Welcome to all - students, faculty and staff - to the start of a new academic year as we return to campus and a ‘new normal’ of learning together. We are ready, after months of careful and intensive planning to ensure that we can learn together – in place – while supporting the health and safety of our community.
An article on the revival of architectural terra cotta in Metropolis Magazine features the Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop, a multi-year research partnership between UB and Boston Valley Terra Cotta focused on terra cotta facade prototype development.
An article in Architect Magazine on extreme weather events and their impact on the resilience of the built environmet quotes UB architecture professor Nicholas Rajkovich and cites his research on "Adapting Buildings for a Changing Climate" as a guide for professionals and policymakers.
The Buffalo News reports on how Buffalo organizations plan to use food to empower people and build a new economy that benefits working-class residents. It mentions the groups are working with UB’s Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, which is led by Samina Raja, professor of urban and regional planning.
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."
Join professor of urban planning Henry Louis Taylor Jr., for a conversation on race, class and the underdevelopment of Black neighborhoods, including predatory development practices in the city-building process.
Architect and educator Jennifer Newsom presents this year's Bethune Lecture as she considers racial constructs in the built environment as openings for critical public engagement in design. Newsom is assistant professor of architecture with the University of Minnesota and co-founder of Dream The Combine, which creates art and architecture as sites of interaction.
Join Erkin Özay, assistant professor of architecture at UB, and Paola Aguirre Serrano of Borderless Studio, for a conversation about Ozay's new book, Urban Renewal and School Reform in Baltimore (Routledge, 2020), which examines the role of the contemporary public school as an instrument of urban design.
Join Jeffrey Lowe, associate professor or urban planning at Texas Southern University, as he explores the experience of the African American planner and their efforts towards racial inclusion, social justice, and diversity in the planning movement.
We're pleased to welcome Kunlé Adeyemi as our 2020 Clarkson Chair in Architecture. Adeyemi, an architect, designer and development researcher, is the founder and principal of NLÉ – an architecture, design and urbanism practice for innovating cities and communities.