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As the journal of student work for the year 2020, Intersight 23 chronicles the School of Architecture and Planning’s inspired response to a historic moment. It is an honest and hopeful exploration of how a community of students and their faculty struggled, adapted and grew together during a time of unrelenting challenge. The body of student work cataloged here is the ultimate triumph, revealing that out of the disruption we have emerged with new insight, agency and aspirations for a better world.
Construction is nearing completion on a specialty coffee facility in Africa that is expected to infuse vital new economic opportunities around one of the world’s most coveted agricultural commodities, while potentially being replicated in other coffee-producing parts of the world.
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.
‘Volatile Ecologies’ is a design expedition examining the environmental degradation in the industrial waterfront of Buffalo through the lens of scenario planning and prototype making. The exhibition features the research of Zherui Wang, UB's 2020-21 Peter Reyner Banham Fellow, and students in his fall 2020 graduate studio at UB.
Feb. 10, 2021 Join us for a book launch lecture with Daniel B. Hess and Alex Bitterman, co-editors of The Life and Afterlife of Gay Neighborhoods: Renaissance and Resurgence (Springer, 2021), which provides an in-depth overview of the formation, maturation, current challenges, and future prospects of LGBTQ+ spaces in urban environments.
In celebrating Reyner Banham's 99th birthday and the 20th year anniversary of Banham Fellowship at the University at Buffalo, “20 Years, 21 Banham Fellows” is a symposium organized around themes explored in Banham’s experimental criticism.
Feb. 24, 2021 Join us for a talk on the legacies of whiteness in urban planning with Edward G. Goetz, a professor of urban planning with the University of Minnesota. Goetz specializes in housing and local community development planning and policy with a focus on issues of race and poverty.
Students, local professionals, and community activists are invited to attend an information session on UB's programs in historic presevation. Join the conversation on the state of historic preservation in Buffalo in past, present and future contexts.
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.
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 17, 2021 Join us for a panel conversation with women faculty of the School of Architecture and Planning on opportunities for advancing gender equity and future feminist directions for the planning and design disciplines.
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.
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.