URP 581-002– Planning Practicum
Course No.: 20195
Department: Urban and Regional Planning
Semester: 2017 Fall
Location: Hayes Hall – 302
Meeting Day(s): Tuesday - Thursday
Meeting Time: 2:00 PM - 6:40 PM
Faculty: Foerster, Hata
The University Station Transit-Oriented Development
Are the land parcels and buildings near the University Heights Metro Station (on both
sides of Main Street, on and across from UB’s South Campus), ripe for redevelopment as
a mixed use, transit-oriented development? What sites could be redeveloped with a mix
of office, hotel, retail and/or housing offerings that would serve UB, its faculty and
students, and the City of Buffalo? How does a TOD work, and how could this type of
catalytic, gateway development become transformative to the campus, the University
Heights neighborhood, and the City of Buffalo, as well as create economic value?
These and related questions will be answered in a joint studio in Real Estate Development and Urban Design. Students in MS/ARC in Real Estate Development and advanced students in MARC, MUP and dual-MARC/MUP programs will collaborate on a design/development proposal, in a manner regularly seen in cutting edge projects, where architects, planners and developers work closely to produce outstanding projects that are financially feasible and have great campus design and landscape characteristics.
Architecture and Planning students will be able to explore the essentials of real estate finance and a complex and large-scale design project with a site model. Teams will address the feasibility of developing a real site for an actual client.