Media Mentions

Writing in The Atlantic, Despina Stratigakos, professor of architecture and author of “Hitler at Home,” explains the pitfalls of writing about fascists in a way that normalizes them. The piece was written in response to the controversial New York Times profile of white nationalist Tony Hovater and places the Hovater profile within the context of the puff pieces popular media outlets wrote about Hitler’s domestic life in the 1930s. “The deeply rooted cultural belief that we reveal our true selves at home gave these accounts the veneer of authenticity. And it was precisely this uncritical attitude that allowed not only Hitler’s PR team but also Hollywood agents to use such domestic profiles to mold their clients’ images and sweep any unpleasantness under the rug,” Stratigakos writes.
An article on Architecture Design about gentrification of Buffalo’s East Side and West Side and concerns among municipalities that feel stuck between the need to generate tax revenue through development and the fear of displacing residents when rents rise as a result of the increased development interviews Henry Louis Taylor Jr., director of the Center for Urban Studies. “If you play the long game in neighborhood revitalization, costs go down when equitable investments are made. Cities can be more creative around taxation and spending,” he said.
An article in Architect’s Newspaper about its 2017 Best of Design Awards reports the research award went to Jin Young Song, assistant professor of architecture, for Snapping Façade.
An opinion piece authored by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown notes the leadership that Robert Shibley, dean of UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, has provided in facilitating discussions on where a new passenger train station should be located in Buffalo. “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,” Brown wrote.
An article in The Independent that asked five architecture experts to name the one building or structure they wish had been preserved quotes Kerry Traynor, clinical associate professor of urban and regional planning, who lamented the loss of Humboldt Parkway, a crucial component of a much larger Buffalo park and parkway system that was demolished to make way for an expressway linking the suburbs and downtown. “In order to clear the way for the new highway – dubbed the Kensington Expressway – the state cut down trees, tore up the parkway and demolished homes. The new highway displaced families, divided neighborhoods by race and income and caused property values to plummet. As neighborhoods fell apart, businesses shuttered their doors,” she said.
An article on Professional Builder about builders who are embracing universal design concepts reports that nearly three years ago Beth Tauke, associate professor of architecture, and her sister built LifeHouse, a concept home completely based on universal design principles, in the lakefront planned community of Newport Cove in Illinois and had people tour the model and answer a 65-question survey. “Seventy-eight percent of the people on the tour said they saw value in owning a UD home. That’s really good news,” she said. “People have to see value before they’ll pay for it.”
An article on Buffalo Rising reports an international conference commemorating the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, his legacy and Buffalo’s preeminent place in the origins of the American Arts and Crafts movement will be celebrated Oct. 20-22, and includes an ongoing exhibition through Oct. 29 in Hayes Hall on the UB South Campus.
An article in Canadian Architect about the LafargeHolcim sustainability awards reports Sarah Gunawan, adjunct instructor of architecture in the UB School of Architecture and Planning, received third place in the Next Generation Prize for her playful project that imagines a wildlife habitat adapted into the single-family homes that make up Markham, Ontario.
An article about ways Western New York seniors can age actively reports a study conducted by the UB School of Architecture and Planning in 2012 found that Erie County has a higher population of seniors compared to the state or the nation.
An article in The Tennessean about Wall Street investors who have snapped up thousands of homes in Tennessee to convert them into rentals looks at the impact it will have on neighborhoods, and reports Robert Silverman, professor of urban and regional planning in the UB School of Architecture and Planning, and a colleague are gathering and analyzing property records from nine counties in the Greater Nashville market. “The single-family rental housing market is starting to get commercialized in ways that it hasn’t before,” he said. “There’s not a lot known about the impact on the housing market in general or the impact of neighbors or homeowners. That’s what this research is all about.”