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Buffalo and Elsewhere: Author Talks from Buffalo at the Crossroads

Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9:30am to 10:30am

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  • Peter Christensen, Assoc. Prof., Art History, University of Rochester, BArch ‘05, Cornell University
  • Claire Zimmerman, Assoc. Prof., Art History, University of Michigan
  • Marta Cieślak, Visiting Assist. Prof. of History, University of Arkansas – Little Rock
  • Jack Quinan, Distinguished Service Prof. Emeritus, University at Buffalo
  • Mary N. Woods, Prof. Emerita, Architecture, Cornell University
  • Jennifer Minner, Assoc. Prof., City and Regional Planning, Cornell University

Registration is not required; the link will be live on the day of the lecture: November 23rd @9:30am * The lecture will be recorded!

Just published by Cornell University Press, this new book brings together twelve authors who highlight the outsized importance of Buffalo, New York, within the story of American urbanism. Across the collection, they consider the history of Buffalo's built environment in light of contemporary developments and in relationship to the evolving interplay between nature, industry, and architecture.

      The essays examine Buffalo's architectural heritage in rich context: the Second Industrial Revolution; the City Beautiful movement; world's fairs; grain, railroad, and shipping industries; urban renewal and so-called white flight; and the larger networks of labor and production that set the city's economic fate. The contributors pay attention to currents that connect contemporary architectural work in Buffalo to the legacies established by its esteemed architectural founders: Richardson, Olmsted, Adler, Sullivan, Bethune, Wright, Saarinen, and others.

     Buffalo at the Crossroads is a compelling introduction to Buffalo's architecture and developed landscape that will frame discussion about the city for years to come.

      Professors Christensen, Woods, Cieślak, Quinan,and Zimmerman will speak about their contributions to the book, while Professor Minner will serve as a respondent.

Buffalo at the Crossroads by Peter H. Christensen | Paperback | Cornell University Press

Buffalo at the Crossroads is a diverse set of cutting-edge essays. The twelve authors highlight the outsized importance of Buffalo, New York, within the story of American urbanism. Across...

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