By Brett DeNeve:
Have you ever wondered what a building would say if it could talk? Would it complain about smog blocking its view on those hazy afternoons? Would it complain about being built in a place it really didn’t have a say in? If you honestly have thought this stuff out I commend you, but if you haven’t, that’s okay because we can tell their stories for them.
6 Minute Building Stories is an informal gathering featuring presentations by esteemed speakers from across the board of cultural disciplines. The event will be held this coming Thursday, September 19th at One HSBC Center on the 37th floor.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and presentations will begin at 6 p.m. sharp. Admission is free to the public and, don’t worry, there will be a cash bar. Parking is available on the street, in the underground garage beneath the Center, in parking lots on Seneca Street and Swan Street, and also in the parking ramp across Washington Street.
Building Stories is a multi-media personal history project documenting and sharing profound individual experiences with architecture, construction, landscape and planning throughout Western New York.
The list of speakers, in no particular order, are as follows: Patrick Ravines, Director of Art Conservation at Buffalo State, Lou Haremski, Owner of LooseLumber, Steve FitzMaurice, COO, Seneca One Realty, Paul Pellegrino, Director of Support Services at Hodgson Russ, Jax Deluca, Executive Director of Squeaky Wheel, Michael Lennon, Architect at Flynn Battaglia Architects, Katie Schneider, Photographer and Owner of Katie Schnieder Photography, Anne Downey, Partner at Hodgson and Russ, Jason Wilson, Director of Operations at Preservation Buffalo Niagara, and David Lage`, Owner of Lage` Architecture.
Sponsors of this event, Baer & Associates LLC, Butterwood, and the Buffalo Architecture Foundation, open the doors to anyone in the community who wants to participant in celebrating this area’s elegant architecture.
Through a partnership with the University of Buffalo Libraries and the Buffalo Architecture Foundation (BAF), Building Stories are easily accessible online at UBdigit, which houses collections of multi-media ranging from video to still photography to print material and more (see link).
BAF’s mission is to more or less inspire the exploration and appreciation of architecture and how it influences our daily lives. Support the mission. Support Western New York architecture.
*If you don’t know what to search specifically, just click browse and it will take you to a collective of the works available*