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Transition Houston Meeting: Houston Landscape of Nature
November 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Houston Landscape of Nature
From Big Thicket to Coastal Marshes and from Post Oak Savannah to Coastal Prairie, we live in one of the most diverse ecological regions. Productive land had brought prosperity to the settlers and laid the foundation for many that followed.
The region has much more capacity and to be able to sustain and to provide higher quality of life, if we must respect and understand our landscape of nature. We can protect habitats and enrich the balance of native vegetation and wildlife, we can be more resilient in uncertain future of Global Warming and Climate Change and we can be better prepared to provide food security and for better air and water quality.
About Our Speaker
Keiji Asakura holds over 40 years of experience in urban horticulture, and practices urban design, landscape architecture, and community planning throughout the US and internationally. In his highly regarded practice, he has master planned and designed beautiful and functional spaces in a variety of settings, from park and recreation destinations to streetscapes, educational facilities, and affordable housing. Keiji believes ecological health of community is based on performance value of landscape and provides a holistic and context-sensitive approach that considers both the aesthetics and function of a plan or design, allowing for opportunities for enhanced mobility, connectivity, community health, and social interaction, while respecting the historic and cultural heritage of a site.
Keiji is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Council of Fellows and is the recipient of numerous high honors including the ASLA Distinguished Member Award, the President’s Call for Service Award, and the City of Houston Mayor’s Proud Partner Award for Distinguished Service. Keiji was a founding principal of SLA Studio Land Inc. in Houston, California, and Tokyo before opening Asakura Robinson in 2004.
Keiji was born in Japan, and at age 15, he left Japan and moved to Southern California before coming to Houston in 1982. He grew up with a very strong sense of this other country where landscape of nature is the basic belief of the society. In the US, the idea has enabled him to see things from a different perspective to that of many of his American peers.