Urban Catalyst: Transit Oriented Development: Atlanta High-Speed Railway Station
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Bibliography: pages 73-75
"Global urbanization, population growth and urgent environmental concerns create infrastructural challenges that cannot be resolved with our current modes of transport. A sustainable alternative to the car/air travel is therefore imperative. Over the last 10 years, metro Atlanta’s traffic congestion has grown from the 15th to the 4th worst in the country. The city of Atlanta simply grew faster than the infrastructure could keep pace. Atlanta’s transportation challenges now are experiencing rapid growth, under-investment, and high demand for future. The region has the top challenge to attracting and retaining companies and high quality jobs that comes with them. Following the major crises, there was a significant shift in the orientation of urban and transport planning. Environmental and energy efficiency became of paramount importance, while overcoming automobile dependence and urban sprawl became key objectives. During the 1990s and 2000s, these goals became universal as new evidence of climate change and the depletion of oil reserves were added to the initial estimates. Within this framework, proposals such as the compact city, topocentric development, transit-oriented development (TOD), smart growth and new urbanism emerged through intensive research on land use and transport interaction. Significant changes are needed in its’ development to ensure a sustainable economic, social and environmental perspective. In this study, we investigated the possibility of introducing the transit-oriented development (TOD) principles to a typical suburban municipality of Atlanta. Adopting TOD model on the high-speed rail (HSR) station in Atlanta urban and transport context will impact and change the future city to city urban lifestyle."
Keywords: TOD principles, high-speed railway station, Atlanta transportation, economic development
CHAIR: Huang, Hsu-Jen
Ngo, Huy Sinh
PDF : 75 pages, illustrations (some color), maps, plans
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