PechaKucha Buffalo, in partnership with the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, was pleased to present PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 18: UB School of Architecture & Planning 50th Anniversary: Looking Forward, Looking Back. Part of a weekend of commemorative events celebrating the reopening of Hayes Hall at the University at Buffalo, this special morning session of fast-paced presentations by architects, designers and urban planners was held at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 24, 2016 in the Edmund B. Hayes Hall auditorium at the University at Buffalo South Campus, 3435 Main Street in Buffalo, NY.
Hayes Hall has been home to the School of Architecture and Planning for 40 of its nearly 50 years in existence. The reopening of Hayes Hall offered an opportunity not only to reflect on the life of the building – before as well as during its occupancy by the School – but also to consider the trajectory of the school as an intellectual, scholarly, and professional enterprise.
There are so many stories about the life and work of people in the School of Architecture and Environmental Design/Planning in Buffalo and its broader region that it was hard to know where to start. This session, open to the public, featured presentations of some of the many significant stories of the past half century.
The line-up of presentations included:
Seneca-Salamanca Leasehold Study – Bradshaw Hovey. One of the very first projects undertaken by the School of Architecture and Environmental Design through the Buffalo Organization for Social and Technological Innovation (BOSTI).
The Entertainment District Project – Frank Palen. An urban design studio, instigated by Dean Harold L. Cohen, which changed the fate of downtown Buffalo, by a former project staffer.
Buffalo Niagara by Design – Robert Shibley. Across an arc of a quarter century, the Urban Design Project and the UB Regional Institute have been key players in the evolution of a broad regional planning framework.
Universal Design –Edward Steinfeld. Over three decades, the IDeA Center has led the way in understanding how the built environment affects access and designing ways to make it easier for people of all abilities.
Architecture in Education – Beth Tauke and Randy Fernando. Faculty and students from the Department of Architecture have been working with area practitioners in the Buffalo Public School students for years to introduce the idea of architecture, concepts in the practice, and career possibilities.
Housing Buffalo’s New Americans – Erkin Ozay. A recent studio explored the potential for temporary and long-term housing for newly-arrived refugees and immigrants in Buffalo.
PechaKucha Buffalo wishes to thank Dean Shibley for the invitation to participate in the celebration. The School of Architecture and Planning and its partners in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and across the region have had a fruitful partnership these past 50 years. Indeed, engagement in the region – its communities, industry and practice environment – has been a cornerstone of the school’s pedagogy since its inception. It was a pleasure to experience this work through six stories in the distinctive PechaKucha format.