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Current Projects

This diagram classifies the current physical, functional, and programmatic condition of I-410. The research team is working to transform this critical infrastructure to accommodate new transportation modes and programs.

Retrofitting Interstate 410

Type:
Urban Research and Design

Principal Investigator:
Ian Caine, Architect, Associate Professor of Architecture

Researchers:
Bill Barker, FAICP, Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning (Co-Principal Investigator); Ivan Ventura, B.S. Arch candidate (Research Assistant)

Status:
In development

Description:
This urban research and design project explores the transformation of 20th-century highways from mono-functional, automobile-focused infrastructures to multi-functional, multi-modal transportation networks. The site is Interstate 410 in San Antonio, Texas, where ubiquitous frontage roads and U-turn lanes offer significant infrastructural redundancies providing the site for a large-scale suburban retrofit project. Preliminary site research reveals that San Antonio’s inner-ring highway network offers the short-term potential to absorb new users, and the long-range potential to transform into a metropolitan connector for new transportation modes and programs. The initial goal is to retrofit selected U-turn lanes and frontage roads, repurposing them from automotive streets to protected bicycle and pedestrian amenities. The longer-term vision is to transform the infrastructure to accommodate new transportation modes and programs.


Comfort residents discuss their community’s future at one of four public visioning sessions.

Comfort Vision 2025

Type:
Urban Design and Planning 

Principal Investigator:
Ian Caine, Architect, Associate Professor of Architecture

Researchers:
Bill Barker, FAICP, Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning (Co-Principal Investigator); William Dupont, FAIA, Professor of Architecture (Co-Principal Investigator); Matthew Jackson, Director, Director of the Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse (Co-Principal Investigator); Corey Sparks, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Demography (Co-Principal Investigator); Thomas Tunstall, M.B.A., Ph.D., Director of Research, Institute of Economic Development (Co-Principal Investigator); Elizabeth Striedel, M.Arch candidate, Research Assistant; Ivan Ventura, B.S. Arch candidate, Research Assistant

Status:
Complete November 2019

Description:
Comfort, Texas is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in western Kendall County that cover 3.24 square miles and in 2016 was home to 3441 residents. Established in 1854 by German immigrants, today Comfort resides at the western edge of the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area and is facing intense growth pressures associated with its position within one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. COMFORT VISION 2025 imagines a future for Comfort, based on community values, that will guide future decision-making and inspire residents towards action.