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Planning lab wins student project award

The studio team of second-year master’s students from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning has been recognized by the Florida Planning and Zoning Association with its 2020 student project award.

The six team members from the department’s Mark and Marianne Barnebey Planning and Development Lab, under the direction of Planner-in-Residence Dennis Smith, were awarded for their 2019 capstone studio project “Shared Mobility Design and Policy Guidance.” The project was undertaken for the Florida Department of Transportation and Plan Hillsborough, the consolidated planning agency serving Hillsborough County, Fla., including the city of Tampa and surrounding municipalities.

The growing use of shared mobility along with the emerging use of autonomous vehicles (AV, aka self-driving cars) will inevitably impact the built environment. The project is intended to help planners understand how new technology will impact mobility, land use and design as autonomous and shared technology grows in both popularity and market share.

After extensive research on “shared” modes of transportation – public transit, bikeshare, carshare, ridesharing, ride-hailing, taxis and autonomous vehicles – the studio team prepared conceptual urban design templates and produced a summary report with recommendations for implementing policy.

The report looked at how integration of AV technologies could challenge a range of current planning assumptions, from the municipal ownership of public transportation assets to the local land-use plan policies required to accommodate such use.  

The study tackled such questions as where and how passengers will access shared AVs, where the vehicles can be stored and in what ways cityscapes need to change to accommodate these and related needs. 

The six members of the team – Carolyn Back, Jarice Baree, Navael Fontus, Kaleb McClellan, Dara Osher and Amber Tyrie – have since graduated with master’s degrees from the department and moved on to professional planning positions throughout the U.S.

The award will be presented at the Florida Planning and Zoning Association conference in Daytona Beach, December 11.

The Barnebey Planning and Development Lab connects public and private partners to undertake real-world planning projects that provide capacity and innovative planning for the sustainable growth and long-term viability of Florida communities. Through participation in studio projects, the department’s graduate students gain a clinical, place-based learning experience.

The full report can be accessed here.

Studio team member Kaleb McClellan presenting findings to a 2019 community open house in Tampain 2019