New Orleans, Louisiana
Asakura Robinson’s New Orleans office represents an expansion of our commitment to the Gulf Coast, a reflection of our many roots throughout Louisiana, and an admiration for this culturally vibrant, civically engaged, and irreplaceable city. We bring a deep respect for the New Orleans region’s commitment to resilience, diversity, and inclusive growth. Our design perspective strongly complements these priorities: we focus on community-driven planning, sustainable landscapes, and overlapping strategies that include plans, policies, programs, and people.
Led by principal Alexandra Miller, who also leads our economic and community development sectors, our New Orleans office offers full urban planning, design, and landscape architecture services. Asakura Robinson is a Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development DBE Certified firm and founding principal Margaret Robinson is a registered landscape architect in the State of Louisiana, an LSU graduate, and member of the Robert S. Reich School of Landscape Architecture Alumni Advisory Board. Asakura Robinson was also an LSU 100 fastest growing Tiger businesses in 2014 and 2015.
New Orleans Office Representative Projects
New Orleans Blight Organizing Toolkit
The New Orleans Blight Organizing Toolkit is a resource for community leaders and residents in New Orleans that helps neighborhoods develop smart, effective strategies for reducing the number of blighted properties in their area, in order to improve the quality of life for residents. The toolkit includes physical strategies and worksheets for mapping blight in neighborhoods; research tools to discover property ownership and tax lien issues; real estate market information that explains how property values affect blight and redevelopment in neighborhoods of various market strengths; policy information on the tools available to neighborhoods and the City in dealing with blighted property; and action planning tools to help neighborhoods develop their own individualized strategies to address blight based on the previous information. The project sheet is available here. *Previous firm experience: Alexandra Miller for Miller Urban Consulting
Livable Claiborne Communities
The Livable Claiborne Communities Study is a HUD/DOT funded study that provides recommendations for community revitalization and infrastructure improvements within the urban core of New Orleans along Claiborne Avenue – an area that encompasses many historic African-American neighborhoods and that houses many of New Orleans’ culture-bearers, musicians, artists, and long-term African-American residents. It’s also one of the most rapidly changing areas in New Orleans as the urban core becomes more attractive to professionals moving into the city from out of town. Alexandra Miller addressed issues of affordable housing, economic development, and cultural economics, and to highlight the role of culture in supporting the broader economy of New Orleans. *Previous firm experience: Alexandra Miller for Miller Urban Consulting