UB Master of Architecture student Deron Charlery was recently awarded the 2022 Gensler Rising Black Designers Scholarship, a prestigious award made by the global design firm to break down barriers to entry into the profession of architecture for Black students.
Thanks to the efforts of three UB urban planning students determined to apply their skills in the surrounding community, an immigrant-owned business on Buffalo’s East Side is getting a complete storefront makeover.
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.
The public lecture series for the 2022-23 academic year is dedicated to the entwined, even hopeful, themes of Recovery/Reclamation as a reflective response to the racially motivated shooting at the Tops supermarket on Buffalo’s East Side on May 14, 2022. In response, we will engage a range of speakers who address the subjects of recovery and reclamation through their work in an effort to place this recent tragedy within a broader history and perspective.
A program in our Perspectives alumni speaker series, Barbara Campagna shares her journey to becoming “the leading national architect and policymaker for the integration of preservation values into green building practices." (AIA, 2009)
Join Mark Shepard, UB associate professor of architecture and media study, for the launch of his award-winning book, There Are No Facts, examining the uncommon ground we share in a post-truth world, featuring a reception and panel discussion with leading experts across the fields of architecture and media.
Jerome W Haferd, of CCNY, highlights work in the public and pedagogical realm which deals with intersectional questions of queerness, Blackness, and otherness as they reorient our space-making and space-taking vocabulary for both architecture and urban design.
Join us as Adedoyin Teriba, assistant professor of modern and contemporary architecture & urbanism at Dartmouth College, examines the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture as a space to explore American identity and citizenship.