Fall 2016

The Fall Physical Planning Practicum will work with Austin Economic Development to develop the commercial district in the Red River Street and Manor Road. The goal is to develop a form-based code system for all Austin commercial district. The City will provide data and material support (e.g printing and physical modelling) for the class. The new code will build upon Austin’s code next and focus on smaller scale commercial district/corridor design: e.g. pedestrian network design, facade standard, streetsacpe design etc. This is a real project and the city of Austin will be our client. Students are expected to interact closely with city officials and might generate some internship, portfolio, job opportunities.

  • The detailed scope: One UT graduate level studio (CRP685D) on Physical Planning will focus on the enhancement of a commercial/mixed-use corridor, with a focus on incremental and/or “tactical urbanist” interventions. They will provide research and analysis on the following major elements:
  1. Streetscape enhancements
  2. Façade standards
  3. Return on investment of street and façade improvements
  4. Building/land use code modifications to reduce burdens on small, local businesses (“lean urbanism”)
  5. Potential features of a “small business district” overlay or zoning category
  6. Ownership strategies for preservation/retention of small business and/or cultural spaces.
  • UT Team will provide the following deliverables: o Final report, including images and graphics files
  1. Data generated through course
  2. Posters describing elements
  3. Presentation of findings
  4. 3D Physical models 
  • Instructor: Dr. Junfeng Jiao TA: Ms. Tatum Lau Room: SUT 3.108 Time: T/Th 2-5pm

1. This studio won 2016 CRP Annual Design Award. 


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