Transition Houston Meeting: Houston Landscape of Nature

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Houston Landscape of Nature

We hope you'll join us for our upcoming Transition Houston meeting! Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm at the Haven’s Center, 1827 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098.

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.

Keiji AsakuraAbout 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.

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Join Us for a Repair Cafe! Recycle/Reuse/Repair Your Stuff!

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Repair Cafe logo

A Repair Cafe celebrates fixing through a fun, collaborative, hands-on, fix-n-learn, community event. People bring us their broken items for assessment, disassembly and repair. Bring your toolkit and join us to have fun and learn while helping others troubleshoot and fix their broken stuff! Volunteers assesstake apart, and hopefully -- REPAIR.

Transition Houston is partnering with TX/RX LabsHouston Public Libraries, the City of Houston Green Building Resource CenterHouston Complete CommunitiesCitizens' Environmental CoalitionTexas Campaign for the Environment, KW Solar, Repurpose Depot, and the Houston Peace and Justice Center in this effort!

Do you have an item in need of repair?

We invite you to bring in a broken item and meet local people who have offered to share their skills to help you make repairs. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table, by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.

Acceptable Items to Bring - One item per person please
Clothing, Small Appliances, and Tools and Knives for Sharpening

Can you volunteer to help with repair or the event?

Calling all handywomen, handymen, handy kids, handy teens and families, tinkerers, and sewers! Volunteer to have fun and learn through helping others troubleshoot and fix their broken stuff. Volunteers are also needed on the day of the event as guides and to assist with general coordination.

Sign Up to Participate!

Online at:
use the QR code, or contact Steve Stelzer at 832.394.9050.

Share your ideas -- Give your stuff a longer life -- Fixing is good -- Make it a way of life!

Please share this event with your groups and friends and help us build a sustainable future! 

Why a Repair Cafe?

Our society revolves around consumption. Personal consumption of durable goods add up to 8% of GDP, and non-durable goods add up to 15%, totaling about $4 trillion dollars annually in the USA! The more we buy, the more we throw away, often during the first year! And... most people no longer know how to repair things. For more information, visit

The Fixer’s Manifesto

  • If it’s broken, fix it!
  • Give your stuff a longer life
  • Enjoy hands-on, fix-n-learn, community based discovery
  • Nurture curiosity, share ideas and skills
  • Fixing is good for us and good for the planet
  • Disposability is a choice
  • Make fixing a way of life!

House Rules & Guidelines

Please take a moment to read the house rules outlining repair cafe and safety guidelines. Participation in the event requires all attendees to agree and abide by these rules. In general,

  • Local volunteers with a range of skills are available to give you ideas, suggestions or a helping hand if needed with a repair.
  • Visitors carry out the repairs themselves whenever possible, but repair experts are on site and can help as needed.
  • Please bring one broken or non-working item per person.*
  • Carry-in items only (No stoves, refrigerators, or other large items)
  • Volunteers offer no guarantee of items being repaired made by them or with their assistance, and are not liable if objects repaired do not work properly at home.
  • Volunteers are not obliged to reassemble disassembled appliances that cannot be repaired.
  • If you need replacement parts, such as plugs, fuses etc. you may need to pay for these or pop out and buy them from a local shop.
  • Visitors to Repair Café are solely responsible for the removal of broken objects that could not be repaired.
  • A voluntary donation for workshop tools and repair materials is greatly appreciated.

Disclaimer - Please know you bring your items to be repaired at your own risk. Because repairs are made by unpaid volunteers there may be risks. Neither the facilitators of Repair Cafés nor the repair volunteers are liable for any loss or damage that may result from advice or instructions, for the loss of items handed over for repair, for indirect or consequential loss, or for any other kind of loss resulting from repairs made by Repair Café.

Our Sponsors


Repair Cafe Sponsors

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Welcome to Transition Houston!

Permablitz collage of activities and images

Transition Houston is an optimistic and energetic response to the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil at the local level. The Transition Movement supports the transition from oil dependency to local resilience by equipping communities with creative adaptations in areas such as food, energy, health, education, spirit and economy to generate a road map towards sustainable living.

Transition Houston serves to build on the wisdom of the existing resources in Houston’s diverse community to inspire, network and train localized communities to consider and adapt Rob Hopkins’ transition model. Together we can unite pools of ingenuity and skills to unleash the collective genius of our own people in finding self-determined solutions.

 Transition takes action by:

  • Raising awareness of peak oil and climate change and related issues.
  • Building resilience across a wide range of areas and scales, and doing all we can to ensure general environmental resilience.
  • Providing access to good information in ways which are playful, articulate, accessible and engaging, and which will enable people to feel enthused and empowered rather than powerless.
  • Empowering communities with tools to relocalize its resources and reskill its members.

Transition Houston meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Please check the calendar for the location of the meeting.

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Get Your Garden ON! Join Transition Houston for a Permablitz

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 8:30am - 1:00pm

Come together with like minded people to learn how to learn about permaculture, live more sustainably and help build community! We have a beautiful palette in the Heights to work with and there are several projects to work on including:

  • Planting / seeding a garden
  • Adding a spiral garden bed
  • and more!

And you could be next! After participating in 3, you become eligible!

Bring yourself, gardening tools (shovels, gloves, etc.) and a friend! Morning refreshments will be provided and we’ll have a potluck lunch. Please bring something to share! We hope to see you there!

PLEASE RSVP Online At: or by sending email to to receive address details!!!!!

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Spiral Garden

Transition Houston Meeting: Cohousing - Creating Intentional Community / Learn About Houston's First Official Cohousing Project

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Join us for our final meeting of the year!

Socializing starts at 6:30pm and the meeting begins at 7:00pm at the Haven’s Center, 1827 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098.

Are you interested in the concept of building a cohousing community in Houston, one of the most wonderfully diverse and dynamic cities in the country? Cohousing Houston will be presenting their initiative to develop the first ever cohousing community in Houston.

What is Cohousing?

Cohousing communities are intentional, collaborative neighborhoods created with a little ingenuity. They bring together the value of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living. That means residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighborhoods, and share common facilities and good connections with neighbors. All in all, they stand as innovative and sustainable answers to today’s environmental and social problems.

We hope to see you there!

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Holiday POTLUCK at Japhet Creek!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Exciting things are happening at Japhet Creek and the Transition Houston holiday potluck which will be both a social and informative event!

We'll enjoy a potluck dinner, so bring yourselves and your favorite food to share!

We'll take a tour and enjoy the benefits of our recent permablitz at Japhet Creek. We recently installed a cistern. Previous efforts of Transitioners included grading the walkway, installing solar lighting, performing cleanup, and planting a garden directly outside the classroom facility.

We'll meet at the classroom and find out about other exciting plans for the community.

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Gonzales Garden Fall 2015

It's our favorite time of year to begin planning and planting our fall garden. This fall we're planting

  • Bok Choy
  • Chard
  • Cabbages - Chinese cabbage and round head cabbage
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Dill

Garden Gonzales 2014

We were so fortunate, thanks to my brother Charlie, Mark Juedeman and all the other GREAT folks, to get involved with Transition Houston in 2009. At the first meeting, a drawing was held and the lucky winner would host the first Permablitz in Houston. Charles won, but at the time, could not take on the project. So... he went in search of another to host it. After checking with his church and I then offered the option to the University of Houston Downtown who was just starting up a community garden, alas, neither were able to host.

Long and short, we decided to start our first garden and get involved with the Transition movement.