An urban planning studio that explored the historic value of building typologies along Niagara Falls Boulevard that date back to its origins as a mid-century tourist strip has been recognized by the New York Upstate chapter of the American Planning Association.
Urban planning scholar Vanessa Watson will visit the University at Buffalo next week to host conversations with the university and surrounding community on the intersection of rapid urbanization in Africa with issues of equity and conflict around food security and global health.
The Buffalo News reports that Dennis Maher, clinical professor of architecture in the UB School of Architecture and Planning, and his students have been studying old architectural renderings and blueprints designed by August Minks who, as part of A. Minks & Son Architects, designed nearly 40 buildings in Buffalo more than a century ago. Maher bought the documents for $20 at an estate sale in Grand Island. "I've been collecting things for 20 years," Maher said. "The essence of a lot of my work is repurposing found things, and also thinking about the built environment. I was basically unfolding and unfurling the drawings and realizing what a treasure trove this is."
An article in The New York Times quotes Robert Silverman, professor of urban and regional planning, about Apple’s $2.5 billion plan to help address affordable housing issues in California. Initiatives like Apple’s “definitely relieve some of the pressure on the housing market,” said Silverman, an affordable housing expert. “But you need an extensive policy at the state or federal level to reach more people.”
The Conversation published an article by Nicholas Rajkovich, assistant professor of architecture, about how architects and engineers must design buildings differently as the climate changes. "We interviewed more than 40 architects, engineers, planners and government officials in the northeastern United States to understand how they were preparing," he writes. "The majority of building-related professionals assumed that future weather conditions would resemble the past. But trends in the data show that this is not the case." Numerous news outlets carried the story online, including Phys.org, the Times Union in Albany, San Francisco Chronicle and Houston Chronicle.
A Buffalo Newsstory on the 2.5-acre playground to be located in the center of what will become Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park is part of a $40 million remake of LaSalle Park quotes Robert Shibley, professor and dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, and senior fellow at UB’s Regional Institute, which is partnering with the Wilson Foundation and City of Buffalo on the project. Children’s feedback on proposals has been a priority, according to Shibley. “We start from a premise, ‘Who’s the park for?’” said Shibley. “How do you get children in a range of ages to express what they care about in a way you could actually take action around? What do you like best? What would you like to see that you don’t see? Can you show me?”
Peter Galison, the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor at Harvard University, works at the intersection of physics, history and philosophy of science, and film. Galison will present "Philosophy of the Shadow," addressing the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration's hunt for an objective image of a black hole
Vanessa Watson, professor of urban planning at the University of Cape Town, is UB's 2019 Will and Nan Clarkson Chair in Planning. She will present a public lecture on the disconnect between visions for and realities in African cities and engage in workshops with faculty, students and community members.
Join Ann Lui, founding principal of Chicago-based Future Firm, for a discussion on how alternative futures reconfigure our histories and current conditions, as well as the worlds to come? Lui is currently visiting associate professor of architecture at UB.