Mission

The mission of the UTSA Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research (CURPR) is to generate new knowledge of the forms, processes, and impacts of metropolitan and megaregional growth while advancing the creation of more sustainable, inspiring, and equitable cities.

Vision

Our vision is to become a thought leader on the topic of metropolitan and megaregional growth, developing new models for San Antonio and Texas that make a national and international impact.


Values

We prioritize local impact. The Center utilizes San Antonio and the Texas Triangle as a living laboratory, helping local and regional communities confront the grand challenge of metropolitan and megaregional growth. This challenge includes adding 1.1 million people to San Antonio over the next 25 years, and adding 10 million people to the Texas Triangle by mid-century.

We employ a multidisciplinary approach to research and discovery. The Center leverages its position within the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning and the larger University to draw on faculty expertise across multiple disciplines. These collaborations allow us to pursue a wide variety of research methods, while constructing a comprehensive and multidisciplinary view of metropolitan and megaregional growth.

We elevate the role of teaching and learning in everything that we do. The Center provides a pedagogical platform for faculty and students from architecture, urban and regional planning, and departments across the University. The opportunities come in a variety of forms including funded research assistantships, service-learning, independent studies, design studios, and academic seminars.

We maximize the impact of community engagement and service. The Center maximizes its local and regional impact by generating a broad range of activities, from comprehensive plans to public symposiums. We maximize the impact of our work by publishing in a variety of venues, from academic journals to popular press outlets.


Focus

The Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research generate new knowledge of the forms, processes, and impacts of metropolitan and megaregional growth. Our current focus is on the following issues:

Form. Housing Typologies, Vision Plans, Comprehensive Plans, Speculative Urban Design Proposals.
Processes. Transportation, Land Use, Zoning, Annexation.
Impacts. Carbon emissions, Water, Gentrification, Infrastructure Costs.

Location

The Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research resides on UTSA’s Downtown Campus, located in the heart of beautiful and historic San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio—along with Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth—comprises one leg of the Texas Triangle, an exploding megaregion whose population will grow from 15 to 25 million residents in the next four decades. The City of San Antonio, already the seventh-largest city by population in the United States, expects to add 1.1 million residents over the next 25 years, making it one of the fastest growing large cities in the nation. In anticipation of this growth, the City recently implemented a comprehensive and coordinated master plan, sustainability plan, and multi-modal transportation plan; while UTSA has announced plans to add 10,000 new students, two new schools, and two urban institutes to the Downtown Campus in the next ten years.