BUFFALO, N.Y. – Whatever Buffalo's urban development and
planning issues, the city has an enormous boon in the work of the
faculty members and students in the University at Buffalo School of
Architecture and Planning and their cohorts in the community.
The American Planning Association this week honored two recent
UB-City of Buffalo projects with its top annual awards at its
annual conference in San Francisco.
Robert Shibley, Ph.D., professor in the School's Department of
Architecture, and widely recognized for his work in community
planning, received the APA's 2005 Outstanding Planning Award for
"Queen City Hub: A Regional Action Plan for Downtown Buffalo."
The plan was developed by Shibley and his colleagues in the
school's Center for Urban Design on behalf of the City of Buffalo,
its client, in collaboration with Buffalo Place, Inc. "Queen City
Hub" has involved more than 10 years of community outreach,
planning and implementation; and more than 1,000 Buffalonians and
20 projects have played a role in developing it.
Samina Raja, assistant professor in the School's Department of
Urban and Regional Planning, and 11 graduate students in her Fall
2003 graduate planning studio received the APA's 2005 Best Student
Project Award for "Food for Growth: A Community Food Program for
Buffalo's West Side."
UB students have won the award for an unprecedented two years in
Kathryn Foster, associate professor and chair of the Department
of Urban and Regional Planning, says, "The West side project was
exceptional and deserves the attention it has received over the
last year and a half. It broke new ground in merging merger
research, community action and education in the emerging
sub-discipline of community food security."
"Food for Growth" is a food system plan for the City of Buffalo
with special focus on West Side neighborhoods. Raja and her
students assessed the condition of the existing community food
system and its impact on the local economy, land use,
transportation and the city environment. They then explored
ways to build and strengthen a sustainable, community-based food
system that would ensure West side residents access to healthy,
fresh and affordable food at all times.
The project previously was honored by the APA at the regional
and state level for its quality, innovative design, relevance and
high potential for implementation. It has helped leverage an
additional $350,000 in funding for its client, the Massachusetts
Avenue Project, directed by Diane Picard
Shibley's project, too, received previous regional and statewide
recognition from the APA. It received the 2004 Outstanding Planning
Project for Comprehensive Planning from the Western New York
Section and the 2004 Award for Comprehensive Planning from the
Upstate New York Chapter.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the
State University of New York.