Studio Reviews and Presentations Spring 2023

Aerial image of ub south campus walkways.

Aerial Image of UB South Campus, courtesy Austin Wyles.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning invites all to attend the program's final studio presentations.

Monday, May 1

University Heights: Main Street Redesign

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | 403 Hayes Hall

Course: END 360
Instructors: Camden Miller, PhD and Mary Allen

After exploring modes of visual literacy for comprehending the built environment, students were tasked with putting together analysis and recommendations for how to redesign Main Street within the University Heights neighborhood utilizing graphic representation skills for visually communicating urban planning and design concepts.

Exploring Rain Garden Design

1 - 2 p.m. | GRoW Clean Energy Center, UB North Campus

Course: END 499 Independent Study
Instructors: Kelly Gregg, UB Sustainability Education Manager Erin Moscati and Environmental Design Undergraduate student Madison Stellrecht.

The UB Sustainability Center has been preparing to relocate to the HDR building on North Campus. In preparation for the move and as a capstone to the building renovations the UB Sustainability center would like to develop a rain garden to manage the stormwater around the building and for educational and demonstration purposes.

Monday, May 8

Activating the Great Lawn at Buffalo's Central Terminal

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | 111 Wende Hall

Course: END 460
Instructor: Annie Schentag and Teaching Assistant Andrea Harder

Clients: Monica Pellegrino Faix, Executive Director and Drew Canfield, Associate Director of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation

The students present a portfolio of proposals for ways to increase public engagement at the Great Lawn of the Central Terminal. These proposals prioritize community gatherings, public recreation, and sustainable systems that can benefit a diversity of residents and visitors.

From Steel to Ideal: Lackawanna's Downtown Revitalization Initiative to Promote Equitable, Sustainable, and Diverse Growth and Development

4 - 6 p.m. | 327 Hayes Hall

Course: END 460
Instructor: Camden Miller, PhD

This studio has partnered with the City of Lackawanna to create a Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) plan for them to consider in their application to New York State. All of the proposed projects within our report have been related back to the City's Comprehensive Plan in order to align with the City's goals, objectives, and overall vision. All 15 of the projects that we propose for Lackawanna’s DRI application look to precedent (a case study) and then are fully thought out with policy implications, recommendations, and detailed maps and renderings. We hope that our project recommendations within the downtown business corridor can prosper and evolve with the City as we have taken a community-first mentality.

Wednesday, May 10

Reenvisioning Buffalo's Cobblestone Historic District

1 - 3 p.m. | 327 Hayes Hall

Course: END 460
Instructor: Bradley Everdyke and Teaching Assistant Ambreen Rehman-Veal

An examination of the historic and existing contexts that have shaped the Cobblestone District and a vision for its future.

Historic Aerial View of Buffalo's Inner Harbor, ca. 1935. Source: Buffalo News

Equitable Development using the Asset Based Community Development Method

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | 402 Hayes Hall

Course: END 581/582 
Instructor: Art Hall

Critics: Hallmark Planning & Development, LLC (Art Hall – Principal), Evergreen Health, Community Access Services (CAS), Uniland Development, Siddiqui Creative Consulting Services.

The studio is designed for students to learn the public engagement process from beginning to end. Students will learn the Asset Based Community Development Model and perform a question base analysis for focus groups, interviews, and plan for a public meeting. Feedback and recommendations from the community will be included in the final report.

Historic Aerial View of Buffalo's Inner Harbor, ca. 1935. Source: Buffalo News

Planning for Equitable Urban Agriculture

3 - 4:30 p.m. | 403 Hayes Hall

Course: URP 581 Planning Practicum 
Instructor: Samina Raja

Clients: Juneteenth Agricultural Pavilion, Buffalo Food Equity Network, and Erie County agencies (Department of Planning, Office of Health Equity, and the Food Policy Council)

Urban agriculture, when employed in pursuit of equity, has the potential to stabilize neighborhoods, improve public health, promote community economic development, and address food apartheid within cities. This studio, co-developed with community partners, identifies strategies for promoting equitable urban agriculture on Buffalo’s East Side. Implementation strategies draw inspiration from histories of Black liberation efforts and the ongoing commitment of leaders on the East Side to promote human dignity and well-being through urban agriculture.

Planning for Ebenezer Village: A Clean Energy Community in West Seneca, NY

4 p.m. | West Seneca Community Center and Library, 1300 Union Road, West Seneca

Course: URP 581/582 Studio
Instructor: Ernest Sternberg 

Clients: Office of the State Assembly Member; Town Elected Officials

A site of about 400 acres in West Seneca, NY, is currently under the control of the New York State Office for People with Disabilities, where only about four buildings from about 40 are in use, the rest being vacant or condemned. On the expectation that the agency will move out, our studio has researched demand for, and is proposing, a clean-energy residential development based on both networked and non-networked ground-based geothermal energy for heating and cooling.

Monday, May 15

UrbanPlan City Council

5:30 p.m. | 403 Hayes Hall

Course: END426/URP526/ARC526
Instructor: Matthew Roland

Students have formed project teams and created site plans and an associated simplified financial model for the redevelopment of a 6 block site and will present their development proposals to a mock City Council comprised of Urban Land Institute volunteers.