This new book, edited by Peter Christensen, Associate Professor of Art History, 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.

Featured presentations in this event will include short presentations from the four UR affiliated authors:

Peter Christensen, Associate Professor, Department of Art & Art History

A. Joan Saab, Associate Professor, Department of Art & Art History

Julia Tulke, PhD Candidate, Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies

Stewart Weaver, Professor, Department of History


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