Magnolia Transit Center

The METRO Green Line extension presents an opportunity to re-envision the Magnolia Transit Center as a multi-modal hub improving connectivity between bus, rail and bicycle networks. The key spatial element of the design is a new central plaza that acts as a highly visible, central gathering and connecting space to facilitate the flow of passengers between modes. Pedestrians are guided throughout the facility with key visual connections that incorporate Greater East End Management District branding using stamped concrete patterns. Increased tree coverage along the walkways offer shade and an enhanced experience, and additional space is available for public art and wayfinding signage to assist in the visual ties between train and bus platforms. The additional tree...
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Houston Bike Plan

The City of Houston and its region have made great strides in supporting the growing number of people bicycling, but without some organization and a coordinating framework the efforts risk being disconnected or missing opportunities to complement each other in ways that maximize the return on the investments. 1993 was the last time the City adopted a Comprehensive Bicycle Plan and the City and region have changed significantly in the twenty-three years since. The 2015-2016 Houston Bike Plan is a year-long planning effort developed with the Houston community and many partners. The plan sets out a clear Vision to be...
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Bagby Street Reconstruction

Asakura Robinson Company provided tree preservation, planting and irrigation design, and construction observation services, for the urban streetscape redevelopment along Bagby and Pierce Streets within the Midtown District of Houston, Texas. The street reconstruction project includes substantial improvements to the pedestrian realm by providing a consistent tree canopy, replanting planting areas with drought-tolerant but attractive plantings and replacing disjointed irrigation systems with a comprehensive, low-water irrigation system. Bioswales are designed to capture and filter storm water runoff through biofiltration areas. These areas are planted with drought and flood tolerant plantings that will benefit from the additional stormwater. See project sheet here. Team: Design Workshop, Walter P Moore,...
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Sawyer Street Vision Plan

The Sawyer Street corridor, in the First and Sixth Wards in Houston, connects Memorial Drive and Buffalo Bayou Park with IH-10 and the MKT Hike and Bike Trail. The corridor changes character significantly, including both a historic residential district and a quickly changing industrial area.  The area is notable for its historic urban fabric, which is experiencing rapid change and increasing market pressure due to its proximity to Downtown Houston and the increasingly desirable Market Square area.Following on the recommendations of the Washington Avenue Livable Center Plan, Asakura Robinson, along with Traffic Engineers, Inc., developed a new complete streets plan...
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Almeda Road Reconstruction

Asakura Robinson Company is providing landscape architecture services for the City of Houston’s Almeda Road Reconstruction Project from MacGregor to Old Spanish Trail. The roadway is being designed as a pilot project for Green Road Design with Low Impact Development (LID) features requiring roadside plantings and engineered soil mixes that filter stormwater to meet stormwater quality goals. The general project scope provides for the reconstruction of the existing concrete roadway and grade separations over Brays Bayou at Almeda and S. MacGregor with curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, and underground utilities. The project entails an existing four lanes with wide center median and roadside ditches to be expanded to a proposed six...
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Gillette & Genesee Streets

Street design for Gillette and Genesee Streets in Houston’s Fourth Ward was developed through engagement with stakeholders that identified the importance of enhancing the pedestrian experience, improving access between Buffalo Bayou, and highlighting the area’s history. The final concept is a celebration of the past that serves as an amenity for the existing community. Greenways and linear parks provide access and open space preservation with expanded pedestrian and landscape zones that feature rain gardens, public seating, shade trees, lush planting and water features. The area’s history is celebrated through the preservation of original brick pavers at key locations and incorporating...
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Historic Holman Street Reconstruction

The scope of work involved is a 7,000 foot pedestrian realm along Holman Street. The existing ROW varies from 60’-80’ throughout the project limits. Within the 2008 Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan Holman Street is designated a local street within the street hierarchy system, which is defined as “Less than one mile long; carries little traffic; provides access to homes and local businesses; accommodates on-street parking and pedestrians.” Asakura Robinson Company was engaged to make recommendations to improve and enhance the following features: sidewalks; crosswalks; street trees; pedestrian lighting; curb extensions; bioswales; shared bike lane and Columbia Tap trail; historical markers; bus shelter upgrades and thematic lighting....
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Galveston Strand, Livable Communities Initiative, Phase 1

The Livable Communities Project is an exciting $2.7 million federally funded project in downtown Galveston, Texas. The planned project is to give pedestrians better transportation linkages with improved access to public transportation by Island Transit, for those who visit Galveston recreation destinations and to connect people with jobs, the hospital facility, UTMB and education facilities within the community. This is achieved by repairing, replacing and redesigning sidewalks, ramps and pedestrian crossings, providing directional and educational signage and pedestrian lighting and adding trash cans, benches and other pedestrian amenities, all respecting the historic nature of the Strand area. The Livable Communities Initiative project was administered by The Goodman...
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Genesis Park

Keiji Asakura collaborated with notable sculptor, Jene Highstein, on this sculpture fountain at the entry to a multi-family residential/office development adjacent to Hermann Park. The entry experience incorporates a significant public art piece consisting of a 21-foot tall red granite obelisk surrounded by interactive stepping stones set within a flowing water basin. Keiji and Jene merged roles of artist and landscape architect to create an integrated “artwork/sitework”. Stone finishing was realized in Sibhult, Sweden and installed on site by  the Swedish stone masons of ZaarGranit. View project sheet here...
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FM 1960 “Green Medians”

The Green Medians project consisted of the landscaping and irrigation the newly installed medians by TxDOT along FM 1960. The overall project length was 7.67 miles, from just west of SH 249 to just west of IH 45. This project presented itself as a challenging design opportunity, due to the narrow area of work and harsh roadway environment, but Asakura Robinson successfully devised creative design solutions and plant material selections to surpass the client’s needs and expectations. The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce Green Medians Committee, under the leadership of Barbara Schlattman, raised over $515,000 to install irrigation and landscape...
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Airline Corridor Enhancement Plan

Asakura Robinson is preparing a Pedestrian Enhancement Plan for inclusion in a Preliminary Engineering Report f o r the Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority. The study area is a 1.2 mile corridor of Airline Drive from West Road to Aldine Bender Road, the southern gateway to the Greenspoint District. Pedestrian enhancements include enhanced sidewalks, pedestrian street lighting, signage, planting, irrigation, public art, crosswalks, bus shelters and plazas. Key intersections shall be further enhanced to encourage pedestrian use. Key components of this plan include the work of an area artist group who will contribute their talents to various aspects of the study...
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