Category Archives: Seminars and Studios

Students interested in understanding the use of planning tools and strategies for building sustainable food systems and healthy communities have the option of enrolling in seminars and coursework in food system planning. Provided below are selected examples of plans prepared by our students. All of these plans have informed on-the-ground change in public policy or programming in our local community.

Planning Studio | Acting Collectively for Equity (ACE), Maradu, India (2016)

Barker, Micaela, Samantha Bulkilvish, John Costello, Ryan Dussault, Connor Hannan, Shawn Mathew, Kenzie McNamara, Breanna McCoy, Sucharita Paul, Kathryn Rozwod, Daniel Stegall, Vasikan Vijayashanthar, and Yilmaz York. 2016. [Title TBD]. School of Architecture and Planning (and Community of Global Health Equity), University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

 

The Town of Maradu, Kerala, India is experiencing rapid growth and maintaining clean water and sanitation is an ongoing challenge.  Pollution puts a strain on already insufficient sanitation infrastructure.   An interdisciplinary group of thirteen graduate students (Urban & Regional Planning, Public Health, Environmental Engineering, and Architecture) prepared this report with the goal of promoting public health equity through improved water and sanitation systems. Students traveled to southern India for three weeks to collect data on current drinking water sources, waste and wastewater management, and public health. Students worked in partnership with the town government, Suchwita Mission, the Center for Science and Environment, and the College of Engineering in Trivandrum. The purpose of this trip was to assist the Municipality of Maradu come up with recommendation to help them implement their City Sanitation Plan. The data collection efforts were preceded by months of analyses and as a result a list of twenty-eight recommendations were produced and shared with the Municipality. Key findings included the need for improved and enlarged water and waste infrastructure for handling a growing population.

Read the report here.

Buffalo Fresh at the Green Commons | 2014

Bean, Darren, Matthew  Caruso, Morgan  Conti, Shauna  Fitzgibbon, Rebecca  Johnstone, Hongkai  Li, Sicong  Ma, Karen  McMahon, Kelley  Mosher, Brandon  Sagat, David  Schram, Lance  Skidmore, Christopher  Toscano, Kyle  Vliet, Matthew  Waldman, Chetara  Walker, Raymond  Wong, Daniel  Young, and Jennifer  Ziemba. 2014. Buffalo Fresh at the Green Commons: Food Hub Development at 925/927 Washington Street. Buffalo, New York: Prepared on behalf of Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University at Buffalo.

Planning Studio | Invest in Fresh: A Plan for Promoting Healthy Food Retail in Jamestown, New York (2013)

Invest_In_Fresh_coverNathan Attard, Travis Gordon, Dongrui Jiang, Danielle Leisten, Samantha Neal, Drew Rogers, Sarah SanGiovanni, Shakira Wiltshire, Siyao Zhou (2013). Invest in Fresh: A Plan for Promoting Healthy Food Retail in Jamestown, New York. University of Buffalo Department of Urban and Regional Planning; page(s) 122; Buffalo, NY. Prepared for the Chautauqua County Health Network.

Residents of the City of Jamestown struggle to access healthy, affordable food for two important and inter-related reasons: First, the economic conditions present in the City of Jamestown make traveling to and affording food difficult for residents. Second, the current food environment of Jamestown—the physical presence of food retail within the city that affects peoples’ diets—offers a limited number of retail locations that offer healthful food. In light of these circumstances, students analyzed the potential of the city to support additional healthy food retail, and outlined feasible strategies with the potential to improve healthy food access and economic development in the city.

Planning Studio | Room at the Table: Food System Assessment of Erie County (2011)

 

Brian Conley, Jonathan Falk,Taylor Hawes,Yoon Hee Jung, Gun Hyoung Kim,Tony Maggiotto Jr, Naoka Takahashi ,Tamara Wright. (2011) Room at the Table: Food System Assessment of Erie County, Buffalo, NY. University of Buffalo Department of Urban and Regional Planning; page(s) 172; Buffalo, NY. Prepared for the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning and the American Farmland Trust.

 

Students from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning worked to help inform the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning on the importance of the food system in county planning. The report focuses on the challenges and opportunities within Erie County surrounding the food system and offers recommendations to the County in regards to farmers, residents, and businesses for strengthening the county’s food system. Twenty recommendations including the creation of a Food Policy Council, establishment of a regional food hub in Erie County, and creation of a county website on agricultural resources. The recommendations were written for the county government, but have been carefully reviewed and considered by other stakeholders in Erie County who are working to strengthen the food system.

Planning Studio | Kid Corridors: An Active Commuting Plan for the Williamsville Central School District (2009)

Graduate students in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning worked in collaboration with officials of the Town of Amherst to make the town safer for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The studio focused on making walking and biking to school safe and appealing to K-8 students and parents in the Williamsville Central School District within the Town of Amherst, NY.

This project was awarded  the 2010 Outstanding Student Project Award from the Western New York Section of the American Planning Association (WNY APA).

Planning for Food Systems Seminar | Queen City Gardens Plan: Planning for Community Gardens in the City of Buffalo (2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susannah Barton, James Bragg, Elizabeth Drag, Kelly Ganczarz, James Kistner, Elizabeth, Ludington, Rachel Maloney, Jonathan McNeice, Fenna Mondolang, Derek Nichols, Eric Poniatowski, Danielle Rovillo, Mary Walls & Mike Watrous. (2009) Queen City Gardens Plan: Planning for Community Gardens in the City of Buffalo.   University of Buffalo Department of Urban and Regional Planning; page(s) 193; Buffalo, NY

Website:
http://queencitygardens.blogspot.com/

Planning Studio | Food for Growth: A Community Food System Plan for Buffalo’s West Side (2003)

 

Tangerine Almeida, Mark Bostaph, Mikaela Engert, Samuel Gold, Jeanne Leccese, Jordana Maisel, Anjali Malhotra, Joanna Rogalski, Tatiana Vejar, Keigo Yokoyama & Lesley Zlatev. (2004)  Food for Growth: A Community Food System Plan for Buffalo’s West Side. University of Buffalo Department of Urban and Regional Planning; page(s) 164; Buffalo, NY. Prepared for the Massachusetts Avenue Project, Buffalo, NY.

This plan, prepared in close collaboration with our client and community partner, the Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP), is the recipient of several local and national awards. The plan received the following awards: 2005 American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) award for the best studio project, the 2004 Upstate New York Chapter of the American Planning Association award for the best studio project, and the 2003 Western New York Section APA award for the best studio project.  Several elements of the plan have since been implemented by MAP on Buffalo’s West Side.