Working with the Urban Design Project from the urban planning
department at UB, CCR is part of a team working on the
revitalization of Buffalo's Olmsted Parks system. Using aerial
photography, a model of the entire city of Buffalo was constructed
allowing one to fly the entire network of parks and parkways in
order to study each park individually, as well as the connections
in between. GIS layers can be toggled on and off showing the major
roadways as well as protected, unprotected and possible greenspace
throughout the region.
Each park was modeled in full 3D with accurate tree plantings for both a summer and winter condition as well as mass modeled homes and structures surrounding each park for up to three city blocks. The model became a valuable tool to assess the current conditions and plan for possible changes and improvements to the parks and overall system for the next 20 years.
Olmsted Parks Conservancy