Water, Wind, and Steel

Water, Wind, and Energy.

"Water, Wind, and Steel": a still from the film, of wind turbines on the former site of Bethlehem Steel along Buffalo's Lake Erie shoreline.

Exemplary of Buffalo’s intrepid industrial past, the former site of Bethlehem Steel on the shores of Lake Erie was once the largest steel mill in the world, employing over 20,000 people. Once among the region’s largest energy consumers, the former contaminated (“Superfund”) site now adjoins a nature preserve and produces 35 megawatts of power per year through 14 state-of-the-art wind turbines.

The city's post-industrial landscape is a site of investigation for innovations in clean energy, brownfield remediation and adaptive reuse, and regenerative economic development.

Visions and Works

The collection of grain elevators at Silo City is an impressive enough site, the industrial behemoths towering over the Buffalo River. But a project created by UB freshman architecture students this spring lends a unique perspective to the grain elevators, and the landscape.

With funding from National Science Foundation, two architecture and urban planning faculty members are studying the impacts of heat and cold in Tempe and Buffalo.

UB Landscape designer Sean Burkholder leaves room for a new 'urban ecology' along the edge of te Great Lakes Basin
The UB Regional Institute's planning work with the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council has helped lay the foundation for Buffalo’s resurgence.
A graduate urban planning studio’s plan for preserving the cultural and historical landscape of Buffalo’s Scajaquada Creek corridor has won the American Planning Association New York Upstate Chapter “Outstanding Student Project” award for 2017.
Apply the planning process to the sustainable development of cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Develop environmental design solutions that restore natural resources; minimize the negative effects of human settlements on ecosystems; identify opportunities for landscape reclamation; and ethically mitigate the impact of environmental problems on human health and urban and regional systems.