February 2021   Houston, TX
Key Points

Asakura Robinson’s design ethos prioritizes the creation of a pedestrian-friendly environment, aligning seamlessly with the evolving urban fabric.


Through its emphasis on sustainability and social responsibility, the project aims to regenerate both the lives of its residents and the surrounding community, offering opportunities for growth, renewal, and connection with nature.


The project embraces inclusivity by providing a supportive environment for unhoused men, offering a wide range of services to aid in their recovery and transition to a fulfilling life.

ReCenter, formerly known as The Men’s Center, served as a testament to compassionate design by Asakura Robinson, seamlessly blending landscape architecture with social welfare initiatives. Dedicated to aiding predominantly homeless men in their journey towards recovery from addiction, ReCenter offered a comprehensive array of services aimed at facilitating their transition to productive, fulfilling lives. Nestled at the bustling intersection of Main St. and Truxillo St. in Houston, ReCenter’s 50,000 SF mixed-use building served as a beacon of hope in the vibrant Midtown neighborhood.

Outdoor amenities played a pivotal role in fostering a sense of community and connection with nature. Terraces, porches, and a verdant vegetated roof provided residents with tranquil spaces for relaxation and contemplation. Notably, the inclusion of gardening areas empowered residents to cultivate their own vegetables, promoting self-sufficiency and a connection to the natural world. ReCenter stood as a testament to the transformative power of design, embodying the principles of inclusivity, sustainability, and social responsibility. Through its holistic approach to landscape architecture, ReCenter offered not just shelter but a pathway to redemption and renewal for those most in need.

Cynthia Ann Parker Elementary School January 2019   Houston, TX