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An opinion piece about infusing Buffalo with a lifelong learning culture notes that in 1983, a conference called “Imagining Buffalo: Reflections on Our City” was organized in part by Robert Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, and Lynda Schneekloth, professor emeritus of architecture. 
An article reports the East Side History Project, a project spearheaded by UB’s Center for Urban Studies, has received a grant of $24,993 from the state’s Documentary Heritage Program. The article notes that the project is an ongoing initiative that seeks to interview residents about their everyday life experiences and collect documents like photographs, videos, letters and historical ephemera about the city. An Associated Press article on the project also appeared in news outlets that include WHEC-TV in Rochester, WNYT-TV in Albany, U.S. News & World Report, WIVB-TV and WBEN-AM.
An article on The Nature of Cities coauthored by Zoe Hamstead, assistant professor of urban and regional planning in the School of Architecture and Planning, and Ryan McPherson, chief sustainability officer, looks at post-industrial cities that are implementing brownfields to brightfields programs that help develop local economies, generate clean energy and manage pollution. The article notes that UB students have initiated a project, Localizing Buffalo’s Renewable Energy Future, that aims to advance clean energy in New York State by increasing the use of solar energy in the City of Buffalo and on university campuses.
An article about the variety of seating available at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor interviews Hiroaki Hata, associate professor of architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning. "In the long run, Outer Harbor is a treasure for Buffalo. I would say the only remaining, the last public land," he said. "Now the city's task is: how to make it a really attractive place so that people can visit constantly." 
An article in The Architect’s Newspaper looks at the role that Omar Khan, associate professor and chair of the Department of Architecture, and the UB School of Architecture and Planning played in helping Boston Valley Terra Cotta incorporate the latest in digital documentation, design and fabrication technologies to remain at the forefront of the terra cotta industry. The article also looks at how university research and state-of-the-art industry partnerships are collaborating, and includes a UB-produced video about the university’s Communities of Excellence.
An opinion piece by Ernest Sternberg, professor and chair of urban and regional planning in the School of Architecture and Planning, about demonstrators who chanted and shouted down Robert Spencer, a controversial speaker about radical Islam, last week notes that the UB Faculty Senate has taken an unambiguous stance on disruption of speech on campus. “In general, the university needs to promulgate clear definitions to the campus community on civil discourse on campus and on protections for controversial speech,” he writes. In addition, a letter to the editor criticizes how Spencer was treated. Articles on Spencer’s speech also appeared on Real Clear Education and Accuracy in Academia. 
An article in Scientific American by Korydon Smith, professor of architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning and associate director of Global Health Equity, looks at the relationship between health care reform and the nation’s aging infrastructure. “What if a solution to bridging both the political and sectoral divides between health care and infrastructure was, literally, a bridge? Sure, bridges are core elements of infrastructure, but what do bridges have to do with health care? As it turns out, a lot,” he writes. The article also appeared on Salon, Longitudes, Truthout, the Princeton Times, Terre Haute Tribune Star, Arizona Daily Star, WHNS-TV in North Carolina, Arizona Family, the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, WTOP-AM in Washington, D.C., WGCL-TV in Atlanta, WSMV-TV in Nashville, KVVU-TV in Las Vegas and KCTV-TV in Kansas City.
An article in Tampa’s Weekly Challenger about the decline in the number of black-owned businesses and what it means to American democracy reports on research by Robert Silverman, professor of urban planning in the School of Architecture and Planning, that showed that many beauty and hair care businesses were acquired by white-owned businesses, and funds that once were channeled into research and development for black-owned businesses now were accrued as profits by the larger firms.
An article in Cleveland’s Scene Magazine about things to do and see in Buffalo includes a visit to Assembly House 150, founded by Dennis Maher, clinical assistant professor of architecture, to provide a home for student projects and for the Society for the Advancement of Construction-Related Arts. “We’re looking at unique opportunities and needs, and trying to draw relationships between those things,” he said.
An article on Architecture Design about the future of the Fair Housing ruling that requires municipalities that receive HUD funding to report in detail how their housing policies are not promoting segregation interviews Robert Silverman, professor of urban and regional planning, who said the ruling could actually be more helpful to small local governments. “In the past, there was always a report municipalities and counties had to do for fair housing, but HUD didn’t give them clear distinction of what to measure and a deadline for doing so,” he said. “HUD has provided them with a template, and I haven’t heard from any cities that don’t think doing these data studies of how housing is used in their communities is not important for them.”

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