URP 581-002

URP 581-002– Planning Practicum

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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

Once the UB medical school moves to the new Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, what will happen to the center of the South Campus? Can those buildings be demolished and the land redeveloped with a mix of non-academic uses, including high-tech office and incubators, hotel, retail and/or housing that would serve UB, and its faculty and students? How does this type of development become transformative to the campus life and the University Heights, and 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.