Sustainable Transportation in the International Context – China Planning Workshop
The funds were used for two purposes. One was to support planning and architecture students participating in a study abroad program in China, which was part of Dr. Ming Zhang’s graduate course in International Transportation Issues, within the Community and Regional Planning program (CRP 381). The other was to support faculty attending conferences. This was the eighth China Planning Workshop organized by the School of Architecture in collaboration with Chinese universities, and this year twelve students from the School of Architecture participated.
This year’s course surveyed transportation problems, planning practice, and policy issues in the international setting with an emphasis on the developing countries, particularly focusing on China. Research themes included:
- Trends in urbanization and motorization;
- Mobility conditions in the developing countries/cities;
- Transportation planning and traffic management;
- Transportation, land use and environment;
- Public transportation; and
- Experience in international cities.
This year the client city was Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province. The city is currently served by a high-speed rail (HSR) operating at a cruise speed of 200+ miles per hour for a distance of 700+ miles traveled in four hours from Shenzhen (cross the border of Hong Kong-mainland China). The main theme for this year's workshop was be Planning and Design for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). We selected a number of stations associated with different types of transit technologies, namely high-speed rail, commuter rail, subway, light rail, and proposed bus rapid transit. We then proposed planning and design schemes for the station complex and station areas. This is the eight year of collaboration between UT Austin and universities in China on education and research of issues related to sustainable development. This year, the collaborating universities and local governments in China provided support to UT students by covering local transportation, most of the meals, and material costs (drafting tools, printing et al).
Snell funds were used to support student travel and accommodations, as well as the editing and publication of a book based on impacts of mass transit on land development in China