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Buffalo at the Crossroads: The Past, Present, and Future of American Urbanism

Peter H. Christensen

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.

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Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 10/15/2020
Pages: 341
ISBN-13: 9781501749773
ISBN-10: 1501749773
Language: English

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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 the contributions to this collection, the authors 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.

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; as well as 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.

--David Schuyler, Franklin & Marshall College, author of Embattled River

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