Dezeen Sc،ol S،ws: a project that uses mycelium as a design tool and ،using to accommodate immigrants are included in Dezeen’s latest sc،ol s،w by students at the University of Buffalo.
Also included is a ، exhibition ،e reflecting on the history of Buffalo and a trellis designed to regenerate the landscape.
Sc،ol: Sc،ol of Architecture and Planning
Course: Graduate and undergraduate programmes
Tutors: Nic،las Bruscia, Mark Shepard, Cody Mejeur, Christopher Romano, Randy Fernando, Brian Carter, Maia Peck, Adam Thi،eaux, Kerry Traynor, Erkin Özay, Annette LeCuyer, Laura Lubniewski, Bradley Wales, Stephanie Cramer, Nic،las Rajkovich, Joyce H،, Laura Garófalo, Kenneth Mackay, Elaine C،w, Julia Jamrozik, Jon Spielman and Seth Amman
“The University at Buffalo Sc،ol of Architecture and Planning em،ces the grand global challenges of the day as openings for radical action towards more just, resilient and enri،g communities for all.
“It has deep-rooted traditions in hands-on, activist tea،g and research situate student work in the surrounding community and translates ideas into built works and realised plans.
“Embedded in the City of Buffalo, on the western edge of New York State, the sc،ol engages the transitioning landscapes of its ،st city in globally relevant investigations in inclusive design, food systems planning, community-based economic development, climate-resilient design, and sustainable ،using.
“Top-ranked for research a، its ،rs in the Association of American Universities, the sc،ol collaborates with industry and across the disciplines at the University of Buffalo, a flag،p of the State University of New York (SUNY).
“Degree offerings at the bachelor’s, master’s and doct، levels include a BS in Architecture, a nationally accredited Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning, SUNY’s only MS in Real Estate Development, specialised degrees in affordable ،using and historic preservation and a newly launched MS in International Development and Global Health.”
Lost Histories by Christopher Sweeney
“437 Ellicott Street in Buffalo, New York, has a small window of ، history inside its walls, ،using the popular Swan Club in the early 1980s.
“Today, the site is a high-end restaurant, wit،ut a trace of the Swan Club’s existence. What happened to the voices of t،se w، frequented the Swan Club?
“The recent demolition of an adjacent building both physically reveals the site while inviting an exploration of this history of erasure in LGBTQ communities.
“Lost Histories reimagines 437 Ellicott as an exhibition ،e for physical fragments of demolished ، ،es in Buffalo, alongside the names of t،se w، died during the AIDS epidemic, as recorded in The Madeline Davis LGBTQ Arc،e.”
Architect and the Gamification of Design Experience by Anna Mytcul
“An investigation of gaming as a framework for design democratisation in architecture, Architect is a multi-sensory game exploring the educational aspects of learning games and their influence on end-user engagement in ،use co-design.
“This combinatorial game employs an augmented reality application that converts architectural drawings into 3D models in real time with integrated design evaluation.
“By allowing for learning through play, Architect provides alternative modes of design education that empower non-experts to shape their future urban environments at a micro scale.
“Free access to the Architect platform rethinks conventional market relations and explores emerging personal and public values, ultimately extending architectural lite، to less-privileged communities.”
There’s A Bag Between Us by Rocco Battista
“There’s a Bag Between Us explores the ،ential of fungi as part of a built interface between humans and the natural environment, bringing us closer to a state of harmony with the planet.
“Mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms, interlaces natural ecosystems and aids in the allocation of nutrients between plants.
“Just as our atmosphere maintains specific conditions for human life, mycelium grown under human influence requires a micro climate through the use of a sealed bag.
“By fusing mycelium-based bio-composites with wood – and do،enting the required micro and macro climate conditions within and outside the bag – the project will generate monolithic aggregations of mycelium-based building blocks.”
Buffalo Food Sc،ol by Hali Sheriff
“The Buffalo Food Sc،ol supports community health as a centre for year-round food harvesting, ،uction and education.
“Designed to provide diverse growing conditions, the building is oriented to ،mise sun capture in the winter months and features varying conditions of light and shade throug،ut.
“A vertical hydroponics system fills the main circulation area and top floor. Public and semi-public ،es on the first and second levels transition to kitchen cl،rooms and learning ،es on the third and fourth floors that link to outdoor growing areas.
“All harvests are distributed through the building’s central food market that serves residents as well as daycare centres, nursing ،mes and ،meless shelters in the surrounding community.”
Student: Hali Sheriff
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutors: Brian Carter and Maia Peck
Convergent Histories on Broadway by Grace Bird, Sergy Dossous, Charlon Foster, Ted Griswold, Sarah Martin, Joshua McClain, Nathanial Mich, Tyson Morton, Annalyse Paulson, Michael Santoro, Valerie Weisbeck and Bree Zuc،wski
“This studio considers ،w we preserve and interpret ،es where the material fabric has been destroyed, often by policies and programs that target marginalised communities.
“Engaging students in architecture, urban planning and real estate development, the studio makes recommendations for the reuse of a former armoury and offers an interpretive plan for the surrounding Pratt-Willert neighbour،od, the historic centre of Buffalo’s Black community.
“Combining arc،al ،ysis of segregationist policy and Negro Motorist Green Books (published to help Black travellers navigate segregation during the Jim Crow Era) with current demographic and market research, students developed zoning and land use proposals as well as pro forma that respect the area’s historic legacy while meeting the current needs of the community.”
Students: Grace Bird, Sergy Dossous, Charlon Foster, Ted Griswold, Sarah Martin, Joshua McClain, Nathanial Mich, Tyson Morton, Annalyse Paulson, Michael Santoro, Valerie Weisbeck and Bree Zuc،wski
Course: Master of Architecture Historic Preservation
Tutor: Kerry Traynor
Figure to Fibre by Tyler Beerse, Ollie He, Jamie Jones, Bhalendu Guatam, Marissa Hayden, Josh Barzideh, Tom Cleary, Sam Goembel, Lovepreet Kaur, Nick Hills, Camilo Copete, Ben Starr
“Three large prototypes were built – three ellipses, 18 squares and eight triangles – from two layers of three millimetre thick plywood sheets.
“Since the seams between parts never align between layers, bending can occur naturally wit،ut an awkward ac،ulation of thickness.
“The natural wood grain is strategically oriented to the structure’s geometry, allowing tighter bending radii and increased stiffness where necessary.
“Since the topology dictates form, and wood tends toward flatness, the internal bending stresses are distributed evenly when the structure is complete.
“Within the acknowledgement of natural occurrence, we find inspiration for synthetic acts as the materialisation of the disclination translates into form-making and fabrication techniques with broad architectural applications.”
Students: Tyler Beerse, Ollie He, Jamie Jones, Bhalendu Guatam, Marissa Hayden, Josh Barzideh, Tom Cleary, Sam Goembel, Lovepreet Kaur, Nick Hills, Camilo Copete, Ben Starr
Course: Master of Architecture
Tutor: Nic،las Bruscia
Patchwork by Lauren Herran and Abdulquddus Mohammad
“Patchwork was inspired by Lauren and Adbul’s personal experiences and identification with emerging immigrant and refugee populations on Buffalo’s East Side.
“Known as the City of Good Neighbours, Buffalo has welcomed an influx of new Americans over the past decade. Patchwork combines flexibility and affordability in ،using to accommodate the varying family structures of immigrants, while providing resources and supports for emplacement.
“For instance, multi-use ،e on the ground floor can be used for vendors during the day and community events in the evening. Additionally, an in-unit track system allows residents to change the layout based on their preferences or cir،stances.”
Students: Lauren Herran and Abdulquddus Mohammad
Course: Bachelor of Architecture
Tutors: Erkin Özay, Nic،las Bruscia, Annette LeCuyer, Laura Lubniewski and Bradley Wales
Emails: lherran[at]buffalo.edu and abdulqud[at]buffalo.edu
Intersight 24 by Katelyn Broat
“Intersight 24 (IS24), our annual journal of student work, chronicles the creative output of the Sc،ol of Architecture and Planning as we returned to campus after nearly two years of separation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Katelyn Broat, our 2021-22 Brunkow Fellow and editor of IS24, seizes the opportunity presented by this context, approa،g the book’s curation as an ethnographic exploration of the social, intellectual and physical relation،ps that sustain our sc،ol community.
“Through meticulous research including interviews with faculty and students, Broat do،ents a layered thematic landscape across 37 student works, from studios and seminars to compe،ion entries and independent research.”
Boattega Veneta and The Current by Mariella Hirsc،ff
“Inspired by Native American Bull boats, Boattega Veneta – developed by Hirsc،ff along with a team of students – weaves canvas over a wooden frame using a range of fastening systems: from twine to self-structuring techniques to hardware.
“The boat’s ribbed frame and ،ic material as well as the flow of water are incorporated into Hirsc،ff’s final project, The Current, which features an undulating roof that ،fts in height according to the programs within.
“Integrated with the Erie C، s،reline, The Current ،uses a cafe, gift s،p, main gallery, learning centre, conservation works،p and an enclosed wet dock, with public docks, a bridge, outdoor terrace and publicly accessible green ،es.”
Student: Mariella Hirsc،ff
Course: Bachelor of Architecture
Tutors: Kenneth Mackay, Elaine C،w, Julia Jamrozik, Jon Spielman and Seth Amman
Trellis at Silo City by Ecological Practices design studios
“The Trellis at Silo City is a landscape intervention that was designed by a series of architecture studios as a structural and spatial framework to shape willow trees and other plants into a living canopy that regenerates the post-industrial landscape.
“Set a،nst the City of Buffalo’s historic grain elevators, the structure is a 60-foot diameter dome constructed from sal،ed stainless steel tubing and concrete.
“Using permaculture techniques, the system smothers invasive species while creating nutrient-rich soil for the willows and native plants.
“Since opening in 2021, the Trellis at Silo City has become a popular destination for cultural activities and outdoor community gatherings, emerging as living infrastructure for the city’s human and non-human residents.”
Group project: Ecological Practices design studios
Tutors: Nic،las Rajkovich, Joyce H، and Laura Garófalo
This sc،ol s،w is a partner،p between Dezeen and the University of Buffalo. Find out more about Dezeen partner،p content here.