Director of UB's Center for Urban Studies and a member of the urban planning faculty for more than 30 years, Henry Taylor continues to bring his impassioned perspective on urban life and racial justice to both the university and the city he calls home.
UB researchers were the driving force behind the publication last week of a major report that details strategies local governments in low- and middle-income countries can use to create more innovative and equitable community food systems.
Robert Silverman, professor of urban planning, participates in a Wallethub Q&A on the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and the positive and negative effects. Silverman was among a panel of experts consulted for their perspective on the biggest challenges faced by cities experiencing rapid population growth, questions of social justice, and whether authorities should do more to ensure current residents aren’t “priced out” of established neighborhoods in the face of population growth. The interview also addresses expectations for a reshaping of large cities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UB architecture professor Charles L. Davis II was featured in The Crimson, the student newspaper of Harvard University, to discuss his research on antiracist architecture in an online lecture hosted by the Graduate School of Design. His lecture, entitled “Cannon Fodder: Debating the Racial Politics of Canonicity in Modern Architectural History,” called for an antiracist framework when viewing architecture both in the past and the present.
The Washington Post reviewed “Hitler’s Northern Utopia,” a new book by Despina Stratigakos, professor of architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning. “Drawing from a staggering trove of archival letters, maps, plans and diaries, Stratigakos’s ‘Hitler’s Northern Utopia’ gracefully juxtaposes the oppressor’s dream with Norway’s brutal reality as she examines the country’s occupation and the labor force that worked on building the Nazi fantasy state that never was,” the reviewer writes.
Henry Louis Taylor Jr., professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and director of UB’s Center for Urban Studies, wrote an opinion article for NBC News titled “Breonna Taylor’s death and racist police violence highlight danger of gentrification.” In the article, Taylor wrote: “Breonna Taylor is just one of many Black women and men who have been killed by police recently. But her death highlights a distinct genre of racially motivated police aggression, harassment and violence that has emerged over the past two decades. White in-migration to cities has created places where dangerous encounters frequently occur between Blacks and the police.” The article also appeared in DNYUZ.
Join us for the 2021 Jammal International Lecture with Ben Davy, visiting professor of law at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa), who will consider the disintegration of key values of urban governance: hope, generosity, self-restraint, justice and simplicity.
March 24, 2021 Join us for a talk with Pascale Sablan, an associate with Adjaye Associates and founder and executive director of Beyond the Build Environment. Her lecture, "I Was Asked to Stand," educates and empowers us to understand the cause and possible solutions to the disparity in the lack of representation, documentation, and acknowledgement of the great works of women and bipoc designers. T
March 12, 2021 Join us for a talk with Ashanté Reese, assistant professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Reese will present a lecture titled Nourishing and Sustaining Black Lives: Thinking, Writing, and Living Beyond “Access”.
March 10, 2021 We are pleased to welcome Sierra Bainbridge of MASS Design Group as the 2019-20 Clarkson Chair in Architecture. Bainbridge leads MASS Design's work on the Kayanja Center, a rural health care center in Uganda, and school projects in the DRC, Tanzania, Zambia and Rwanda.