Category Archives: Adventures in Placemaking Newsletter

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...

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...