UB Graduate Planning Students Win Regional Award For “Kid Corridors”

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — “Kid Corridors, Taking Steps to School,” a 2009 graduate studio project of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, has received the 2010 Outstanding Student Project Award from the Western New York Section of the American Planning Association (WNY APA).

The award will be presented June 29 at the group’s annual Awards Dinner at Chef’s Restaurant.

The project, directed by Samina Raja, PhD, associate professor of urban and regional planning, was a response to a request by the Town of Amherst to develop materials to encourage and educate children in the Williamsville School District to walk and bicycle to school.

The awards committee said “the submission was of unusually high merit and demonstrated innovative planning methods to address an important topic.”

Thomas Maturski, assistant superintendent for finance for the Williamsville Central School District, called the award “well deserved recognition for the students. The final report for the study was thorough and well written, so I am not surprised that they have received this honor.”

As part of the Kid Corridors planning process, UB planners held outreach sessions with children and adults in the school district, analyzed the built environment there using Geographic Information Systems, conducted a detailed audit of two case study sites in the district (Country Parkway Elementary School and Heim Elementary and Middle schools), analyzed data from a survey of WCSD students and parents, and reviewed applicable legal regulations.

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