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Shoreline: Urban Renewal, Housing & Preservation - Remembering a Waterfront Vision (Symposium Part 2)

  • Frank E. Meriweather, Jr. Library 1324 Jefferson Avenue Buffalo, NY, 14208 United States (map)

Located steps from City Hall in Buffalo’s Lower West Side, the Shoreline Apartments is a housing complex designed by master architect Paul Rudolph and completed in 1974. Featuring shed roofs, ribbed concrete exteriors, projecting balconies, and enclosed garden courts, the project combined Rudolph’s spatial radicalism with experiments in human-scaled high-density housing. It was originally part of the Buffalo Waterfront Development, an ambitious, mixed-income urban renewal project commissioned by the NYS Urban Development Corporation in 1969.

Three panels and a keynote in Day Two of this symposium will discuss the impact of public housing and urban renewal on our cities; and the challenges of preserving buildings and social histories from this era. Day Two of this symposium will focus on:
1. Understand urban renewal building typology in the City of Buffalo and the challenges of preserving neighborhoods that removed earlier historic neighborhoods.
2. Evaluate the impact of development pressures and functional requirements on neighborhoods that are now historic that are the result of urban renewal.
3. Illustrate how the preservation challenges on sites of midcentury public housing complexes provoke important questions about the future of restoring their building envelopes to safety requirements.
4. Understand how preservation, mitigation and adaptation can be approached and adopted in unique ways for different communities with different social histories.

This event is free and open to the public. Please note that the second day event is located at a different location than the first day. Those who attend will earn six (6) HSW continuing education credits. Interested individuals may register for the event by clicking here. Please note that you must register for the second session separately, even if you have already registered for the Day 1 session. For more information, please visit the event website by clicking here.