Universal design has long been embraced by businesses eager to create safer, healthier and more supportive facilities for their employees and visitors, regardless of age or ability. The challenge for many is how.
Uniting people through play. That’s the idea behind an installation representing Buffalo as part of the Cities Exhibition of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in South Korea, with the theme of “Collective City.”
In up-and-coming neighborhoods, old churches are often converted to apartments or offices. But what about the vacant or underused churches in areas that aren't attractive to developers? In an article published in The Conversation, Ashima Krishna explores the conversion of vacant Christian churches in Buffalo into new places of worship as a strategy for preserving architecture and strengthening burgeoning immigrant and refugee populations in post-industrial cities across the U.S.
An article on Civil Eats interviews Samina Raja, professor of urban and regional planning in the UB School of Architecture and Planning, about her work on food access, trends in the field and potential solutions. “We have one neighborhood in Buffalo that by federal guidelines is described as a food desert, but it had a thriving mom-and-pop grocery store in it. So if you went to look for grant funding, it would bring in a competitive supermarket that wouldn’t hire local people,” she said. “So defining a neighborhood as a food desert would thwart an existing, functioning grocery store because it didn’t fit the idea of a supermarket. I’m much more in favor of letting residents decide how they want to define their neighborhood and getting to the precision of the issue whether it’s a problem or an asset.”
A story on Investigative Post reports on the “staggering” number of motorists across the state who lose their driver’s license every year and interviews Henry Louis Taylor Jr., director of the Center for Urban Studies, who said that debt-related suspensions provide little to no public safety benefit. “We are taking people who are already on the economic edge, we are criminalizing them and increasing the burdens and hardships on their lives,” he said.
Peter Galison, the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor at Harvard University, works at the intersection of physics, history and philosophy of science, and film. Galison will present "Philosophy of the Shadow," addressing the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration's hunt for an objective image of a black hole
Vanessa Watson, a professor of urban planning at the University of Cape Town, is UB's 2019 Will and Nan Clarkson Chair in Planning. Her public lecture will focus on the disconnect in African cities between the realities of rapid growth and poverty and developers' "Dubai-like" visions of shiny, glass-box skyscrapers.
Florian Idenburg is a Dutch architect who established SO-IL with Jing Liu in New York City in 2008. At work on projects in Asia, Mexico and North America, SO-IL is currently creating a master plan for ArtPark in Western New York.
Delivering this year's Bethune Lecture is Harvard GSD Dean Sarah Whiting. In "Time is money," she considers the time side of this mantra of capitalism, focusing on how contemporary theorizations of time affect architectural education and practice.