AR kicks off Westchase District Livable Centers Study

This May, Asakura Robinson kicked off the Westchase District Livable Centers study through the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC). The Westchase District is one of the region’s most prominent employment centers and is the sixth Livable Centers project awarded to Asakura Robinson. The project is a 10-month process focused on establishing...

Streets for People

Within East Downtown (EaDo), Houston, TX is a burgeoning arts and residential district evolving from a post-industrial network of warehouses, factories, and railyards. There is a distinct lack of green space in EaDo, and creating green space is a challenge as most land is privately owned. Studies have shown access...

Asakura Robinson awarded first place in the Rice Design Alliance reAGENTS Charrette

Asakura Robinson was awarded first place in the 2017 Rice Design Alliance rdAGENTS Charrette competition. This year, teams were challenged to create a “paradigm shift” in East Downtown’s (EaDO) underutilized streets, while building upon tenants of the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s successful Livable Centers program. The competition, titled “X-Change: EaDo Crossroads”...

Asakura Robinson is awarded Plan Downtown

Asakura Robinson, along with our team, is pleased to announce we have been selected to develop Plan Downtown, a new 20 year vision for Downtown Houston. We will be working with the Downtown District, Central Houston, Downtown Redevelopment Authority / TIRZ No.3, Houston First Corporation, Theater District Houston, Buffalo Bayou...

Asakura Robinson begins work on Westbury Community Garden

Asakura Robinson is thrilled to have recently kicked off a master planning effort for the Westbury Community Garden and its surrounding 7-acre site in southwest Houston. The site also includes a urban farm run by Plant It Forward Farms, a prairie restoration assisted by the Native Prairies Association of Texas, a...

Asakura Robinson is Awarded St. Louis Land Bank Assessment Project

Our planning studio will be working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and St. Louis officials over the next year to make recommendations on how to enhance the operations of the Land Reutilization Authority (LRA) in St. Louis. Founded in 1971, the LRA is the oldest land bank in...

Asakura Robinson Awarded HousingNOLA Implementation Study

Asakura Robinson has begun work with the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) to move several of the short-term priorities of the HousingNOLA plan toward implementation. HousingNOLA is a community-led plan to address the housing needs of New Orleans over the next ten years; Principal Alexandra Miller acted as an advisor to...

Asakura Robinson awarded Landa Park & Arboretum Master Plan

The Landa Park & Arboretum Master Plan is an 8-month community visioning process in New Braunfels, TX, for one of the state’s oldest and most beloved city parks. Situated close to downtown New Braunfels and on the Comal River,  Landa Park & Arboretum combines an impressive array of features from...

Asakura Robinson awarded the Kashmere Gardens Livable Center Plan

Asakura Robinson, along with our team, has been awarded the Kashmere Gardens Livable Center Plan through the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Livable Centers are walkable, mixed-use places that provide multimodal transportation options, improve environmental quality and promote economic development. H-GAC receives funding from local sponsors for a Livable Centers Program to work on...

AR Houston visits Treesearch Farms

During the mildly warm month of May, the Asakura Robinson Houston office made a field trip to Tree Search Farms in northwest Houston.  This was something the whole office was excited about for several reasons: most of us specify plant material every day but seldom do we actually visit the...

Introducing MyCreekATX

Each year, as a part of Asakura Robinson’s internship program, summer interns are encouraged to take on a research project during their time with the firm. As part of my work this summer, I’m organizing a hackathon to build out a website I’ve been working on since March. Back in...

Heritage Museum explores Texas past, plans for the future

This month, Asakura Robinson’s Austin office wraps up work on a Master Plan for the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country in Canyon Lake, Texas. The Heritage Museum was established in 1995 and in 2002 acquired a property containing 350 Cretaceous Period dinosaur tracks preserved in limestone on the...

Houston Bike Plan in full gear

It’s been over 20 years since the City of Houston last went through a comprehensive bike planning effort. We’re excited to be working with Traffic Engineers, Inc., and Morris Architects on the new Houston Bike Plan, and from what we’ve seen so far, Houstonians are excited too. Saturday, May 30th,...

Houston’s first ‘woonerf’ streetscape opens in Energy Corridor

With construction recently completed on enhancements to Fortsmith Street in Houston’s Energy Corridor, people in the area have added a new word to their vocabulary. The new word on the street is the Dutch term “woonerf,” pronounced voo-nerf, which is used to describe a type of “complete” or shared street...

Sunday Streets relaunches, adds events for fall

After helping to launch Sunday Streets HTX in 2014, Asakura Robinson was proud to recently be involved in the relaunch of the popular monthly event now called Cigna Sunday Streets after the City of Houston insurance provider, Cigna, became the lead sponsor of the event. In less than 18 months,...

Reflections on Brazil: A memoir by Genevieve Buentello

My lifelong desire to travel to Brazil was something that constantly pulled at my heart strings.  I first became interested in going when I was a child, while living in south Texas. Via old maps and encyclopedias, I became fascinated with Brazil’s people, flora and fauna. I finally mustered up...

Welcome our Summer Interns

Each year, we receive more than 100 incredible applications for our summer internship program. This year, we selected two amazing planners, one who will be joining us in our Houston office and one who will be joining us in Austin. In addition to working closely with us on a number...

Welcome Genevieve and Brendan!

We are pleased to welcome two new Associates to our Texas offices. Genevieve Buentello is a landscape architect and will be joining our Houston office and Brendan Wittstruck is an urban designers and will be joining us in Austin. A Laredo native, Genevieve spent much of her life in the...

Postcards from Tokyo: Public Health and the Built Environment

As can be seen by our work with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, we’ve long been proponents of linking the built environment and healthy communities. As Tokyo is one of the closest cities in the world to being “post-automotive” (more on that later), it’s really interesting to...

Postcards from Tokyo: Introducing our Office

Several times a year, Keiji, Akiko and I visit our Tokyo office to catch up on projects, develop business contacts and deliver lectures to community groups and universities on social design and planning. This year, I thought it would be fun to write a short series of blog posts about our...

Practicing Environmentalism

It’s rare today to hear of design or planning firms use the word environmentalism to describe their work. We’re more accustomed to emphasizing sustainability and resiliency– words which are stamped with environmental consequence if not very precise in their meanings. To their credit, these words point to the increasing importance...

Restoration Project Helps Usher in New Era at Menil Collection

Asakura Robinson recently wrapped up work restoring the water feature and entry plaza integral to the Menil Collection’s Byzantine Fresco Chapel, helping it prepare for a new series of art installations at the landmark building. The project built on Asakura Robinson’s experience restoring the Barnett Newman reflecting pool at the...

Planning Team Presents 5W/BB/EE Livable Centers Recommendations

On Tuesday, January 27th, just over 100 community members joined us for the Fifth Ward / Buffalo Bayou / East End Livable Centers public meeting. Our planning team presented the conceptual plan for the final recommendations, which is organized into six action-oriented themes: House, Eat, Create, Play, Connect, and Build....

HCC West Houston Institute Design Offers Attractive Solutions and Link to Nature

Located in the Westchase District on Westheimer Road, Houston Community College’s West Houston Institute will offer classrooms and labs, industrial makerspace, and public conference room facilities when construction is complete in fall of 2016. As the project’s landscape architect, Asakura Robinson has conceptualized an attractive space that also meets the...

Sawyer Street Gets ‘Complete Streets’ Redesign

We’re happy to announce that we’re on the verge of wrapping up our Sawyer Street Complete Streets Vision. When the Old Sixth Ward TIRZ approached us to develop a new streetscape for Sawyer Street, we realized that this would be a unique opportunity to build on our Washington Avenue Livable...

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