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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Southern Downtown/ CBD Public Realm Plan

Downtown Houston is increasingly a stage for a diverse range of urban activities at all times of the day, rather than simply a destination for working commuters. With the expansion of the public transit system, people from surrounding neighborhoods will have improved access to Downtown jobs, retail, entertainment, and recreational amenities. Substantial amounts of new residential development in Downtown Houston – catalyzed by the Downtown Living Initiative – will create a growing need for amenities that have not typically been provided in the area. However, from on the ground observations and conversations with stakeholders, it is equally clear that the...
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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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Okura Act City

Okura Act City, Hamamatsu, Japan*… Okura Act City, an ambitious project conceived as a model urban development for the 21st century where music and culture can flourish side by side with industry and technology, opened October 2004. Jointly developed by local government authorities and private investors, the 4.3-hectare complex includes a high-rise office and hotel tower, a five-story civic center with two state-of-the-art concert/convention halls, an exhibition/event space and a musical instrument museum. Keiji Asakura and Marjaneh Afkhami participated in the master planning and landscape design for the outdoor spaces, plazas and public amenities of the development. View project sheet here * Previous firm experience...
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Five Corners District Environmental Design Master Plan

This Environmental Design Master Plan presents strategies and recommendations to help the Five Corners District strengthen its identity as a beautiful, safe and attractive place to live, shop, work and invest in. The plan has been developed with the support of community members, business owners and other stakeholders, with the goal of envisioning how the district can best create an environment that builds on the district’s assets as well as anticipates, guides and encourages this future development. The plan includes concepts for new development, mobility, parks and open space, landscaping, and branding. Through engagement efforts, including community meetings, stakeholder workshops, and business surveys, a set...
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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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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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