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2/19/17
An article about the architecture and history of the Market Arcade at Main and Washington streets in Buffalo looks at the role the UB School of Architecture and Planning played in its redevelopment in the 1970s, and quotes Harold Cohen, dean emeritus of the School of Architecture and Planning. “When we looked at what was there, the arcade was flooded in the basement, the beams were rotted and the roof had a big hole in it,” he said. The article notes that under Cohen’s direction, UB students and others were hired to work on the building and help restore its condition.
2/18/17
An article about the architecture and history of the Market Arcade at Main and Washington streets in Buffalo looks at the role the UB School of Architecture and Planning played in its redevelopment in the 1970s, and quotes Harold Cohen, dean emeritus of the School of Architecture and Planning. “When we looked at what was there, the arcade was flooded in the basement, the beams were rotted and the roof had a big hole in it,” he said. The article notes that under Cohen’s direction, UB students and others were hired to work on the building and help restore its condition.
2/3/17
An article in Business First about weather changes Buffalo can expect in coming decades as a result of climate change interviews Helen Domske, associate director of UB’s Great Lakes Program. “Most people think fish can tolerate great spans of temperature, but they can’t,” she said. “The ecology of the Great Lakes, though amazing, is fragile.” The article also interviews Nicholas Rajkovich, assistant professor of architecture, and Jason Briner, associate professor of geology. “We’re already seeing dramatic shifts in precipitation, which is a challenge in terms of storm-water management…. Most of the buildings we’re building in Buffalo now, including the various redevelopments downtown, are being prepared for a very different future,” Rajkovich said. “Ski resorts are hosed,” Briner said. “A generation from now, it will be hard to imagine the ones in Western New York will survive.”A opinion piece by Paul Battaglia, adjunct associate professor of architecture, suggests that the new Amtrak station being proposed for Buffalo be built at Canalside. “However socially well-meaning and emotionally attached to the Central Terminal we may all be, we should set that aside and complete the strategy for re-establishing downtown Buffalo as the regional center by building the Amtrak station at Canalside,” he writes.
1/25/17
A opinion piece by Paul Battaglia, adjunct associate professor of architecture, suggests that the new Amtrak station being proposed for Buffalo be built at Canalside. “However socially well-meaning and emotionally attached to the Central Terminal we may all be, we should set that aside and complete the strategy for re-establishing downtown Buffalo as the regional center by building the Amtrak station at Canalside,” he writes.
1/18/17
An obituary examines the life and legacy of renowned preservation architect Theodore Lownie, who taught in UB’s School of Architecture and Planning for 25 years and owned his own firm, HHL Architects. He died Jan. 17 at age 80.
1/18/17
Robert Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, is quoted in a story reporting that the first public meeting on the location for the new Buffalo train station took place this morning in City Hall. “The clock is ticking,” said Shibley, who was tapped by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to serve as lead facilitator for the process. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo gave the 17-member committee six months to reach a decision.
1/18/17
Despina Stratigakos, professor of architecture, was among the featured guests on this week’s episode of NPR’s Hidden Brain, the podcast hosted by Shankar Vedantam. The episode, titled “Pedestals and Guillotines,” examines humans’ strange and contradictory relationship with power and celebrity. During her segment, which runs from 18:30 to 20:05, Stratigakos, author of “Hitler at Home,” discusses the role the Nazi propaganda machine had in portraying Adolf Hitler as a humble man of the people through mainstream media articles detailing his domestic life.
1/18/17
An obituary examines the life and legacy of renowned preservation architect Theodore Lownie, who taught in UB’s School of Architecture and Planning for 25 years and owned his own firm, HHL Architects. He died Jan. 17 at age 80.
1/13/17
An article reports Town of Tonawanda residents and workers are being invited to complete a brief survey developed by the UB Regional Institute for the town and its community partners as part of an initiative to identify priorities and grow the town’s economy.
1/9/17
An article in The Atlantic’s CityLab about the new Buffalo Green Code, which rewrote zoning and land-use regulations to make them simpler and easier to understand, quotes Robert Silverman, professor of urban and regional planning in the UB School of Architecture and Planning, who predicted that Buffalo may end up following the path of Miami and Denver, the only two other cities to adopt form-based code and are facing affordable housing crises. “Even though Buffalo is losing population, its Green Code really focuses on dense development in a much smaller footprint, and having less density in older neighborhoods outside of it,” he said. “So it essentially creates more demand in a smaller area for development to take place, which has an upward pressure on the cost of commercial and retail property and also on housing.”

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