2014 Urban Design Tour

  In June, Keiji, Zakcq and Akiko traveled to Japan to visit our office in Tokyo. While there, they had the opportunity to lecture at two universities, the University of Tsukuba and Kobe University, on our approach to public engagement and our recent work with communities in Texas and Utah. We also had the opportunity to visit with Studio-L, a great, like-minded social design practice based in Osaka. Studio-L invited a number of community members, elected officials, students and designers to join us at their office. Sitting down with several of their staff members, including their founder Ryo Yamazaki, we...
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Designing with LID

  In July, Margaret attended the 16th annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The conference addressed and discussed the various issues and challenges of managing municipal stormwater, as well as new and upcoming rules and regulations. Margaret participated in the Low Impact Development (LID) panel where she spoke on “Designing with LID.” Her presentation addressed her experience with introducing LID and the concept behind it to clients. Using images from her work on Houston’s Mandell Park and a diagram on bioswales, Margaret explained how LID can be presented to clients in a valuable and appealing way....
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Bienvenidos, Roberto!

  Roberto Marin Lidon, an architect from Murcia, Spain, joins AR as a designer. His professional experience has provided him a background between architecture and landscape fields. His recent experience includes working in architectural and landscape offices, public institutions, and freelance for private clients. In Madrid he worked for Citerea, a well-known historic and contemporary landscape office. He has participated in urban plans and public space developments through competitions promoted by several city councils in Spain and Italy, resulting in four awards over three years. Roberto has also worked on residential projects in all phases from the design to construction...
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From Recycling to Repurposing

After months of planning and coordination, Keiji Asakura, Eric Leshinsky and several AR staff members were fully prepared for Keep America Beautiful Day, which focused on “greening” Washington Avenue on the morning of Saturday, July 19th. George Sacaris, metal fabricator, constructed eight steel and wood planters that were bolted together by volunteers from Anheuser Busch and local distributors.   Recycling bins, donated by the City’s Solid Waste Department, were filled with soil and a large variety of colorful plants then set inside the planters.  The rustic planters were then distributed along Washington Avenue to stores that had made a commitment to tend to them. The green...
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Who’s doing the Rice Village Shuffle?

At this year’s RDA design charrette, “Visions for the Village,” the ARC team took a crack at imagining a greener, more pedestrian friendly Rice Village.  This year’s team consisted of Eric Leshinsky and Caitlin Scott, from our Houston office, and Tara Mather and Sarah Almukhtar from our Austin office. The Asakura Robinson team proposed “The Village Shuffle,” a masterplan that introduced a new way of moving through the area and a way of “shuffling” the existing resources in the area to increase cohesiveness.  The net effect was an urban place that is still a magnet for people from all across...
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