Projects and publications

Houses on a flooded street after Hurricane Sandy.

Our faculty, researchers, and students engage in purposeful research that tackles complex societal challenges and generates transformational impacts both locally and globally.

Faculty research is catalyzed by diverse partnerships with public, nonprofit and private partners and prominent public, nonprofit and industry funding sources. Outcomes include peer-reviewed publications, books and evidence-based action in new plans, policies, designs, and programs in Buffalo and beyond. The breadth of our impact spans the fields of inclusive design, food systems planning, material and build systems development, and climate resilient design.   

12/3/19
Assistant professor of architecture Charles Davis II reveals the parallels between race and style in modern architecture.
10/29/19
Bailey Green is an on-going community development initiative in the heart of Buffalo’s East Side led by professor of urban planning Hrioaki Hata.
9/17/19
Professor of urban planning Daniel B. Hess and Tiit Tammaru of the University of Tartu, Estonia are editors of this book focusing on the formation and later socio-spatial trajectories of large housing estates in the Baltic countries—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
9/17/19
Professor of urban planning Daniel B. Hess and Evan Iacobucci examine the role of historic entry gateways to American streetcar suburbs as markers of exclusivity. 
8/30/19
Assistant professor of urban planning Ashima Krishna and Masters of Urban Planning graduate Enjoli Hall examine the conversion of former churches on the East Side of Buffalo as they are transformed into spaces for other faiths.
6/26/19
Professors of urban planning Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. and Robert Silverman join associate professor of urban planning Li Yin collaborated on the Buffalo Turning The Corner Initiative through the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership University at Buffalo Center for Urban Studies.
6/13/19
Based on observations that spaces of play are rare moments where people from different economic, political and racial backgrounds share experiences, and influenced by the opportunistic infill-urbanism of Aldo van Eyck in post WWII Amsterdam, we propose a network of social infrastructures for playful encounters in the public realm.
5/30/19
Hidden in Plain Sight is Joyce Hwang and Nerea Feliz's proposal for a series of urban furnishings that aim to amplify and bring awareness to various forms of urban “life” through visual, tactile and ecological means. The project is designed to support an inclusive web of interdependent species, both human and non-human.
3/20/19
Snap Interlock Module System (SIMS), developed by UB associate professor of architecture Jin Young Song, imagines a new system for building with steel in the 21st century construction industry. The prototype is the winner of the 2019 Forge Prize.
3/4/19
Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, and Clifford Amoako explore informal housing dynamics in Kumasi, Ghana.
3/4/19
Edited by professor of architecture Brian Carter, This book considers the contemporary house through close scrutiny of works designed by Ian MacDonald, and the ideas that are embedded within them. 
3/4/19
Professor of urban planning Daniel B. Hess describes a fare-free public transport program in Tallinn, Estonia.
3/4/19
Professor of urban planning Daniel B. Hess examines, twenty-five years after the disintegration of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), the vision and implementation of transport planning in these modernist residential districts.
3/4/19
Bumjoon Kang, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, and collaborators work to to provide operational definitions of utilitarian and recreational walking and to objectively measure their behavioral, spatial, and temporal differences in order to inform transportation and public health policies and interventions.
3/4/19
Assistant professor of architecture Martha Bohm studies potential benefits of Urban Agriculture (UB), specifically food production in cities for residents lacking good access to fresh, healthy foods. 
3/4/19
Professor of urban planning Daniel B. Hess investigates the repealing of parking minimum requirements in Buffalo.
3/4/19

So Ra Baek Martha Bohm join UB mathematics associate professor John Ringland in developing tools to characterize food cultivation practices along roadside transects as a potential complement to traditional remote sensing approaches.

1/28/19
So-Ra Baek, Samina Raja and collaborators how the cultural backgrounds of caregivers influence their perceptions and attitudes toward their children's active commuting to school.
1/28/19
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT) researches and develops methods to empower consumers, manufacturers, and service providers in the design and evaluation of accessible transportation equipment, information services, and physical environments.
1/28/19

The Community Resilience Lab led by Zoé Hamstead and Nicholas Rajkovich, along with collaborators from ASU and Temple University, examine different ways in which extreme heat and cold impact U.S. cities.

1/28/19
Assistant professor of urban planning Zoé Hamstead and collaborators use the Technomass indicator to depict urbanization as a continuous variable.
1/28/19
In collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), this series of reports lead by Nicholas Rajkovich help New York’s policymakers, architects, builders, building owners and managers, and residents understand the impacts climate change has on the State’s building sector. 
1/28/19
Professor of urban planning Samina Raja is the principal investigator for this five-year comprehensive research, education, and extension initiative aimed at strengthening local and regional food systems in the United States by building local governments' capacity to reconnect farmers with under-served consumers.
1/1/19
Bumjoon Kang, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, evaluates associations between the installation of eleven street design elements, between 2007 and 2015, and subsequent changes in vehicle-to-pedestrian collisions in New York City
1/1/19
Assistant professor of urban planning Zoé Hamstead and collaborators use mapping to predict the effects of extreme heat in New York City.
12/19/18
Bumjoon Kang, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, and Chunyuan Diao investigate the feasibility of suburban walking school bus programs by studying conditions at Sweet Home Central School District in Western New York.
12/19/18
Professor Robert Silverman guest edited this special issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs (JUA) which reframes the discussion of shrinking cities, placing an emphasis on the analysis of policies to promote social justice and equity.
11/11/18
Julia Jamrozik, assistant professor of architecture, and Sarah Gunawan discuss an innovative approach to age-foccused design.
11/1/18
Assistant professor of urban planning Zoé Hamstead and collaborators analyze geographic human visitation dynamics in all New York City parks using Twitter and Flickr data.
10/24/18

Presenting artifacts, images and findings from students' weeklong exploration of the urban fabric of Venice, the exhibition reveals the effects of tourism on the historic, cultural and physical landscapes of a city.

10/15/18
Korydon Smith, Tomà Berlanda and colleagues explore the pressing challenges and opportunities to be found in planning, designing, and constructing a healthy, equitable, and sustainable city. 
10/1/18
Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, examines the rules that are often chosen to frame decentralization in Ghana.
9/5/18
Urban planning professor Robert Silverman, PhD student Chihuangji Wang and collaborators examine the socio–spatial distribution of properties in single family home (SFR) real estate investment trusts (REIT) portfolios to determine if SFR REIT properties tend to cluster in distinct areas.
8/1/18
Associate professor of architecture Martha Bohm reports the design process and measured performance of the University at Buffalo's net-zero energy prototype, the GRoW Home.
7/27/18
Dean Robert Shibley, and fellow 2017 Rudy Bruner Award (RBA) medalists provide powerful examples of how local leadership and investment in urban infrastructure can build and strengthen communities, catalyze economic development, and inspire civic pride in cities across America.
7/1/18
Assistant professor of urban planning Zoé Hamstead and collaborators use social media data to measure patterns of urban park visitation and assess factors influencing use.
5/16/18
This studio, led by clinical assistant instructor of architecture Stephanie Cramer instructor worked with urban planning professor Hiroaki Hata’s neighborhood master plan to design homes that fitted the area’s narrow 30-foot lots.
3/20/18
Julia Jamrozik, assistant professor of architecture, and Coryn Kempster have undertaken a series of interviews with individuals who were, as children, the first inhabitant of radical buildings from the early twentieth century.
3/7/18
Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, makes an initial contribution towards building a polycentricity index to account for the governing of social–ecological systems.
3/1/18
Bumjoon Kang, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, and collaborators assess the associations between a change in time spent walking and a change in total physical activity (PA) time within an urban living adult sample, to test for additive or substitution effects.
2/1/18
Chris Romano’s project Light/Station transformed an abandoned gas mart into a striking 1,545-square-foot design studio, green room and conference facility for Buffalo-based Torn Space, a critically acclaimed, avant-garde theater company.
1/1/18
Daniel B. Hess and collaborators explore the formation and socio-spatial trajectories of large housing estates in Europe. 
12/17/17

This essay by Brian Carter seeks to examine integrated design and trace the development of the factory as a building type.

12/4/17
Assistant professor of architecture Charles Davis II and collaborators' article in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. 
9/28/17
Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, and collaborators review principles of social cognition and decision making that shape and constrain how environmental governance systems adapt.
9/1/17
Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, and Clifford Amoako explore informal housing dynamics in Kumasi, Ghana.
6/22/17
Working with patterns, order, colour and density, this garden is a play on formal traditional gardens with contemporary ready-made means and hyper un-natural materials.
6/13/17
Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, collaborates with Davina Osei and Thomas Yeboah.
5/1/17
Assistant professor of architecture Charles Davis II examines the racial politics of Louis Sullivan's democratic vision for American architecture, as manifest in his interpretations of physiognomic character in people and the built environment and in his reflections on U.S. nationalism.
4/30/17
Professor and associate professor of urban planning Robert Silverman and Li Yin along with associate professor of social work Kelly Patterson examine the content and structure of the new affirmatively furthering fair housing mapping tool (AFFH-T) developed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of its new assessment of fair housing (AFH) process.
4/14/17
Ashima Krishna, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, contributes this chapter of Urban Archaeology, Municipal Government and Local Planning: Preserving Heritage within the Commonwealth of Nations and the United States, edited by Sherene Baugher, Douglas R. Appler and William Moss.
3/21/17
Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, and Margath Walker develop a new method for visualizing knowledge production which is attentive to the multiple elements embedded in research processes. 
3/7/17
Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, and Margath Walker address two critical issues within the urban legal nexus of Accra by placing nomotropism in dialogue with legal pluralism.
2/9/17
Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, and Wes Grooms examine Advocacy Planning through the lens of political–economic urban governance theories—primarily Growth Machine.
1/5/17
The 3rd volume in the series curated by architecture faculty member Miguel Guitart and partner Daniel Gimeno. this collection of texts illumnates practicioners visions, teaching methods and ways of designing, and transports the reader to an intimate place which has inspired the works of some of the most outstanding architects of our time.
12/1/16
Assistant professors So Ra Baek & Bumjoon Kang (urban planning) and collaborators compare physical activity between Korean immigrant women and White women.
11/1/16
Assistant professor of urban planning Zoé Hamstead and collaborators introduce a simple and reproducible approach for classifying the structure of urban landscapes (STURLA) that utilizes heterogeneous, composite classes which represent combinations of built and natural features, and examine the response of a landscape function – surface temperature.
10/12/16
Working in close collaboration with the Buffalo Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Professor Edward Steinfeld’s studio developed proposals for new-build homes to be assembled by Habitat volunteers.
9/1/16
Assistant professor So Ra Baek (urban planning) and collaborators engage in a pilot-study to ascertain the characteristic walking patterns and neighborhood features in residential areas of Seoul, Korea and Seattle, USA.
8/1/16
Assistant professor of urban planning Zoé Hamstead and collaborators use New York City (NYC) as a case study to evaluate and analyze how the value of multiple ecosystem services of urban green infrastructure shifts with shifting governance priorities. 
5/27/16
This art installation takes an element commonly found in parks and playgrounds - the swing-set - and by questioning its conventional linear arrangement achieves a transformation that is abstract, spatial, political and interactive.
4/19/16
Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, and Anthony Filipovitch study parking supply and pricing.
4/12/16
So-Ra Baek, Samina Raja and collaborators how the cultural backgrounds of caregivers influence their perceptions and attitudes toward their children's active commuting to school.
4/10/16
Assistant professor of architecture Jin Young Song analyzes Korea's Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Cultural Center’s planning and design strategy.
4/5/16
Assistant professor of urban planning Zoé Hamstead and collaborators engage in a three-year Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services research project assessed urban ecosystem services and biodiversity in seven cities in Europe and the United States.
3/23/16
Robert Silverman, Li Yin and collaborators explore the reasons for the failure (and success) of affordable housing experiences in the fastest shrinking cities in the US. 
1/30/16
Assistant professor of urban planning Ashima Krishna examines historic preservation in Lucknow, India.
11/5/15
Professor and associate professor of urban planning Robert Silverman and Li Yin along with associate professor of social work Kelly Patterson and urban planning PhD student Laiyun Wu focus on the manner in which affordable housing fits into anchor-based strategies for urban revitalization.
10/8/15
Assistant professor of urban planning Zoé Hamstead and Peleg Kremer study the transformation of urban vacant lots.
9/26/15
He, She & It is a collection of three distinct buildings for three different spatial needs, collaged into a single structure. The 1500 sq ft building houses work spaces for a painter, a ceramist/silversmith, and a greenhouse. Each space offers an atmosphere which differs radically from the others.
9/1/15
The project for the new Santa Maria Parish Center in Bonavista offers a specific solution to the needs of the program and the liturgy taking as a starting point two premises recurrent throughout the history of the Catholic Church: monumentality and mystery.
4/8/15
Assistant professor of architecture Martha Bohm, MArch graduate Gabrielle Printz & associate professor of architecture Joyce Hwang examine the shifting landscape of patronage within the field of architecture.
4/8/15
The work in Radical Tectonics, by Annette LeCuyer champions the ingenuity of craft and the exploration of surface form and creative expression to set new benchmarks of spatial complexity for the twenty-first century
4/8/15
This book by professor Annette LeCuyer provides an introduction to the characteristics of ETFE and its applications in construction. It explores the specific characteristics of ETFE building skins in the areas of structural behavior, light transmission, insulation, acoustics, fire engineering and environmental modification.
4/8/15

Yesterday's standards and processes are rapidly becoming out-dated, and it is high time that the most recent advances are documented in a systematic overview by Annette LeCurey.

2/27/15
Café Fargo is a formerly neglected corner store converted into a small coffee shop in a residential neighborhood of Buffalo, NY. The former store, built in 1929, is a monolithic brick addition to the corner of a 3-story brick house built around 1880.
1/1/15
Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah, assistant professor of urban and regional planning, and Clifford Amoako explore the various causes of flood hazards in Accra.
10/8/14
Assistant professor of urban planning Ashima Krishna examines preservation of historic Hindu temples in India.
10/8/13
Assistant professor of urban planning Ashima Krishna examines adptive use of Hindu temple sites in India.
5/31/13
The research represented by project 2XmT has an underlining goal of producing self-structuring and lightweight architectural screens built entirely from thin-gauge sheet metal. Using only textured stainless steel, the research attempts to investigate the relationship between structure and appearance through performative analyses at full-scale.
5/30/12
Elevator B is a 22 -foot-tall, free-standing steel, glass and cypress tower that was raised in "Silo City," an area along the Buffalo River where several massive abandoned grain elevators are located. The bee colony that now inhabits the tower was living in the walls of a long unused outbuilding destined for rehabilitation.
7/20/10
With his co-authors, professor of architecture Korydon Smith shows how the housing industry can be reworked to better serve the needs of the elderly and of persons with disabilities.
7/20/10
Professor of architecture Edward Steinfeld and senior research specialist at the IDeA Center Jonathan White's book focuses on housing that provides access to people with disabilities while benefiting all residents and that incorporates inclusive design practices into neighborhood and housing designs without compromising other important design goals.