Justina Dziama, a recent graduate of UB’s architecture program, will exhibit her research on material transformations in the post-industrial landscape, as part of the Buffalo Arts Studio’s Activism in the Arts project.
In a barren field in the shadows of towering grain elevators at Silo City, a group of University at Buffalo architecture students have created a beautiful structure that will continue to evolve and take shape. And they did it amid the stops and starts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the culminating studio of the BS in Architecture program, Urban Life - Self + Society focuses on the urban dwelling as a threshold between self and society, between local and global, and between nature and culture.
Robert Silverman, professor of urban planning, participates in a Wallethub Q&A on the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and the positive and negative effects. Silverman was among a panel of experts consulted for their perspective on the biggest challenges faced by cities experiencing rapid population growth, questions of social justice, and whether authorities should do more to ensure current residents aren’t “priced out” of established neighborhoods in the face of population growth. The interview also addresses expectations for a reshaping of large cities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UB architecture professor Charles L. Davis II was featured in The Crimson, the student newspaper of Harvard University, to discuss his research on antiracist architecture in an online lecture hosted by the Graduate School of Design. His lecture, entitled “Cannon Fodder: Debating the Racial Politics of Canonicity in Modern Architectural History,” called for an antiracist framework when viewing architecture both in the past and the present.
The Washington Post reviewed “Hitler’s Northern Utopia,” a new book by Despina Stratigakos, professor of architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning. “Drawing from a staggering trove of archival letters, maps, plans and diaries, Stratigakos’s ‘Hitler’s Northern Utopia’ gracefully juxtaposes the oppressor’s dream with Norway’s brutal reality as she examines the country’s occupation and the labor force that worked on building the Nazi fantasy state that never was,” the reviewer writes.
Henry Louis Taylor Jr., professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and director of UB’s Center for Urban Studies, wrote an opinion article for NBC News titled “Breonna Taylor’s death and racist police violence highlight danger of gentrification.” In the article, Taylor wrote: “Breonna Taylor is just one of many Black women and men who have been killed by police recently. But her death highlights a distinct genre of racially motivated police aggression, harassment and violence that has emerged over the past two decades. White in-migration to cities has created places where dangerous encounters frequently occur between Blacks and the police.” The article also appeared in DNYUZ.
Opening Jan. 22 at DesignTO, ‘Volatile Ecologies’ is a design expedition examining the environmental degradation in the industrial waterfront of Buffalo through the lens of scenario planning and prototype making. The exhibition features the research of Zherui Wang, UB's 2020-21 Peter Reyner Banham Fellow, and students in his fall 2020 graduate studio at UB.
The School of Architecture and Planning's Fall 2020 studios in urban planning, environmental design and real estate development invite you to their final presentations on four unique Buffalo-based planning and development projects.
Join professor of urban planning Henry Louis Taylor Jr., for a conversation on race, class and the underdevelopment of Black neighborhoods, including predatory development practices in the city-building process.
Limited exposure to the professions of architecture and planning and their networks, as well as limited access to resources, creates an uneven playing field for students in design schools. Are architecture and planning education structured in a way that sets up people of color to fail as they join the profession? If so, what elements are the most hindering for the progress of people of color? Join us for a panel conversation with leading practitioners and scholars. Sponsored by AASAP and ubNOMAS.