center for metropolitan density
C f M D
Beginning operation spring 2011
Michael Buckley, FAIA - Director
Taner R. Özdil, Ph.D., ASLA - Associate Director for Research
The Center for Metropolitan Density builds on two initiatives already engaged by the University of Texas at Arlington: the School of Architecture’s involvement with Vision North Texas (in collaboration with the Urban Land Institute and the North Central Texas Council of Governments) and the Certificate in Property Repositioning and Turnaround Strategies, both of which address the challenges of sustainable development in the 21st century.
With the population of North Texas projected to double to 12 million by 2050, the challenge for Metroplex leaders will be to preserve a quality of life and a competitive business environment while engaging in sustainable development. The current trend of urban and suburban sprawl is not sustainable, and yet the benefits and challenges of metropolitan density have not been well-debated or well-defined.
The Center for Metropolitan Density addresses the key issues in sustainability by engaging the community in research, education, and consulting. Because no such research center exists in Texas or within any other university system, The Center for Metropolitan Density will have an immediate impact. Establishing The Center in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth region, at the only school of architecture in North Texas, means the entire Metroplex can participate in and benefit from The Center’s work. Since the sprawl in this region is representative of forces acting across the globe, the knowledge gained locally can be exported worldwide.