The mega project is designed to be an example of sustainable development, and hold up to one million people. It focuses on green transportation modes, with a plan to achieve 80% green commuting. One of the major elements of the plan is the design of multiple centers, with each cluster created around “live, work, play” functions, intended to minimize commutes and encourage walking to schools and public services. This reduces congestion and pollution, while even making housing more affordable. The aim is to complete the plan by 2030.
Carolina Planning Professor Yan Song’s research interests include low carbon and green cities, plan evaluation, land use development and regulations, spatial analysis of urban spatial structure and urban form, land use and transportation integration, and how to accommodate research in the above fields by using planning supporting systems, such as GIS and other computer-aided planning tools.
She directs the Program on Chinese Cities (PCC), an initiative within Carolina Planning and the Center for Urban & Regional Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. PCC conducts research and training aimed at better understanding the impacts of rapid urban growth on China’s built and natural environments and explores ways to make this process more equitable, transparent, and socially and ecologically sustainable. Dr. Song’s research projects have been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.