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12/5/16
An article in The Washington Post about Donald Trump’s selection Monday of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development quotes Robert Silverman, professor of urban and regional planning, who predicted that Carson will reduce the level of scrutiny lenders face about how loans are distributed to minority groups. “Less regulation will allow them to originate loans they might consider higher-risk,” he said. The article also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
11/29/16
A story in The Atlantic about the future of housing desegregation in a Donald Trump administration interviews Robert Silverman, professor of urban and regional planning in the School of Architecture and Planning. “The HUD Secretary can really set the tone in terms of making decisions about where resources are allocated, and where staff are provided to take on enforcement roles,” Silverman said.
11/28/16
An opinion piece by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown about the city’s renaissance and the process of choosing the best location to construct a new passenger train station notes that Robert Shibley, dean of the UB School of Architecture and Planning, agreed to facilitate discussions about the project within 24 hours of an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo of a $1 million investment in the planning process. “It was critically important to have someone of Shibley’s planning background and experience to help move this process along, guaranteeing that it would be  a thoughtful, in-depth and transparent consideration of the best location for such a facility,” he writes.
11/26/16
A story on WBFO-FM about the death of Fidel Castro at age 90 interviews Henry Louis Taylor, director of UB’s Center for Urban Studies and the author of “Inside El Barrio: A Bottom-Up View of Neighborhood Life in Castro’s Cuba.” Castro allowed neighborhoods to shape everyday life and culture, despite scarce resources, and that helped sustain his power at a time when other communist regimes collapsed, he said.
11/25/16
An article in the Los Angeles Times about an unusual 17-story office tower with steel ribbons wrapped around floor-to-ceiling glass windows quotes Joyce Hwang, associate professor of architecture in the UB School of Architecture and Planning and a juror in the award-competition the project won last year, who described the steel ribbons as a “fantastical” structure. “It looks decorative. It looks like it’s hanging off the building, when it’s really the structure,” she said.
11/23/16
An article on Huffington Post about reports that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is considering an offer to serve as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Donald Trump’s forthcoming administration quotes Robert Shibley, dean of the UB School of Architecture and Planning, who said it is especially important that the next HUD secretary understand the agency’s core mission, which he summed up as “homelessness and affordable housing.” “At some juncture, we’re a nation with way too many of one and not enough of the other,” he said. “If the secretary of HUD has a lot of experience, they’ll know this. And if they don’t, they need to surround themselves with people who do.”
11/22/16
A story reports that  Robert Shibley, dean of UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, will serve as lead facilitator of a committee that will decide on a new location for a Buffalo train station. The news was also covered by WGRZ and WKBW.
11/16/16
Korydon Smith, professor of architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning, was interviewed for an article in Seeker, a division of Discovery Communications, about the Google Toilet Tracker, which aims to help people in India, where nearly 620 million people defecate in the open, find the nearest clean toilet. “Open defecation is both a historic and a contemporary practice in settings throughout the world,” he said. “It has gained attention in India because of the size and density of many cities with global and nationwide efforts to be ‘open-defecation-free.’”
11/7/16
An article on Opposing Views, a news site focusing on politics, social issues, international affairs and culture, about the tiny house movement and states and towns that have banned the structures quotes Robert Silverman, professor of urban and regional planning in the School of Architecture and Planning. “People using affordable housing are a diverse group,” he said. “You’ve got retired people, disabled people, families. A 300-square-foot trailer with a loft up top may not be suited for all those groups.”
11/7/16
An article about the restoration of a historic commercial building that was once part of Shea’s Seneca Theatre in South Buffalo reports Robert Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, conducted a study to evaluate the potential for redevelopment along the Seneca corridor from Mineral Springs Road to the city line. A story also appeared on WBFO-FM.

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