Buffalo-based architect Dennis Maher has devised his own version of adaptive reuse – he’s remaking abandoned buildings into sculptures. Inspired by the shrinking Rust Belt city where he lives and works, his sculptures “honor the former lives of these raw materials” in a way that is striking and thought-provoking. The large works of art in Undone-Redone City are complex, and offer us a new way of seeing buildings, or at least their elements. In Maher’s creations, a door and some flooring and a window frame might all mesh together to form a new shape and a new function that the original builders probably never imagined.
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Between Frank Lloyd Wrightâ€™s private homes, Louis Sullivanâ€™s original skyscraper, and Henry Hobson Richardsonâ€™s asylum, Buffalo, New York has more famous and historically important architecture than most cities in the country.Â Now Buffalo is working hard to churn out its own starchitectsâ€”starting in high school.Â The new Architecture and Design Academy at the International Preparatory School at Grover celebrated its grand opening this week on Buffaloâ€™s west side. Read More
With some 10,000 buildings languishing on the official demolition list, Buffalo is a landscape in the losingâ€”a city coming to grips, like others in the Rust Belt, with the postindustrial present and its architectural aftermath. As part of that collective quest, the cityâ€™s detritus is now improbably on view in a pair of exhibitions that consider the fate of shrinking cities, thanks to artist and architect Dennis Maher and his ongoing project Undone-Redone City,Â an extended meditation on urban fabric in an entropic state of flux. Read More