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Sustainable urban forms transformation for Austin, Texas

The effect of the planning on sustainable urban form transformation for Austin Metropolitan area: moving from theoretical modeling to operationalization 


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The overall goal of this research is to deliver an empirical study to test how useful the theoretical model built by the CONCUR project is for explaining the contribution of planning to the urban form transformation of Austin Metropolitan Statistical (AMS) area (Texas, USA). The central hypothesis is that the spatial planning and policies of the AMS area are one of the important factors changing the urban form and the theoretical model built by the CONCUR project is useful to explain the change. This study is an important step to evaluate the applicability of the CONCUR model in American planning culture. 


Aim 1 To quantify the historical urban form transformations of AMS and operationalize the CLUMondo, which has been adopted in the CONCUR project to explore the driving mechanism of the urban form transformations.

Aim 2 To incorporate the plan operationalization method and tools from the CONCUR as one of the CLUMondo input, to test the central hypothesis and the application of the operationalization tools. 

Aim 3 To further test universality and usefulness of CONCUR framework and tools in identifying the mechanism of planning driving urban form transformation in Chinese planning culture, by cases on severe urban transformation, and intense planning intervention, respectively.


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Project duration

2018 - 2021

Project lead

Chunhong Zhao