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Sasaki Civil Engineering: A Case Study of Interdisciplinary Practice

Here at Sasaki, the word “interdisciplinary” is a part of our everyday vocabulary.

When we say “interdisciplinary design” we are just starting to get at breaking down traditional barriers between architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, interior design, etc.Hideo Sasaki支持这种哲学 - 通过汇集多个观点,我们可以创造更多的整体,凝聚力的设计解决方案。他认为这家公司最好大于其零件的总和。

但我们的跨学科设计方法可以采取各种形式。也许它涉及将多个学科带到一个项目团队中,将不同的练习镜头应用于同一任务或讨论主题。或者也许它与我们办公室的物理环境有关 - 不同背景的人在同一个四墙内互动,通过相互接近度增加了思想的机会冲突。或者也许它与暂时性 - 将学科整合到设计的每个阶段,与另一个接一个地拼接它们的输出。或者,“跨学科”这个词可能不仅可以代表整个,而且还可以代表零件 - 我们的实践中的许多人已经带来了双层或多层背景和专业知识。

To put this into perspective, let’s look at our civil engineering practice and its intersections with other Sasaki disciplines.

What is Civil Engineering?


Because of this breadth, many civil engineers specialize in a subdiscipline, testing and reporting soil properties as a geotechnical engineer, or designing beams and columns as a structural engineer.


We want to solve problems that are complex and diverse in scope — problems that necessarily require the union of multiple perspectives and approaches.

The hallmark of civil engineering at Sasaki is breadth, but it does not come at the expense of depth. Rather, as needed Sasaki civil engineers further collaborate with external engineering partners who bring complementary skill sets and/or local expertise to our projects. We often mediate between these engineering consultants and our internal design teams, interpreting their analyses in meaningful ways that result in better designs.


土木工程,我s heavily intertwined with landscape architecture. Oftentimes, our industry sees the division as landscape architects creating the visual aesthetic of a landscape, and civil engineers hiding the clockwork of infrastructure and functional technology beneath it. While civil engineers do provide a technical rigor and support to site design, at Sasaki we try to think more cohesively about sites as both beautiful and functional, human-centric and eco-centric, where arts and humanity meet science and technology.


On the same site, our civil engineers worked intensively with landscape architects to create a system of stormwater management practices. Where a concrete flume previously exacerbated erosion in a natural spring corridor and intensified pollution to adjacent Lake Bonnet, Sasaki civil engineers proposed rerouting urban runoff through a series of treatment devices and stormwater detention ponds. The dry and wet meadows are both visually stunning and serve the ecological function of treating the polluted runoff and creating micro-habitats for wildlife. By doing so, we re-create natural biological processes within our designs that work with nature rather than against it.

Civil Engineering x Urban Planning


对于亚特兰大的埃默里大学,萨卡基土木工程师负责为校园框架计划制定水可持续性建议。我们探讨了雨水收获到灰色和黑水回收系统的水资源策略。但除了看每栋建筑物的用水仅减少水资源之外,我们鼓励大学思考地区和校园规模的最佳实践。例如,我们严格的分析发现,通过使用冷凝水回收系统,饮用水中的显着潜在节省。(Condensate recovery is the recycling of the byproduct water that HVAC systems use to heat and cool our buildings.)We also reinforced the university’s commitment to thinking about stormwater management from an early stage in every campus building project, and stormwater projects as worthy standalone projects in their own right. At Sasaki, we believeintegrated stormwater design is something that should be celebratedrather than treated as a burden.

Evident from the ways we work with other Sasaki disciplines, our civil engineering group is pretty unique!In addition to landscape architecture and planning, we collaborate on projects ranging from sports fields in Boston to urban design concepts in Beijing.We don’t take a linear approach. We don’t create solutions without questioning the root problem. And we don’t copy and paste our process, disregarding the context and nuance of a project.

我们在Sasaki的土木工程师,我们工作asdesigners to provide creative, technically-rigorous, context-driven solutions.

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