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Buffalo architects win contest with strip mall revamp plan


blog by S.J. Velasquez  • 

Two UB School of Architecture and Planning professors’ plan to revamp a Buffalo dead space won them an international competition.

According to Archinect.com, Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis entered a redesign plan for Buffalo’s abandoned Central Park Plaza in the “Strip Appeal” international architecture competition. Charged with turning abandoned or dilapidated strip malls into usable, revived urban spaces, the UB duo submitted a plan to turn the Buffalo plaza into a community “not unlike the settling of the American frontier.”

The winning duo also suggested taking building materials from the strip mall structures to create triangle-shaped homes.

If you’ve never seen the Central Park Plaza, you’re not alone. It’s sort of tucked away on Buffalo’s east side. Here are some images from the fixBuffalo blog.

Photo from Strip-Appeal.com.

TAGGED: architecture, shopping plaza, strip appeal, strip mall, ub

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