Buffalo's "Blank Snow" Park

By Diana Budds / Published by Dwell
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A few weeks ago, the possibility of snow at sea level here in the San Francisco Bay Area raised quite a stir. Will it? Won't it? Should we ready our toboggans and show shoes? Nary a flake has fallen in SF since the seventies and only some of the upper elevations received a dusting in the wee hours of the morning (and surely more than a few hopes of waking up to a winter wonderland were dashed). In the northeast where feet—and not just flakes—of snow are the norm, Sergio López-Piñeiro, an architecture professor at the University of Buffalo, has spent the winter working with a local parks conservancy to plow the snow in the parking lot of the Frederick Law Olmstead-designed Front Park into a giant polka dot pattern. His celebration of the season transforms a "nuisance" into something quirky and beautiful, creating a more vibrant city. Here's López-Piñeiro on the design's backstory:

Diana Budds


A New York-based writer, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis. Before rising to Senior Editor at Dwell—where she helped craft product coverage, features, and more—Diana worked in the Architecture and Design departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She counts finishing a 5K as one of her greatest accomplishments, gets excited about any travel involving trains, and her favorite magazine section is Rewind. Learn more about Diana at: http://dianabudds.com

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