Skip to Content
ublogo print

University at Buffalo Libraries

Architecture & Planning Library

Architecture & Planning

Ineffably Urban: Imaging Buffalo (Book Launch and Reception)

Ineffably Urban: Imaging Buffalo (Book Launch and Reception)
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Thursday, May 1st at 7pm

The book is a collection of critical essays and rich imagery by scholars, artists and community members, some of whom were participants in the 2011 “Ineffably Urban” Symposium.

The book launch will feature talks and book signings by the contributors, who will offer the audience a smorgasbord of intriguing and unexpected ways in which they addressed the Nickel City. The book includes essays by UB Architecture faculty and alumni: Hadas Steiner, Dennis Maher, Jordan Geiger, Jean-Michel Reed.

It is an event that will be of interest to Buffalo history buffs, photo lovers, non-academics and academics of many stripes.

The goal of the book, as was that of the symposium, is the exploration of the conflicting imagery, identities and many narratives of Buffalo and similarly situated cities that have emerged through art in recent years: stories told by garbage, old industrial giants, urban farming, even abandoned shopping carts.

- See more at:

Ineffably Urban: Imaging Buffalo
APL book collection: N8214.5 .U6 I54 2013
Table of Contents:
After-Urban. The world according to rubble / Jeff Byles
The Fargo House / Dennis Maher
American pyromania / J.M. Reed
Peripheral spaces / Julian Montague
Excavations: last house / Carl Lee
Retro-Urban. Imagining the managed city: Buffalo 1804-1929 / Peter B. Hales
Portraits of the Ineffable City: Milton Rogovin’s serial photography / Michael Frisch, Miriam Paeslack
The grain of the image / Hadas Steiner
Thoughts on ‘A’ / Greg Halpern
Future-urban. Buffalo: a place in search of a brand / Mimi Zeiger
Nature resurged: Buffalo’s new pastoral / Aaron Bartley
Urban decodings from the inside out / Dorothea Braemer
‘Tough stuff from the Buff’ / Julie Perini, David Grayson
Mapping refugee urbanism. Visual languages of sensing, play, and immigration policy / Jordan Geiger
Afterword / Mark Goldman.

Into the Wild: Joyce Hwang’s practice, Ants of the Prairie

Posted on: |

Joyce Hwang’s practice, Ants of the Prairie, is generating buzz with innovative projects that create urban habitats for bees, bats, and other threatened species.
NEXT PROGRESSIVES From: ARCHITECT April 2014 Posted on: April 1, 2014

“Ants act as individuals and as part of a super-organism,” says Joyce Hwang, AIA. That’s also how she sees architects’ role in designing the built environment—distinct yet connected. In 2004, Hwang, who got her B.Arch. from Cornell University, founded Ants of the Prairie in Buffalo, N.Y., a quirky, innovative research and design shop with the aim of “confronting the pleasures and horrors of our contemporary ecologies.” She has built her practice around finding ways to incorporate animal habitats into urban areas and projects, helping to stabilize landscapes for bees and other threatened species. Her Bat Tower design—she hopes the concept will soon dot the rooftops of Manhattan—and other experiments with bat housing helped her win a 2014 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York.

Now an associate professor of architecture at the State University of New York’s Buffalo campus, Hwang spent the formative years of her career entering competitions—for the High Line and a proposed American Museum of Slavery—and also worked for Carlos Ferrater and his Office of Architecture in Barcelona.

read the rest of article from Architect

Posted in News | Comments Off

WNYSEA Hosts UB Solar Decathlon Presentation

Posted on: |

WNYSEA Hosts UB Solar Decathlon Presentation
Buffalo Rising

On Monday, April 7, fans of green architecture are invited to attend the WNY Sustainable Energy Association’s UB Solar Decathlon Presentation where UB Professor of Architecture Martha Bohm and UB Clinical Assistant Professor of Architecture Brad Wales (along with their graduate students) will unveil and discuss renderings of the GRoW House (featured here).

The sustainable house is being built in Greater Buffalo, then will be shipped to Irvine California for judging, before coming back to Buffalo where it will serve as an urban living laboratory for green studies.

WNYSEA Hosts UB Solar Decathlon Presentation

Monday, April 7th at 7pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 854-1694
Free and Open to the Public!

Posted in News | Comments Off

Lewis D. Hopkins – 2014 Clarkson Chair in Planning

Posted on: |

Lewis D. HopkinsClarkson Chair in Planning
Lewis D. Hopkins, FAICP, Professor Emeritus, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Knaap, G. J., Hopkins, L. D., Donaghy, K., & Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. (1995). Do plans matter?: A framework for examining the logic and effects of land use planning. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
APL book collection: HD108.6 .K633 1995

Hopkins, L. D. (2001). Urban development: The logic of making plans. Washington, DC: Island Press.
APL book collection: HT166 .H663 2001

Hopkins, L. D., Knaap, G. J., Moudon, A., & Hubner, M. (2000). Portland, Oregon: An inventory approach and its implications for database design. Monitoring land supply with geographic information systems: Theory, practice, and parcel-based approaches, 67-95.
Book chapter: Lockwood Library book collection: TA519 .M66 2000

Hopkins, L. D., & Zapata, M. (2007). Engaging the future: Forecasts, scenarios, plans, and projects. Cambridge, Mass.: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
APL book collection: HN49 .C6 E547 2007

Select Publications:

Brill Jr, E. D., Chang, S.-Y., & Hopkins, L. D. (1982). Modeling to generate alternatives: The HSJ approach and an illustration using a problem in land use planning. Management Science, 28(3), 221-235.

Chang, S. Y., Brill, E. D., & Hopkins, L. D. (1982a). EFFICIENT RANDOM GENERATION OF FEASIBLE ALTERNATIVES: A LAND USE EXAMPLE*. Journal of Regional Science, 22(3), 303-314.

Chang, S. Y., Brill, E. D., & Hopkins, L. D. (1982b). Use of mathematical models to generate alternative solutions to water resources planning problems. Water Resources Research, 18(1), 58-64.

Ding, C., Knaap, G. J., & Hopkins, L. D. (1999). Managing urban growth with urban growth boundaries: A theoretical analysis. Journal of Urban Economics, 46(1), 53-68.

Donaghy, K. P., & Hopkins, L. D. (2006). Coherentist theories of planning are possible and useful. Planning Theory, 5(2), 173-202.

Finn, D., Hopkins, L. D., & Wempe, M. (2007). The information system of plans approach: Using and making plans for landscape protection. Landscape and Urban Planning, 81(1), 132-145.

Hopkins, L. D. (1973). Design method evaluation—an experiment with corridor selection. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 7(5), 423-436.
UB Libraries Annex: Per HD82 .S5865

Hopkins, L. D. (1977). Methods for generating land suitability maps: a comparative evaluation. Journal of the American Institute of Planners, 43(4), 386-400.

Hopkins, L. D. (1999). Structure of a planning support system for urban development. Environment and Planning B, 26, 333-344.

Hopkins, L. D. (2000). Community Planning: An Introduction to the Comprehensive Plan. Eric Damian Kelly, Barbara Becker, Island Press, Washington, DC, 2000, 478 pp. Landscape and Urban Planning, 51(1), 63-64.

Hopkins, L. D. (2001). Planning as Science Engaging Disagreement. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 20(4), 399-406.

Hopkins, L. D., Brill, E. D., Kurtz, K. B., & Wenzel, H. G. (1981). Analyzing floodplain policies using an interdependent land use allocation model. Water Resources Research, 17(3), 469-477.

Hopkins, L. D., Ramanathan, R., & Pallathucheril, V. G. (2004). Interface for a sketch-planning workbench. Computers, environment and urban systems, 28(6), 653-666.

Hopkins, L. D., Wood, R. B., Brochmann, D., & Messina, L. (1973). Environmental impact statements: A handbook for writers and reviewers.

Johnston, D. M., & Hopkins, L. D. (1987). Expert systems in planning analysis: the logic of uncertainty. Town Planning Review, 58(3), 342.

Kaza, N., Finn, D., & Hopkins, L. D. (2010). Updating plans: a historiography of decisions over time. Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 15, 159-168.

Kaza, N., & Hopkins, L. D. (2012). Intentional actions, plans, and information systems. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 26(3), 557-576.

Knaap, G. J., Ding, C., & Hopkins, L. D. (2001). Do plans matter? The effects of light rail plans on land values in station areas. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 21(1), 32-39.

Knaap, G. J., & Hopkins, L. D. (2001). The inventory approach to urban growth boundaries. Journal of the American Planning Association, 67(3), 314-326.

Knaap, G. J., Ding, C., & Hopkins, L. D. (2001). Managing urban growth for the efficient use of public infrastructure: toward a theory of concurrency. International Regional Science Review, 24(3), 328-343.

Olshansky, R. B., Hopkins, L. D., & Johnson, L. A. (2012). Disaster and recovery: processes compressed in time. Natural Hazards Review, 13(3), 173-178.

Posted in News | Comments Off

The citymaker Robert Shibley’s extraordinary vision is creating a 21st century community.

Posted on: |

The citymaker Robert Shibley’s extraordinary vision is creating a 21st century community.
Buffalo News

Robert G. Shibley, dean of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, has a vision for our future that has worked well for the region.

It is the reason that the American Institute of Architects has decided to honor him with its prestigious lifetime achievement award in June. He will receive the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, one of the highest honors for American architects.

Shibley has spent the past three decades working tirelessly in planning and design for the betterment of his adopted city, and winning awards along the way. Yet, he remains humble in describing “citymaking” as a team sport. That humility explains how he has been able to work so well with so many administrations – three mayors and five New York State governors.

Shibley founded the Urban Design Project, which is focused on major planning projects, in 1990 and also heads the UB Regional Institute. Shibley has left his mark on downtown and particularly the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The “Queen City in the 21st Century,” Buffalo’s comprehensive plan adopted by the city in 2006, references the “The Queen City Hub,” “The Queen City Waterfront” and “The Olmsted City” (the plan for our park and parkway system), all done under Shibley’s direction. The four core plans earned the impressive Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism in 2009. “The Queen City Hub” was called out individually as the best plan by the American Planning Association in its national awards competition in 2005.

Shibley told The News that the tagline that follows “Queen City Hub” is “a regional action plan for downtown Buffalo,” one that will advance the kind of investments that the governor is now making with his Buffalo Billion pledge. The planning pays attention to the relationship between regional and municipal responsibilities. City and region interdependency is a core theme of next-step action building on the momentum people are now feeling.

Down the road, wealth and capacity have to be increased for all citizens. And for that Shibley points to One Region Forward (visit a three-year initiative now in its second year. The intent is to bring together existing municipal, state and federal blueprints into a measurable, sustainable plan for the region.

The One Region Forward steering committee’s focus is on land use, housing, climate action, food system security and transportation. Those five components look at a regional framework within which programs like the Queen City Hub could thrive.

As Shibley said, without that kind of broader regional look, we’ll only defeat ourselves. The dean poses an important question, and has an answer. How will we know we’re making progress 20 years from now? “We’ll know because the city and region are working collaboratively on really tough problems, and we’ll know because the way they work on those problems will see an increase in social justice and equity in our communities.”

Opinion piece in the Buffalo News

Posted in News | Comments Off

UB to Design Solar-Powered House for Competition; Will Find Permanent Home in Buffalo

Posted on: |

UB to Design Solar-Powered House for Competition; Will Find Permanent Home in Buffalo
posted by Buffalo Rising

University at Buffalo students and professors will build a 1,400-square-foot solar-powered home as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy’s elite Solar Decathlon competition. Called the GRoW House, the UB project is designed to appeal to Buffalo’s urban gardening contingent. The dwelling will have space where residents can Garden, Relax or Work (GRoW). Features include a greenhouse and kitchen for growing, processing, cooking and storing food.

When the competition is complete, organizers hope the GRoW House will become a community resource, open for tours that educate and inspire schoolchildren and the public about the benefits of sustainable, low-energy design. The GRoW House will be built in Western New York, shipped to Irvine for judging, then returned to Buffalo. Possible permanent locations for the home include the city’s Fruit Belt, West Side or waterfront neighborhoods.

grow-house-2The Solar Decathlon is a national, two-year contest that challenges collegiate teams to design, construct and operate cost-effective solar dwellings.

The Department of Energy announced on Thursday afternoon that UB was one of 20 schools selected to participate.

“This invitation is a clear demonstration of the strength of our faculty leadership and the talent of the student body,” said Robert Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. “Together, they have gotten us this far in a highly competitive, hands-on project focused on collaboration in design, construction, commercialization and the interdisciplinary teamwork essential for success.”

rest of article….

Posted in News | Comments Off

Food Lab takes steps toward a healthier Buffalo

Posted on: |

Food Lab takes steps toward a healthier Buffalo
University research leading the way in eliminating hunger in communities nationwide
UB Spectrum

It’s easy to miss the Hayes A. Annex building on South Campus. The small aluminum-sided warehouse, nestled in between Diefendorf Hall and the Health Sciences Library, resembles more of a temporary construction site than a research lab with a nationally award-winning staff.
Yet according to the staff of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, or the “Food Lab,” the research being conducted in the facility is anything but quaint. It is aiming to reinvent the way urban centers function across the country.
The Food Lab “conducts research, builds capacity of planners through education and training, and engages in community-based efforts to build sustainable food systems and healthy communities,” according to its website.
Researchers at the Food Lab believe there is an opportunity to lead the professional community into the next generation of urban structuring. They think using smart planning as a way to address one of the most critical issues facing urban and rural communities – an inaccessible food market for the poor and underprivileged – could be effective.
rest of article
info on the Food Lab

Posted in News | Comments Off

Buffalo Rising: The Power Dress: Kelly Hayes-Mcalonie at TEDxBuffaloWomen

Posted on: |

The Power Dress: Kelly Hayes-Mcalonie at TEDxBuffaloWomen
Jan 6, 2014 Posted by Queenseyes

From collaborating with the design and launch of architect Barbie, to conducting extensive research on Buffalo architect Louise Bethune, Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA, has done her share in helping to bring Buffalo to the forefront when it comes to women’s image in the workplace. To learn about the myriad battles that she had to fight along the way, including a debilitating illness and criticism from her contemporaries, the story that she shares at TEDxTalks here in Buffalo, is both enlightening and uplifting.

Please watch this inspirational video (on so many levels). Kelly is competing for views with hundreds of other TEDx videos in order to get additional exposure (for Buffalo and strong women everywhere) on the main TED website. Watch this video and prepare to be inspired no matter who you are or what you do for a living.

Posted in News | Comments Off

Architecture/Planning Without Borders: “Exploring Cities in the World via Lenses of Design & Research”

Posted on: |

Architecture/Planning Without Borders: “Exploring cities in the world via lens of Design and Research”

Friday, November 15
Diefendorf Hall 147
South Campus
Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Cities in the world are experiencing unique urban issues that need to be addressed through design and policy actions. UB faculty in Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning have investigated the impacts of tremendous cultural and economic change, and gained valuable cultural experiences in Dublin, Ireland, the Caribbean and Cuba. Learn how you can also contribute to the world through design and research.

Professors: Kenneth S. MacKay, Sam Cole & Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., School of Architecture & Planning, UB

International Student & Scholar Services
Margaret Roche at 645-2258 (
Web site:

Posted in News | Comments Off

Building Talent: Women, Patronage, and Mentoring

Posted on: |

Building Talent: Women, Patronage, and Mentoring
UB Gender Institute Symposium

Please join us for the UB Gender Institute Symposium, co-sponsored by the School of Architecture and Planning:

Building Talent: Women, Patronage, and Mentoring
Tuesday, October 22, 3:00-7:00 pm
Greatbatch Pavilion, Darwin Martin House Complex
125 Jewett Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14214

Free and open to the public (please RSVP to Becky Burke, or call 716-645-5200)

Throughout the history of the profession, the architect has been engaged in service to a client. Typically, but not always, that client has selected his/her architect and the two work together to realize a project. However, at times that relationship transcends the typical and a true partnership is born. Many of our most famous architects were the beneficiaries of such relationships. The clients would act as mentors and patrons to the architect. These noteworthy clients funded the architects’ most important work and often protected the integrity of their designs against obstacles that can derail a project such as a restrictive budget or competing design agendas.

Darwin Martin’s influence on Frank Lloyd Wright’s career is an example of this and is well documented. Through Martin’s support, Wright received two of the most important commissions of his young career – the Larkin Building and Martin’s own home, both of which are highly significant buildings in American architecture. Mies van der Rohe also benefitted from a similar relationship with the Bronfman family, in particular Phyllis Bronfman Lambert, resulting in the Seagrams Building commission.

But what about women architects – have they enjoyed such patronage, especially from women? Julia Morgan enjoyed a long-standing friendship with Phoebe Hearst and other members of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, resulting in her commission for the YWCA in Oakland and Asilomar. Through Mrs. Hearst, Morgan met her son William Randolph Hearst, who became the most influential and important client of her career. Louise Bethune enjoyed loyal patronage. Nonetheless, as the first woman architect in the U.S., she was continually rejected by potential women clients, the most notorious resulting in the Women’s Building Design Competition at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. These missed opportunities arguably prevented Bethune from developing a nationally recognized portfolio and practice. The question becomes: how can women help women to “lean in” and develop nationally recognized careers in architecture?

This symposium will explore the mentoring of the young architect and the role that a client can have on an architect’s career. Architecture, more than many other careers, is contingent upon the mentoring process. This mentorship begins in architecture school and can continue throughout an architect’s career, but is essential in the early years in the profession. Licensure is based partially on mentorship. How can strong mentoring from women assist women entering the profession to lay a solid foundation on which to build a successful career?

The symposium will explore the importance of the client/user relationship to the architectural process and the influence that more women in leadership roles can have on women in the profession of architecture.


3:00 Opening remarks by Robert Shibley, Dean of the UB School or Architecture & Planning; and Kari Winter, Director of the UB Gender Institute

3:10 Louise Bethune and Julia Morgan – a historical comparison of mentoring, patronage and women in architecture: Kelly Hayes McAlonie

3:30 Viewing of “A Girl is a Fellow Here – 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright,” followed by a conversation on mentoring and the development of the architect: Beverly Willis, Wanda Bubriski and Jack Quinan, moderator

4:15 Break

4:30 Women in architecture today and how mentoring can advance their careers: Lori Brown

5:00 The role of the client in design and the development of the architect: Susan Chin

5:30 Who is the client and how can the client transform the profession? Marika Shiori-Clark

6:00 Closing remarks and panel discussion: Joyce Hwang

6:30 Reception


Beverly Willis, Founder, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
Wanda Bubriski, Executive Director Emeritus, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
Marika Shiori-Clark, Principal SOSHL Studio
Susan Chin, Vice President AIA, Design Trust for Public Space, previously Deputy Commissioner NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs
Lori Brown, Associate Professor of Architecture, Syracuse University
Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Interim Director, UB Capital Planning Group
Joyce Hwang, Professor, UB School of Architecture and Planning
Jack Quinan, Professor, UB Department of Visual Studies and Frank Lloyd Wright scholar

Posted in News | Comments Off

Top Resources

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

Outstanding and comprehensive index to national and international architectural journals, both professional and popular. Covers architecture, urban planning and design, historic preservation, art, and related topics. Lists reviews for books, exhibitions, audiovisuals, websites, and citations for obituaries. Comprehensive coverage 1930 to the present; selective coverage from 1860 - 1830. Updated weekly.  More Info
Partial Full-Text

Academic Search Complete

Intended for academic institutions and updated monthly. Offers multidisciplinary coverage of a broad range of scholarly areas, including the arts, humanities, social, and general sciences; literature, language, and linguistics; education and ethnic studies; computer sciences, engineering, physics, biology, chemistry, medical sciences, and more. Provides full text for approximately 4,650 serials, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed publications. Full-page images and color embedded images included.  More Info

American Memory

A diversity of primary source materials (plans, drawings, photos, and written documentation) from Library of Congress collections about historic American buildings, structures, and landscapes, including architectural, as well as engineering and landscape structures and sites from almost every type from the 17th to the 20th century. American Memory materials are primarily taken from the special collections of the Library of Congress.  More Info

Art Abstracts

Covers the literature of visual arts and architecture worldwide, including art and art history, architecture, archaeology, city planning, and more. Contains records from 1984 - present from international art/architecture periodicals, yearbooks, museum exhibition listings, and film reviews, etc. From 1994-present, abstracts included.  More Info
Partial Full-Text

ARTstor Digital Archive Collection

The ARTstor Digital Archive Collection contains nearly one million images and associated catalog data from notable art and architecture collections worldwide. The collection spans many times and cultures and encompasses architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture.  More Info

Compendex*Plus (Engineering Index)

Compendex is the most comprehensive interdisciplinary engineering database in the world with almost 7.5 million records referencing 5,000 engineering journals and conference materials dating from 1884.  More Info
Partial Full-Text

Digital Sanborn Maps - New York

Sanborn fire insurance maps of American towns and cities (1867-1970). Valuable to urban specialists, planners, social historians, architects, geographers, etc. See excellent guide How to Locate Specific Digital Sanborn Maps for finding tips.  More Info

Dissertations & Theses

Listing of dissertations back to 1861 including many full-text dissertations from 1997 to the present.  More Info

Dissertations & Theses @ SUNY Buffalo

Full-text of UB dissertations and theses published after 1996.  More Info


A powerful database system which provides current and retrospective news stories, periodical articles, and financial data from thousands of sources worldwide, covering virtually every subject category. The Publications Library. provides full-text stories from nearly 8,000 newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and wire service worldwide, plus transcripts of television and radio news programs. It includes full-text of the Wall Street Journal from June 1979 to present.  More Info

Gale Virtual Reference Library

An excellent starting point for research involving societal issues. Offers full-text entries, many with bibliographies, from Gale encyclopedias and reference works, including subject encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference works in such subject areas as art, history, environment, business, sociology, political science, popular culture, country studies, and more.  More Info

Grove Art Online

An excellent starting point, covers all aspects of art worldwide, including architecture and planning, painting, sculpture, graphic and decorative arts, and photography. Provides background information on artists, architects, cities, buildings, periods, styles, and more. Contains bibliographies and links to pertinent definitions and images.  More Info


Outstanding source. Provides full text facsimiles of the complete back files of important scholarly journals, generally from first volume through issues published prior to the most recent three years. Current issues not available. Covers the arts, humanities, and social sciences, including architecture, art, history, archaeology, literature, philosophy, and related disciplines.  More Info

Knovel E-Books: Science and Engineering

Knovel provides full-text access to an online collection of hundreds of science and engineering reference books, many of the books are enhanced with features such as interactive tables that allow you to manipulate and customize the data as you would in a spreadsheet application. Some of the subjects covered are: biology, environmental engineering, food science, health & hygiene, mechanics and mechanical engineering, and safety.  More Info

Wiley Online Library

Wiley Online Library provides full-text (page image) access to articles from nearly all journals (over 400 titles) published by John Wiley & Sons, it includes books and journals published in the Architecture & Planning fields. Our license does not include access to a few of the newer Wiley journals.  More Info


A mega-library catalog that containing more than 100 million records contributed by 20,000 libraries around the world. It contains full bibliographic descriptions and cataloging information for the following types of materials: books, serials, manuscripts, sound recordings, audiovisual materials, maps, music scores, and computer-readable files (Note: the database does not include information on individual articles, stories in journals, magazines, newspapers, or book chapters).  More Info

Architecture Overview Guide: a basic guide, a starting point for research in Architecture.

  • Freshman Orientation: a guide to help research buildings as part of orientation activities.
  • Planning Overview Guide: a basic guide, a starting point for research  in Planning.
    Additional Planning guides:

    Helpful guides for Arch & Planning classes:
    Helpful links:
    1. Buffalo &  WNY Maps: Aerial, historical, neighborhood, Olmsted, Sanborn, & zoning maps, all pertaining to WNY.
    2. Step by step guide: Digital Sanborn Maps guide
    3. Erie County On-Line Mapping System (GIS)
    4. Niagara County On-Line Mapping System (GIS)
    5. Transportation Maps: Transportation maps show infrastructure for the areas they represent. This includes roads, highways, railroads, buslines, subway routes and stations, airline and shipping routes, harbor and port facilities, communication routes, electric and telephone lines, and other similar features.
    1. Social Explorer:  Reproduces statistical reports and maps based upon U.S. decennial censuses, the American Community Survey (ACS), and data collected by the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA). Census Data: 1790-1930: Covers county, state and national data & 1940-2000: Coverage varies depending upon the year. Geographies include tracts, places, counties, zip codes, Congressional districts, states, and the nation.
    • UB Green Library: 220 Winspear Ave., Buffalo, New York 14215 phone: (716) 829-3535
      Open to the campus and community, the UB Green library contains a unique collection of environmental resources and media. Topics include sustainable lifestyles, environmental politics and economics, energy, vegetarianism, and an extensive section on green building design materials which appeal to the do-it-yourselfer and architect alike.
    • University Facilities: Document Library
      The Document Library houses North, South, Downtown and Off-site property information which includes architectural prints, specifications and related documentation for the University at Buffalo’s projects. The Document Library provides support to Facilities Planning and Design staff, Facilities Operations staff; approved vendors, contractors, and students. We are a division of University Facilities located within the John Beane Center, Buffalo, NY 14260-7300, P: (716) 645-5286.  Student request for floor plans (form to fill out)
    • UB Libraries – WNY Resources: a collection resources available at the UB Libraries