BUFFALO Search Results: “urban planning”

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@ VOL 14 ON NOV 17, 2015

Rachel Adams 
Associate Curator
UB Art Galleries, University at Buffalo

Rachel Adams discusses her forthcoming exhibition at the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Wanderlust. This exhibition will be a survey of actions, showcasing the variety of artists exploring and creating work in an outdoor setting, which range in medium from drawing, photography, sculpture, installations, film, and video to performance and social practice taking place in both urban and rural landscapes.

For more information about the UB Art Galleries, visit

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Out of Plane

@ VOL 14 ON NOV 17, 2015

Daniel Vrana
Adjunct Researcher, 
Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo
The research presented in Daniel Vrana's Out of Plane examines the potential for kinetic expanding geometries to be used as a means of rationalization for complex curvature. Utilizing origami assemblies, a technique of manipulating internal forces acting on individual units is used rather than controlling the system’s form externally, inducing small shifts that inform the larger, global form changes that are able to occur.  
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The Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight

@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"The Belt Line … will be the next phase in Buffalo’s sustainable development."

In The Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 16, urbanist and preservationist, Chris Hawley, presents the Belt Line -- one of the most conspicuous and least-known features of Buffalo, NY. Each day, trains go by along it and people drive underneath and over it. It is the "third strand" in Buffalo's DNA, as important to the city's physical and economic geography as Joseph Ellicott's radial and grid plan and Frederick Law Olmsted's park and parkway system; as consequential to the city's development as the Erie Canal and Interstate Highway System.

The Belt Line was opened in 1883, with segments dating back to 1836. The rail line is 15 miles long, forming a continuous loop through Buffaloʼs downtown as well as the prominent industrial loft clusters that it helped to create. Today, the Belt Line's 12 million square feet of largely vacant or underutilized industrial space is the city's next frontier for sustainable development. Factory buildings are being recycled as mixed-use developments. These former industrial areas are becoming walkable centers again.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, July 27th, 2016. 

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How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature

@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"How do we start thinking about heat waves and why are heat waves so important?"

In How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, architect and University at Buffalo Professor, Nicholas B. Rajkovich describes the design of a bicycle-based weather station used to find the “hot spots” of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Every year in the United States, more people die from heat waves than any other type of natural disaster. Extreme heat events are expected to increase in the future due to climate change. Collecting a fine scale of microclimatic data can help to determine how physical characteristics contribute to human exposure to ground and air temperatures. These data also suggest how urban design strategies can reduce the impacts of the urban heat island effect. However, microclimate measurement poses substantial challenges. Rajkovich’s work investigates the intersection of energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, and climate change resilience.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. 


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Return of the Master Builder

@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"I tell people I wear two hats—one of the designer and one of the builder, but as I evolve I wish to wear one hat, that of the Master Builder."

In the Return of the Master Builder from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17Adjunct Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and Owner/Principle of HUME PROJECTS, LLC, Matthew Hume discusses his work creating residential and commercial projects, from the design phase through the construction phase. The traditional Master Builder once integrated both design and construction processes by direct involvement. The profession of architecture and processes of building are shifting back toward a more integrated approach forcing architects to re-evolve into earlier versions of themselves. Hume's recent work in design and construction projects serves as an example of this paradigm shift.

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Site-Based Performance: Development of a Process

@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

“We devised a few rules: Start with the architecture. Consider its history. Draw from its mythology.”

In "Site-Based Performance: Development of a Process" from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 17, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Torn Space Theatre in Buffalo, NY, Dan Shanahan, reveals Torn Space's process of developing site-based performance. Drawing from over 10 years of experience and eight original pieces for non-traditional performance venues, Shanahan addresses the influences, aesthetics, and rules for Torn Space's site-based performances.

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Buffalo Entertainment District Project, 1977-78

@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

“Think of me as a time traveler. I’m going to take you back to a place called Buffalo in the 1970s.”

In Buffalo Entertainment District Project, 1977-78 from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, attorney and urban renewal advocate, Frank Palen, recalls the creation of a historic district for theatre and culture from a once abandoned rust belt urban core. From 1977 to 1979, Palen was Research Associate in the Center for Community Research and Development at the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Environmental Design, serving as Coordinator of the Buffalo Entertainment District Project. The University at Buffalo’s graduate studio investigated the potential of promoting a theater district in what was then an increasingly abandoned section of Downtown, despite various setbacks and a challenging political climate. The result was a very high-profile effort that set an agenda for the redevelopment of Buffalo that continues today.

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Rethinking Resettlement

@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

"How can we make our endeavors clear and approachable enough that we can actually contribute to the public debate at a very high level?"

In Rethinking Resettlement from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, Erkin Özay, reviews some of the social and design issues involved in rehousing and supporting Buffalo, New York's new Americans. Özay's Spring 2016 UB graduate studio explored the potential for temporary and long-term housing for newly arrived refugees and immigrants, as well as the role of supporting institutions, community assets, and reimagining the existing housing stock. Özay's project investigates "compassionate urbanism." He is interested in how groups of limited means--new and existing residents--support each other through careful intersections. 

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The Seneca-Salamanca Leasehold Study

@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

"They wanted to infuse architecture with research and they proposed to build a pedagogical process around project work."

In The Seneca-Salamanca Leasehold Study from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, Research Associate Professor 
at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, Bradshaw Hovey, Ph.D., recounts how one of the great student research projects from the school's 50-year history was devised by the school's founding leadership. One of the very first projects to engage UB students was a paid commission for the Seneca Nation of Indians to advise them on negotiations for a new lease between the nation and the residents of the City of Salamanca, NY whose homes sat on Seneca land. That such a project would be undertaken by architecture students was a signal about how expansively the founders of the school conceived of its professional domain.

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Buffalo Niagara by Design

@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

"What was I thinking when I came to Buffalo? ... I was coming to join a social movement in our city and region, and I dove in head first."

In Buffalo Niagara Design from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, Dean and Professor of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, Robert Shibley, recounts his recruitment to Buffalo as Department Chair, 35 years ago. Upon the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the department, Shibley discusses his work with architecture and planning students, faculty and community members on various urban planning projects in the region. Across an arc of a quarter century, the UB Urban Design Project and the UB Regional Institute have been key players in the evolution of a broad regional planning framework.


SITEWIDE Search Results: “urban planning”

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New Cities Foundation: WhatWorks Channel

The New Cities Foundation's mission is to incubate, promote and scale urban innovations. WhatWorks is a speaker series curated by the Foundation aimed at finding the up-and-coming innovators working on solving the great urban challenges of our time, including energy, mobility, health, housing, and many more.

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Architecture for Humanity Channel

Architecture for Humanity is a 501(c)3 non-profit, that has been building a better future through the power of design for the past 15 years. We provide architecture, planning and project management services including construction management and post-occupancy analysis, and facilitate community engagement throughout each project. At the core of our mission, we believe everyone deserves access to the benefits of good design.

Shannon Urban
in Williston
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Leigh Ann Urban
Director of Marketing, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District in Harrisburg
Jan Urban
in Lublin
Władysław Urban
in North Las Vegas
Anna Urban
Student, Marquette University in Milwaukee


New Orleans @ Propeller Incubator
May 02, 2013

PAST Urban Innovation Happy Hour

Toronto @ Handle Bar
Apr 30, 2014

PAST PechaKucha Urban Innovation Month

New Cities Foundation: WhatWorks
Apr 01, 2014


Vologda @ ArtZone15|17
Jul 17, 2014


Wolfville @ Wolfville Farmer's Market
Mar 11, 2015


Pittsburg, KS @ Pittsburg State University, Kansas Technology Center
Apr 25, 2014


Ufa @ VDNH
Nov 21, 2015


Buffalo @ Hayes Hall
Sep 24, 2016


Moscow @ Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege’
Oct 17, 2015


Zaporizhzhya @ Chicago blues pub
Dec 17, 2016

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What Makes a Great City

@ VOL 2 ON APR 26, 2013

Jonathan X. Côté discusses the elements needed to make a city truly great. He states that Great Cities are not necessarily the biggest or most perfect places. However, a mix of certain aspects can turn a city into a fantastic place to live, and Côté shares with us just what it takes to create a great one.

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Transport and Urban Planning for People


As Julie Anne Genter — a Green Party member of New Zealand parliament — says, people need to get around the city, but there aren’t many choices. Cars take up a lot of space, create congestion, cost a lot of money, and make cities more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. Julie is working to implement people-oriented infrastructure, and remove outdated planning rules to make Auckland more efficient, liveable for its citizens.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 5, 2014.

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Záchrana lázní

@ VOL 1 ON DEC 04, 2015

Anna Strnadová & Jablonecké Lázně a jejich záchrana - spolek ArtProProstor.
Hledala inspiraci v obdobných projektech napříč republikou. Vzorem jí bylo pražské centrum Meet Factory, které spravuje David Černý.
ArtproProstor chce do Jablonce přivést progresivní umělce, studenty a absolventy pražských uměleckých škol, jako je HAMU či pražská taneční konzervatoř Duncan centre.


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Placemaking with People!

@ VOL 11 ON MAY 06, 2016

Mojgan Rasouli is a passionate Urban Planner and Designer who has great enthusiasm for developing vibrant and walkable neighbourhoods that promote health, safety and equity. Her presentation invites people to consider how placemaking inspires people to reinvent public spaces.

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Designing Bicycle Share Programming


Kris Moreau is a Brooklyn-based designer, maker, and writer. She wants to help catalyze more ecologically resilient urban systems through architecture and inclusive civic design. Listen to her PechaKucha presentation about how bicycle share programs are being designed in Portland and New Orleans.

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Rethinking the Newark Waterfront

@ VOL 18 ON MAY 18, 2017

Architectural and urban designer Jae Shin talks in this PechaKucha presentation about how we might advocate for accountable development of our cities through imaginative, community-focused design and planning practices. 

Jae Shin is a partner at Hector, an urban design, planning & civic arts studio, where recent projects have included a memorial for an eco-feminist nun, a riverfront park, and a large-scale exhibition commemorating the 350th anniversary of the founding of Newark, NJ, including a crowd-sourced scale model. Jae has recently served as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow at New York City Housing Authority, where she facilitated the agency’s efforts to define and implement design principles for safe, clean and connected communities. As an educator, Jae has led design studios at New Jersey Institute of Technology & Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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Crossing Boundaries

@ VOL 39 ON SEP 06, 2016

Ryan Gann with some observations on the US/Mexico border and suggests approaches to border civility.

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Planning for PKN Chennai

Chennai is one of the most recent cities to receive stewardship of PechaKucha Night, and it's a nice to see this post in which the new organizers start chronicling how they are going about preparing for the upcoming launch (which is set for May 15).

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A Guide to Post-Racial America and Urban Renewal in Genoa

Presentations Duante Beddingfield is a local writer whose work can be found in the Dayton Daily News and on the Welcome Dayton website. With his presentation (from PKN Dayton Vol. 10), Duante hopes to help guide us towards a post-racial America, by going through the "dos" and "don'ts" of having a black friend. Beatrice Moretti and Paola Sabbion are architects from URBAN LAB. In this presentation (in Italian, from PKN Genoa Vol. 1), they cover a project called the new City Urban Planning.
 The project involved the announcement of the Genoa Urban Plan 2010 through the publication of the Urban Lab Notebooks, and the staging of the exhibition "Genoa Today, Genoa Tomorrow" in December 2011, an extraordinary instrument of participation and opportunity for discussion. Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster you see above, for PKN San Juan (in Argentina) Vol. 7. It was designed by Francisco Riveros of Mundo Estudio. Photos We'll hopefully have more to share in the coming days, but for now here's a peek (above) at what the recent PKN Innsbruck Vol. 1 looked like -- and the event poster was posted to our Tumblr blog prior to the event. Calendar Tonight (July 19) we have St. Albert's first PKN, and there's a special edition PKN in Chicago. Tomorrow, it's Tijuana's turn to host its very first PKN, while Waterville has its Vol. 8. 

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Minor Urban Disasters

Each day we pass by what Ariel Schlesinger calls "Minor Urban Disasters". These can include, but are not limited to: lazy constructions, acts of frustration taken out on physical objects, and discarded or misplaced products.  In this edition of Presentation of the Day from PKN Tokyo Vol. 74, he points out the fact that most of us tend to overlook the humor, or sadness that can be found when coming into contact with these small peculiarities. One must have sympathy for the inanimate, for these senseless acts of human savagery and carelessness are vicious: cinder block heedlessly used to fill a circular window in Tel Aviv, a tossed-aside umbrella bent by some angry soul, bricks once painted with signs of guidance improperly re-situated, road signs knocked back by trucks not suited for the clearance height. Won't you open your heart to those who cannot defend themselves?

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Urban City Development in China

If there ever was a crystal ball into China's urban future, this is it: Thomas Hussey discusses China's current growth in urbanization. As we see in "Urban City Development in China" from PKN Chicago Vol. 25, although there are several challenges, such as outdated buildings, over-engineered highways, and pollution to deal with, they hope to redevelop the city, connect cities together, and create new cities entirely that would come to be potential solutions to those probelms. 

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Transport and Urban Planning for People

Cars take up a lot of space and cost a lot of money, we need better ways to get people around cities. As Julie Anne Genter — a Green Party member of New Zealand parliament — says, "People need to get around the city, but there aren’t many choices." Cars take up a lot of space, create congestion, cost a lot of money, and make cities more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. In "Transport and Urban Planning for People" from a special urban edition of PKN Auckland, we see that Julie is working to implement people-oriented infrastructure, and remove outdated planning rules to make Auckland more efficient, liveable for its citizens.

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Urban Food Forests

Urban farming, rooftop gardens, and sustainable growth are becoming ever-prominent practice in a metropolitan setting. Advisor at Ooooby James Samuel discusses the unsustainable industrial methods in which food is produced, its impact on the environment, and the resulting low quality products. In "Urban Food Forests" from a special edition of PKN Auckland, he goes into depth on a few projects working to source fresh food for the growing city populations the world over. Oooby provides urban communities with local food, and entrepreneurial individuals the opportunity to join their network. 

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TO BE RESCHEDULED - The Urban Food Movement

Please note due to Harrisburg's travel ban and the condition of the roads Pecha Kucha will not be taking place Monday 01/25. Please stay tuned for a rescheduled date.    

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New date for the Pecha Kucha Harrisburg Event - The Urban Food Movement  


Planning Meeting Thurs. Mar. 31

Our first planning meeting has been set for Thursday March 31, 7:30pm @ Four Seasons. Looking forward to getting started! Feel free to be in touch: JDLilongwe [at] yahoo [dot] com Jessica (for the PKN Lilongwe Team)


Planning Meeting -- tonight! 7:30 @ Chameleon

Hi All, Looking forward to this evening's PechaKucha Night planning meeting, 7:30pm @ Four Seasons (Chameleon) Jessica(for the PKN Lilongwe Team)