University at Buffalo Alt-Campus
Buffalo, New York / 2009
with Travis Bunt, Seohong Min, Aren Bogossian, and Pedro Borgesr
This project strategizes ways of leveraging University at Buffalo resources and by-products toward activating the city’s cultural and industrial landscape. Embracing the complexity and fragility of Buffalo’s multi-layered post-industrial fabric, we identified and constructed geographic and systemic relationships in order to open up opportunities for physical and strategic design interventions. The project is not so much concerned with design at the regional scale but rather with regional design at multiple scales.
We draw from Arjun Appadurai's Production of Locality as a conceptual framework - using principles of industrial ecology as an analytical and programming methodology. Alt-Campus poses and responds to the following questions:
1) How can the resources and by-products of the University at Buffalo stimulate both culture and industry?
2) What kinds of public/private partnerships can be forged between the University as a whole, its’ various departments, and the community which it simultaneously serves and is served by?
3) What sources of funding can the University at Buffalo leverage towards different ends?