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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.
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.
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, and San Francisco Chronicle.
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.” 
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. 
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.

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