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9/12/17
An article in the Smithsonian about America’s lost structures includes a piece by Kerry Traynor, clinical associate professor of urban and regional planning, who laments the loss of Buffalo’s Humboldt Parkway, which was torn up in the 1950s to make way for the Kensington Expressway. “The new highway displaced families, divided neighborhoods by race and income and caused property values to plummet,” she writes.
8/31/17
An article in Canadian Architect highlights a colorful display created by Julia Jamrozik, assistant professor of architecture, and her design partner Coryn Kempster called “Vertical Line Garden,” which is featured as part of this year’s International Garden Festival, a series of installations on display at historic Redford Gardens in Quebec.
8/31/17
An article in The Conversation about America’s lost structures includes a piece by Kerry Traynor, clinical associate professor of urban and regional planning, who laments the loss of Buffalo’s Humboldt Parkway, which was torn up in the 1950s to make way for the Kensington Expressway. “The new highway displaced families, divided neighborhoods by race and income and caused property values to plummet,” Traynor said. The article also was published on the Los Angeles Times, via the Associated Press. 
8/29/17
An article on Truthout, a nonprofit progressive news organization, about how the large-scale privatization of New Orleans’ schools perpetuates inequality interviews Robert Silverman, professor of urban and regional planning, who said for-profit spin-offs of nonprofit housing initiatives are becoming more common, but profit incentives also raise concerns about “mission drift.” "The other side of it is, when the nonprofit starts dabbling in these for-profit ventures, it opens up arguments that can be made for why the people working for the nonprofit themselves should be given living wages," he said.
8/17/17
An article in Buffalo Business First reports that UB researchers are installing the award-winning GRoW Home on South Campus. The home, which came in second place at the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in 2015, is poised to become an incubator for ideas about modern design. “I see this as a prototype of how an energy-efficient home can work in Buffalo’s climate,” said Kenneth MacKay, a clinical associate professor of architecture, who is working on the project.
8/13/17
An article on Fact Check about President Donald Trump’s claims that his administration is spending a lot of money to address the problems in inner cities interviews Robert Silverman, professor of urban and regional planning in the UB School of Architecture and Planning. “There is no discussion taking place in the White House that I am aware of about new initiatives, programs or investments in inner cities,” he said. “The federal agencies that have some of the greatest impacts on urban areas are [Housing and Urban Development], the Department of Education, [Health and Human Services], Transportation and the [Environmental Protection Agency]. The Trump Administration has proposed to cut the budgets of all of those agencies by at least 12 percent in FY2018.” The article appeared in USA Today, as well as NBC affiliates around the country, including Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth, and other media outlets the Louisville Courier-Journal, Asbury Park Press, Arizona Republic, The Tennessean, and Detroit Free-Press.
8/9/17
A story on CBC Radio about the heat wave gripping much of southern and central Europe, which residents have christened “Lucifer,” interviews Zoe Hamstead, assistant professor of urban and regional planning in the UB School of Architecture and Planning, who studies extreme heat waves and how cities can adapt to high temperatures without contributing to global warming. Solution include "greening, planting trees and vegetation, or 'blueing,' [which is] creating water features exposing streams to the daylight so that evaporation processes can happen, and using materials like porous pavement that allow water to infiltrate," she said.
8/7/17
An article in The Conversation by Nicholas Rajkovich, assistant professor of architecture in the UB School of Architecture and Planning, looks at the growing number of heat waves that are affecting cities around the country and what officials should be doing to prepare for extreme heat events. “No city wants to repeat what happened in Chicago in 1995, when approximately 700 people died during a week-long heat wave. But with a collaborative approach to heat wave planning, perhaps cities can lower the risk of harm from hot weather,” he writes. The article appeared in news outlets that include the Chicago Tribune, Business Standard, Houston Chronicle, Tucson Daily Star, WTOP-AM in Washington, D.C., the Observer, Malta Independent, Econotimes, Business Insider, Salon, Phys.org and San Francisco Chronicle.
7/29/17
An article in the Dunkirk Observer about Chautauqua County’s food system looks at a preliminary report prepared by a UB Food Lab team that found that tapping into larger nearby markets could contribute to the county’s economic regeneration, and quotes Erin Sweeney, a student who worked on the report. “The agricultural heritage and tight-knit community in Chautauqua County creates a nice place for residents and visitors,” she said. “Many innovative projects and organizations in the county are already working to make connections, and we see opportunity to make further connections through ideas we discovered.” 
7/24/17
An article about a purchase agreement that will allow Erie County to take control of nearly 150 acres of remediated Bethlehem Steel property before the end of the year looks at plans to redevelop the property and quotes Martha Bohm, assistant professor of architecture in UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, who is working with the ECIDA to consider ways to make Bethlehem Steel projects models of sustainable technology and affordable energy. “We can change the conversation about how the site is thought of,” she said. 

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