Incoming students jumped right into the classroom on a
daylong orientation tour of Buffalo's world-class architecture and
urban design. A key component of orientation, the tour introduces
UB's future architects and planners to the city as a source of
inspiration and site of investigation.
Until three years ago Juweria Dahir (BA ’15) knew no one
in Buffalo other than her husband and his family. Now she is more
deeply immersed in the workings of this city, and in the lives and
fortunes of its people, than most native-born residents.
The School of Architecture and Planning is taking
Buffalo’s story of place – and its place within it - to
the world as an invited exhibitor at the 2018 Venice Architecture
Biennale. The six-month event is the world’s largest and
premier exhibit of architecture and design.
Twenty-nine students crisscrossed the boroughs on a dizzying
two-day excursion that included site visits to signature
development projects, a chance to see the inner workings of major
employers, and networking opportunities with alumni at work across
A story on KJZZ-FM in Phoenix interviews
Nicolas Rajkovich, assistant professor of architecture in the UB
School of Architecture and Planning, about a study he and a
colleague from Arizona State University are conducting to learn how
extreme weather impacts American cities – on both the hot and
cold side of the spectrum. “When you look at the city of
Buffalo, one of the things that we do well is to deal with things
on the cold side. On the flip side, we don’t have a lot of
houses with air conditioning, so as we look to the future with
climate change, there’s a real concern that as we have higher
heat days, days over 90 [degrees], how do we start to prepare for
that?” he said.
Writing in The Atlantic, Despina Stratigakos, professor of
architecture and author of “Hitler at Home,” explains
the pitfalls of writing about fascists in a way that normalizes
them. The piece was written in response to the controversial New
York Times profile of white nationalist Tony Hovater and places the
Hovater profile within the context of the puff pieces popular media
outlets wrote about Hitler’s domestic life in the 1930s.
“The deeply rooted cultural belief that we reveal our true
selves at home gave these accounts the veneer of authenticity. And
it was precisely this uncritical attitude that allowed not only
Hitler’s PR team but also Hollywood agents to use such
domestic profiles to mold their clients’ images and sweep any
unpleasantness under the rug,” Stratigakos writes.
An article on Architecture Design about gentrification of
Buffalo’s East Side and West Side and concerns among
municipalities that feel stuck between the need to generate tax
revenue through development and the fear of displacing residents
when rents rise as a result of the increased development interviews
Henry Louis Taylor Jr., director of the Center for Urban Studies.
“If you play the long game in neighborhood revitalization,
costs go down when equitable investments are made. Cities can be
more creative around taxation and spending,” he said.
In context of today's political environment, we present
architects, designers, urban planners, and researchers at work
across boundaries – national borders, cultural lines, or
A professor of anthropology at Boston University, Thomas
Barfield studies the economic and political development challenges
in Afghanistan, particularly those related to law, government
organization and development issues.