the highest-ranking title or the most experience. They are the people who send out design inspiration emails, events, and tips to keep us involved and aware.”

VIDEO CREDIT | Flemings Nurseries


2012 In Review | November

In November, we celebrated 5 years of publishing landscape architecture projects, news, competitions, including The National Creative Cluster by Sasaki Associates in Beijing. We also featured ASPECT Studios upgrades for Sydney’s Chinatown and also 15 Knots at Grand-Métis Canada by ATLAS and Forbes Lipschitz.

The National Creative Cluster | Beijing China | Sasaki Associates

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2012 In Review | July

In July we had the opportunity to publish the Dead Sea Development Zone Master Plan in Amman, Jordan by Sasaki Associates, Hunts Point Landing in the Bronx USA by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (which later opened in October) and the interesting installation by Arteologie by Atelier 37.2 in Auvergne France

Dead Sea Development Zone Master Plan in Amman, Jordan

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2012 In Review | April

April saw World Landscape Architecture publish Hackesches Quartier from Topotek1, the beautiful lighting installation ‘Illuminated Landscapes’ by Barry Underwood and the Thu Thiem Master Plan in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam by Sasaki Associates.

Illuminated Landscapes | Barry Underwood

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