Urban Design Studio team wins top prize at state conference

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A team of students from the Departments of Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture won the Best Practice/Outstanding Student Project award from the American Planning Association Upstate New York Chapter.

The award, announced Oct. 3 at the organization’s annual conference in Rochester, honors a project started a year ago when the team traveled to Lakewood, Ohio, and developed visions on 10 to 15 years for four key city corridors. The final report resulting from their project won them the prize.

Students participated in the Fall 2018 Workshop on Land Use, Environmental Planning, and Urban Design, facilitated by guest critic Mitch Glass. The students “designed innovative and resilient strategies for economic development, public spaces, and streetscape interventions to meet regional and local needs,” according to Glass.

“From analysis and site visits to client interaction, conceptualization, final drawings, narratives and final report, students participated in the professional urban design process while recognizing the roles, responsibilities and the particular ideas of each discipline,” Glass said.

The students participating in the class were: Eden Marek, MRP ’20; Anna Makido, MS ’19; Victor Tran ’18; Shawn Sun, M.Arch. ’19; Ching-Lun (Don) Chen, MS ’19; Austen Davis, MRP ’20; Mengyuan Hua, MRP ’19; Kevin Kim, MRP/MLA ’20; Noah Schumer, MRP ’19; Leigh Scudder, MRP ’19; Jacob Soley ’19; and continuing education student Xinglu Zhu.

See a longer version of this story on the AAP website.

—Patti Witten

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