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The Urban Design Project

The Urban Design Project is a university center devoted to service, teaching and research in the pursuit of a critical practice of urban design. It was founded in 1990 by Professor Robert G. Shibley, and is located in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. The Urban Design Project seeks to serve the communities of the Niagara-Buffalo city-region by bringing faculty and urban design students together with local governments, community based organizations and citizens in general, to engage the work of making better places and stronger communities. Part of the mission of the Urban Design Project is to provide challenging situations in which students can learn their craft. Urban design is a practice which is best learned when students are able to confront specific and concrete problems and work to create real and practical solutions. The Urban Design Project also works to enrich the body of knowledge about the practice of urban design. Research conducted through the center is aimed at expanding our understanding, not only of the practice of urban design in general, but also about specific places, sites, neighborhoods, and districts in our city-region. Email contact form:

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3435 Main Street
Hayes Hall 272
Buffalo NY 14214

tel: (716) 829-5884