Faculty Research Seed Grant Recipient Launches New Book Exploring Megaregions
- Jul 26, 2022
At The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Community & Regional Planning Professor and Texas Global Faculty Research Seed Grant recipient Ming Zhang specializes in the study of transportation planning at the megaregional scale as the director of the University Transportation Center Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM2).
The term “megaregion” is used to describe a network or cluster of metropolitan areas that share specific ties. The Texas Triangle, which connects Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and the Austin metropolitan areas, is one of eleven megaregions in the United States. CM2 annually publishes papers, presentations and reports—and now, a book—about transportation needs in the nation’s populous megaregions.
A new book titled Megaregions and America's Future co-authored by consortium partners and published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Columbia University Press aims to encapsulate the center’s work by offering a look at the history of the megaregion as a concept as well as a menu of policy options for how to take advantage of it.
Co-authors include Zhang, Robert D. Yaro, professor of practice emeritus in city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania and Frederick R. Steiner, dean and Paley Professor of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and the former dean of the UT School of Architecture.
Supported by a six-year grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation in December 2016, the CM2 consortium includes partners at UT Austin, Louisiana State University, Texas Southern University and the University of Pennsylvania.