The School of Architecture and Planning is partnering with People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) to train Buffalo’s workforce in climate-resilient design and development. The effort will result in the Sustainability Workforce Training Center, a 2,500-square-foot, zero-net energy building that will house a six-week training program to prepare unemployed and underemployed individuals for the local green workforce, and the next generation of climate activists. The project leverages PUSH Buffalo’s efforts to expand local hiring opportunities and advance economic and climate justice with the School's faculty expertise in adapting the built environment to extreme weather and climate change.
In response to the tragic racist shooting in Buffalo on May 14, the faculty of the School of Architecture and Planning have been called upon by national media to help understand existing conditions across East Buffalo and inform the conversation about just how deeply racism is embedded in our urban context.
Members of the public recently joined with UB architecture students to see the results of an urban design studio engaging residents in reimagining the heart of the Bailey Green neighborhood on Buffalo's East Side.
This past Spring, senior architecture students working under the direction of Brad Wales and working in partnership with A Tiny Home for Good designed three tiny home prototypes for people experiencing homelessness and then developed them to permit-ready construction. The homes are now under construction in Syracuse and are scheduled for completion by June 2023.
An op-ed piece written by a group of food equity scholars from varied institutions affiliated with the UB Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab critiques the deficit-based view of East Buffalo that overlooks the work of Black individuals & organizations that have been strengthening the food system for decades.
A University at Buffalo article highlights the 2021 Center for Urban Studies report on inequality in Buffalo over the past three decades. Conducted with support from community and academic partners, the study focused on conditions impacting Black residents, and explained how discriminatory policymaking fueled decades of underdevelopment in predominantly Black neighborhoods. The report, titled “The Harder We Run: The State of Black Buffalo in 1990 and the Present,” is receiving renewed attention following the May 14 mass shooting at the Tops grocery store on Jefferson Avenue. “To me, it’s important to remember this history because it helps us understand how we are to respond to this attack,” says Henry-Louis Taylor, UB professor of urban planning and director of the Center for Urban Studies. “I keep making the connection that this attack can’t be seen as an isolated event, that it’s very much associated with the anti-critical race theory movement, and to the efforts across the country to suppress Black voters, and to the conditions of life under which our people live. We are fighting to build a society based on racial, social and economic justice."
An article on Slate.com about the shooting interviews Samina Raja of UB's Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab about how community members are dealing with food insecurity in the wake of the tragedy, and how histories of racial segregation have contributed to conditions of food apartheid in East Buffalo.
An article in The New York Times interviewing residents about the discrimination they have experienced over many years cites a report by the Center for Urban Studies showing the health, housing, income and education outcomes for Black people in Buffalo have not improved over 30 years.
As part of the School of Architecture and Planning’s Banham Fellowship, this exhibition is the culmination of a yearlong speculative research project exploring a collection of emergent properties in Buffalo and centered around three underlying concepts exploring spatial relationships and experiences of place.
Students and faculty are invited to join local practitioners for discussion on building effective mentorship relationships. Organized by AIA Buffalo/WNY, the event features presentations by Lori Brown of Syracuse University and ArchiteXX, Dr. Luis Colón, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence for UB's College of Arts and Sciences, and Brandon Baxter, a UB alum and emerging professional who will discuss his own mentoring experience.
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning invites all to attend final studio presentations across our programs in urban planning, environmental design, real estate development and historic preservation.
Join us on Saturday, April 30, for a book launch event and panel discussion celebrating the publication of “Beyond Sustainable” by Ryan Ludwig & “Climate Adaptation and Resilience Across Scales” by Nicholas Rajkovich and Seth Holmes.
Friday, April 29, 2022 - Friday, May 13, 2022 Join us for a week of critique and debate around the creative work of our students. Final Review week in the Department of Architecture features architectural studios from the undergraduate to graduate level as well as a day of thesis and directed research presentations.
Join Dolores Hayden, Professor Emerita of Architecture, Urbanism, and American Studies at Yale University, as she presents "Domestic Revolutions: Spaces of Care, Then and Now," reflecting upon how care work has evolved - particularly in context of the pandemic - and the implications of this labor for architecture and urban design.
Join Maggie Cao, David G. Frey Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as she examines South American and Caribbean landscapes, arguing that“hothouse” plants and ruins helped construct the southern tropics as a colonial space defined by racial hierarchies.
The public is invited to Buffalo's CEPA Gallery to view two internationally debuted exhibitions exploring the urban landscapes of Buffalo and the School’s work within them over the past 50 years. "The City and Its School" is on view through May 19.
A program in our Perspectives alumni speaker series, Joseph Piwowarski shares his journey to becoming deputy program director for cultural institutions with the New York City Department of Design and Construction.