Fall 2019 Environmental Design final presentations

Two senior END workshops present planning and design recommendations for neighborhoods spanning municipal boundaries

The two fall 2019 senior Environmental Design (END 450) workshops invite you to attend their final presentations on planning and design recommendations for neighborhoods spanning municipal boundaries. The studios focus on two unique local contexts in Buffalo and its surrounding municipalities. 

Friday, December 6th
9:30 - 11:00am
Hayes 403

Bridging Borders:Connecting Communities Across Municipal Borders by Identifying Transformational Planning Opportunities

map showing the border of Buffalo, Tonawanda, and Amherst.

Map showing the border of Buffalo, Tonawanda and Amherst.

Professors: Kim Amplement and Maggie Winship

This team-based, real-world planning project explored and analyzed the area that transects the Town of Amherst, the Town of Tonawanda, and the City of Buffalo. Students developed an understanding of the neighborhoods, their quality of life, and various identities taken on across these invisible, yet impactful, municipal boundaries. Students worked to bridge borders by creating design concepts to improve a commercial corridor and a shopping plaza, along with devising programming opportunities for inter-municipal connections to benefit municipalities, agencies, and communities in the study area.

A Cohesive Kaisertown: Neighborhood Planning for one of Buffalo’s Most Compact and Historically Vibrant Communities

Mural in Kaisertown displaying the name Kaisertown Buffalo, NY.

Kaisertown neighborhood in Buffalo

Professor: Jeff Rehler

Working with a client from a community not-for-profit organization, students developed planning and design recommendations for the Kaisertown neighborhood at the convergence of Buffalo, Cheektowaga, and West Seneca. Students proposed recommendations to highlight Kaisertown assets including a rich historic character and recreational amenities in Houghton Park. They also developed ideas for enhancing business activity along the Clinton St. commercial corridor, making community amenities accessible for all ages, implementing green infrastructure, and improving waterfront access along the Buffalo River.