Spring 2021

The Baldy Center Podcast

Middle East after university-led urban renewal. Photograph courtesy of Erkin Özay.

Middle East after university-led urban renewal. Photograph courtesy of Erkin Özay, 2019.

Episode 11: Erkin Özay discusses his new book, Urban Renewal and School Reform in Baltimore: Rethinking the 21st Century Public School

Published February 10, 2021

Episode 11 features Erkin Özay, assistant professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning. Özay discusses his new book “Urban Renewal and School Reform in Baltimore: Rethinking the 21st Century Public School” (Routledge 2021), and his holistic approach to the relationships among urban development, urban design, and schools.

Keywords: Cultural Studies, Culture and Society, Education Policy, Urban Design, Urban Studies

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About the book

Urban Renewal and School Reform in Baltimore (Routledge, 2020) examines the role of the contemporary public school as an instrument of urban design. The central case study in this book, Henderson-Hopkins, is a PK-8 campus serving as the civic centerpiece of the East Baltimore Development Initiative. This study reflects on the persistent notions of urban renewal and their effectiveness for addressing the needs of disadvantaged neighborhoods and vulnerable communities. Situating the master plan and school project in the history and contemporary landscape of urban development and education debates, this book provides a detailed account of how Henderson-Hopkins sought to address several reformist objectives, such as improvement of the urban context, pedagogic outcomes, and holistic well-being of students. Bridging facets of urban design, development, and education policy, this book contributes to an expanded agenda for understanding the spatial implications of school-led redevelopment and school reform. Learn more about the book.

Erkin Özay, Assistant Professor, UB Department of Architecture.

Erkin Özay

About the Author

Erkin Özay Assistant Professor, UB Department of Architecture

Research Topics: Historic Preservation, Urban Design

Erkin Özay is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning. Özay’s research is concerned with institutional and cooperative settings and their ability to serve as mediators against structural inequities affecting the lives of vulnerable urban communities. Özay previously taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Toronto, and Northeastern University. A registered architect in Massachusetts, he also practiced with various international firms including Foster and Partners in London, UK, and Hashim Sarkis Studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more.

Twitter: @erkinozay

2020-21 Podcast Producer

Azalia Muchransyah.

Azalia Muchransyah


Azalia Muchransyah is a filmmaker, writer, and scholar from Indonesia. In Spring 2021 she completed her PhD in Media Study. During her time as our podcast producer, she was a PhD Candidate in Media Study at UB. Muchransyah's research investigates the status of activist media, specifically for HIV advocacy in Indonesia. Her short films have been officially selected for screening at international festivals and academic conferences.

Executive Producers

Samantha Barbas, PhD
Professor, UB School of Law
Director, The Baldy Center

Caroline Funk, PhD
Associate Director, The Baldy Center

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