Sustainable Japanese Garden Design in Public Space: Transforming the Relationship With Nature

The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) will invite two principal speakers from architecture and landscape engineering design firms to speak at the Zilker Botanical Garden Center Auditorium  on Saturday, March 26th, 2016.

Evan Taniguchi will talk about his grandfather, Isamu Taniguchi, who built the Taniguchi Japanese Garden, and show a video.  
 
Keiji Asakura will talk about  the Japanese garden and its relevance in our American culture in the past, present and future - how it had helped shaped our landscape and horticulture in the past, how the idea is informing and shaping our design of public spaces today, and how it may transform our relationship with nature into a more sustainable path.
 
After the presentations, Evan will lead the participants out to the Taniguchi Garden to enjoy the plum, peach and cherry blossoms and the other plants there.
 
About Speakers:
 
Evan Taniguchi
is a Principal of Taniguchi Architects, which he established in 1978 together with his father, Alan Y. Taniguchi, FAIA, former Dean of the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Evan took over operation of the firm in 1984, and full control in 1998 upon Alan’s death, and has maintained full control ever since.
 
Taniguchi Architects does not specialize in a particular building type, but is well respected for their overall commonsense design, collaborative approach, and very high success rate of delivering their projects on time and within budget, while focusing on sustainable, environmentally-friendly architecture. Some of their most notable projects include the US Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana, the Palmer Events Center for the City of Austin, and the Norman Hackerman Building at UT -ustin, all of which were recognized with various design awards.
 
From an urban design standpoint, Taniguchi Architects has a keen and unique understanding of the City of Austin and its issues; Evan Taniguchi grew up here, currently serves as Chair of the City’s Design Commission, and recently spent 2½ years as Chair of the Land Use and Transportation Working Group of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan Task Force. In addition, the firm has served on teams for the major master plans for the city, most notably the Mueller Redevelopment Plan, the Downtown Plan, the Strategic Mobility Plan, and the Airport Corridor Plan.
 
Taniguchi Architects was recently recognized with the AIA/Austin Firm Achievement Award, the highest honor the Chapter bestows upon its members.
 
 
is a Principal Desiger at  Asakura Robinson in Houston.  From as early as high school, Keiji’s passion for community and urban design began to take root. His time spent working after school at a plant nursery in Southern California sowed the seeds for what has become a 35-plus year career as a landscape architect, planner, and urban designer. Keiji is a passionate advocate for healthy, connected, sustainable communities whose impact can be seen throughout Texas and beyond.
 
As the founder of Asakura Robinson Company, with offices in both Houston and Austin, Keiji has had the unique opportunity to work with some of the city’s most influential leaders and government officials. His efforts to create a more beautiful and livable city are evidenced by his receipt of numerous awards, including the Mayor’s Proud Partner/Keep Houston Beautiful Award for Distinguished Service. At the national level, Keiji is well-respected in the landscape architecture sphere and is the recipient of the President’s Call to Service Award and ASLA’s Distinguished Member Award. Most recently, Keiji received one of the highest honors bestowed upon landscape architecture professionals when he was inducted into the ASLA Council of Fellows.
 
As a Japanese-born American, Keiji is particularly interested in community design and revitalization efforts in his native country of Japan. In 1991, Keiji was instrumental in creating a successful revitalization plan for the remote island city of Kochi, which was suffering from environmental and economic decline. Since then, Keiji has assisted other communities in Japan and the Philippines, and now has a firm office in Tokyo. He and his team at Asakura Robinson are eager to continue discussions aimed at shaping more sustainable models for urban development in Japan.
 
From as early as high school, Keiji Asakura’s passion for community and  urban design began to take root. His time spent working after school at a  plant nursery in Southern California sowed the seeds for what has since  become a 35-plus year career as a landscape architect, planner, and  urban designer. Keiji is a passionate advocate for healthy, connected, sustainable communities whose impact can be seen throughout Texas and beyond.
 
 

The event is open to the publc and free.
 
We'd love to see all of you!
 
 

 

March 26th, 2016 1:30 PM
Zilker Botanical Garden Center, Greene Room
2220 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78746
United States
Phone: 512-656-4731
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