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Barbara Campagna and Susan Penczkowski started on opposite sides of the crowd last Thursday inside One Seneca Tower, but they were drawn toward one another, like magnets. They kept reacting to the moment in the same delighted way, and they were glad someone else could understand what they were thinking. Inside the 1970s stone emptiness of the tower's main concourse, …

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Dr. Joe Nowak faced a difficult choice. His brother, Buffalo architect Peter Nowak, died on an August night 18 months ago from diabetes, alone, at the Stuyvesant Apartments on Elmwood Avenue. Joe, a California dentist, traveled here with his wife, Shalan, to settle Nowak’s affairs. They found few possessions in the apartment, Shalan said, only Nowak’s “drawing boa…

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On June 22, Shohei Shigematsu of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture spoke to a crowd of assembled artists, journalists and officials in Quebec City about his firm's design for the National Fine Arts Museum of Quebec. Many of his comments about the building, which like the Albright-Knox Art Gallery sits on a historic campus in a major park, are relevant to his firm'…

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Problem: You want to understand the story of modernity, but only have an afternoon to do it. Solution: Take a drive through downtown Buffalo. There are plenty of places in the United States, where, given the right advice and a week or two, you could piece together your own self-guided story of how contemporary society and culture came to be. But there aren’t too many p…

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When it comes to describing the breadth and volume of activity now swirling within the walls of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, "ambitious" doesn't quite cover it. From historical deep-dives into the life and work of Buffalo's first African-American architect and the careers of women artists  to a sprawling dreamscape of eye-popping oddities in the grand east …

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This week, Kleinhans Music Hall celebrated its 75th anniversary. And never has the place looked better. I've been enchanted by the building since the first time I stepped off a snowy Porter Avenue sidewalk and into its otherworldly vestibule as a kid. Everything about it seemed to have originated in a different universe. The ovular coat checks masquerading as magic port…

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Title: "Good Grids" // On view through Aug. 21 in 045 Crosby Hall on the University at Buffalo's South Campus The street grid is the primary building block of the American city, the source material from which much urban design and architecture flows. But there are good grids (think Buffalo) and not-so-good ones (think Scottsdale, Ariz.). In an ambitious exhibition cr…

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Buffalo keeps appearing in articles by national and international media outlets -- more frequently than ever, it seems -- which some interpret as a sign of the city's resurgence or, at the very least, a greater degree of national relevance. The Guardian US, which won a Pulitzer in 2014 for exposing the NSA, featured the Queen City in its travel section's On the Radar [rea…

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Richard Kegler, the Buffalo-born designer who launched the internationally regarded P22 type foundry and co-founded the Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.), has stepped away from his Buffalo projects to take a job directing the Book Arts Center at Wells College in Aurora, about three hours east of here.To mark his departure, the center he helped to launc…

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The tiny collage creations of Gerald Mead, the latest of which go on view Friday in Studio Hart (65 Allen St.) are fascinating marvels of miniature design. Mead’s new body of work, called “Micro-Architecture,” focuses on the architectural marvels of Western New York, including the Guaranty Building, Darwin Martin House, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and City Hall. “I…