Category Archives: Hayley’s Ramblings

Hayley’s Ramblings

マンデルパーク: 成長していくコミュニティの資産

思慮深い、結束した市民こそこの世の中を変えられる、実にそれしかない。 – Margaret Mead ヒューストンのミュージアム地区、リッチモンド通りとマンデル通りの角地に立つ1.22エーカーのオアシスは少人数ながら熱心な地域住民の長年の夢をかなえてくれた。その夢とは教受したり、情報を交換したりして、魅力ある隣人同士の絆となる有機栽培の菜園を作ることであった。それは20年間の歳月を経てかなうこととなった。...

Play-doh Pranx

We certainly have fun on Fridays… Here’s the latest Creative Exercise. What a good-looking bunch!...

Creative Drawing Exercise

No, it’s not an undiscovered Shel Silverstein or Roald Dahl illustration, it’s not cubist Picasso and it’s definitely not the latest Sunday comics–although it was pretty hilarious at the time. Asakura Robinson Houston staff spent Friday lunch time practicing a simple creative exercise where you draw the person sitting across from you...

Keiji Receives ASLA’s Coveted Fellow Designation

Congratulations to our friend, mentor and inspiring leader, Keiji Asakura! After 37 years in the industry, Keiji has been honored with the title of Fellow in the Service Category by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Anyone who has known him for many years can reflect that Keiji has...

マーガレット・ロビンソン、「低影響開発のデザイン」について講演

今年の7月、当社のプリンシパル、マーガレットはテキサス州フォートワースにて行われた第16回EPA 第6地区雨水管理会議に出席した。この会議では公共の雨水管理の様々な問題点、そして最新の雨水管理規制や規則について討論がなされた。 そこでマーガレットは、「低影響開発によるデザイン」について発表した。低影響開発についての説明、引き続きこれまでの当社の手がけた開発事業を紹介。事例としてヒューストンの最近落成したマンデルパークのバイオスウェールを図例を用いて説明。雨水管理から見たその価値と視覚的なアピールを訴えた。...

アサクラケイジ・ASLAの名誉会員に

37年間に及ぶ貢献の末、我が社の代表であるアサクラケイジがアメリカランドスケープアーキテクト協会から奉仕分門において名誉会員に選ばれた。 ケイジを長年知る人であれば誰でも、彼が強い信念と哲学の下で活動してきたことが分かる。自身の時間のみならず、アイデアにおいても、その寛大さで知られている。単に締め切りや予算に縛られることなく、もっと深くサービスを提供することを信念とし、彼の哲学は自分より先に、他人に奉仕するモットーから発している。ケイジの絶え間ない努力、時間と見解が、多岐にわたるコミュニテイ、例えば長い間不利な立場にあるヒスパニック、アジア、アフリカンアメリカンコミュニテイから、過疎の危機に立たされている日本の小さな農村や大都市の公共空間に至るまで影響を及ぼしている。 ケイジはコミュニテイ、市民グループのリーダーや変革の力をもつ指導者に影響力を与えている。長年にわたり、彼は非営利団体やボランティアの人々の草の根活動のレールを敷いてきた。彼の持つ知恵により、他人にはマイナスとしかみえないものが彼にとっては変革のチャンスとして受け止める。他人はただ話して終わりのことも、彼は実行に移すことが出来る。彼はどのコミュニテイにおいても支援者を探し出し、説得し、結果物に対する長期的な所有感、責任感を持たせる。 これまでのケイジの手がけたプロジェクト、活動や数々の賞、教育活動、その長いリストを見れば、誰もがなぜ彼が多くの推薦者の中からノミネートされたかが容易に分かるかと思う。しかし、もしあなたが彼を知り、一緒に肩を並べて働いてみれば、もっとはっきりと、彼のこのような名誉な地位を受ける理由が分かるであろう。...

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...

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,...

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...

Join Our Team–If You Dare!

Asakura Robinson’s Houston office is looking to hire a mid- to senior-level landscape architect with 3-10 years of experience. A bachelor’s in architecture or landscape architecture, along with project management experience, and a keen sense of fun are a must. For full details see application requirements here. WE DON’T JUST...

ARC Sponsors Students at Gulf Coast Green

Asakura Robinson is proud to support the eighth Gulf Coast Green Symposium as a Scholarship Sponsor. The sponsorship, which allows five students and one teacher to attend the event, is a great fit for AR as we strive to be a hub of education for our staff, promoting open discussion, sharing resources, organizing...

Welcome, ARC’s newest staff member, Eric!

Eric Leshinsky is an urban designer, planner and educator who has worked on a broad range projects at the intersections of architecture, planning, art and advocacy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University in Political Science-Economics, a Masters in Architecture Degree from Rice University and is the recipient of...

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TX ASLA Silent Auction Benefits LA Students

The total for this year’s Texas ASLA Silent Auction proceeds was over $2,700; it all goes for scholarships to Landscape Architecture students! Items included Keiji’s Tofukuji Garden woodblock print: Tofuku-Ji Temple is located in Kyoto at the foot of the eastern mountains.  The garden was designed in1939 by Mirei Shigemori and is noted for its modernist influences and dynamic qualities. This...

Graphic Design Keeps ARC Busy

In addition to Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Planning on many levels, and Community Engagement, ARC also has a flair for Graphic Design. Two new projects feature graphic design elements… Five Corners Improvement District: As part of the Environmental & Urban Design Master Plan for Five Corners Improvement District, Asakura Robinson...

Keep Houston Beautiful Day

ARC principal, and Clean Houston Commissioner, Margaret Robinson, helped organize events and activities for Keep Houston Beautiful Day on Saturday, April 4th. Mayor Parker joined hundreds of Houstonians in the clean-up, tree planting and beautification activities throughout the day at various locations. See this KHB webpage for a list of...

The Cultural Landscape Foundation Hosts the Weber Estate Tour

Over the weekend, Keiji was featured as one of three designers in The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Garden Dialogue tours in Houston.  Keiji and Client, David Weber, toured with over 30 participants through the 20 acre Japanese Garden at the Weber Estate in Magnolia, Texas.  The gardens are immaculately maintained and...

ARC Walks for the Woods

On Saturday, April 4th, Team Asakura Robinson will join hundreds of Houstonians  for the second year as they support Walk for the Woods, an event hosted by the Woods Project. The organization’s mission is as follows: We prepare students for college and beyond by developing life and leadership skills through wilderness exploration. Our...

Garden Dialogues: Houston

On March 23, get exclusive access to the private gardens of the Weber Estate in Magnolia, near Houston and hear directly from the designer, Keiji Asakura, and clients, the Webers, about their collaborative process. How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for...

Say Hello to our Little Friends!

Welcome, William, Walter, Warren, Wayne, Wendy, Whitney, Wilson, Woody and their 500+ red wiggler friends… In lieu of our stinky, leaky compost bin we have invested in a new vermicomposter (the old one broke when we moved offices and found a new home on my patio). Enter, the Worm Factory®....

Watch This Space…

The recently demolished Houston Main Building, owned by MD Anderson, will soon become a simply designed green space after debris is cleared around August. The unnamed park, designed by Keiji Asakura, features native rain gardens and meadows in contrast with the dense urban surroundings.  The green space will remain in...

Keiji wins Outstanding Professional Award!

CONGRATULATIONS! The Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce has selected its 22nd Annual Awards winners: Keiji Asakura receives the Outstanding Professional Award! Keiji was presented with his award at this year’s Gala, the theme, “The Spirit of Entrepreneurship.”...

Walk for the Woods

Team Asakura (Keiji and Hayley), joined a huge group of fund-raising walkers to support The Woods Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to develop leadership capacity and life skills in low income youth through a series of outdoor education/environmental awareness programs at wilderness sites in the United States....