Politics of Urban Agricuture

Linda Goode-Bryant (EATS), Nancy Romer (Brooklyn Food Coalition/Bklyn College), Marcel van Ooyen (GrowNYC) and Tom Angotti (CUNY) were the presenters. Nevin Cohen led them and the audience in an active question and answer session.

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Urban Agriculture: Perspectives from Toronto

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Nature, Culture and Design

Students of Parsons Professor Jean Gardner engage in a group discussion exploring project installations in the Living Concrete exhibition.

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Robert Gottlieb speaks about Food Justice

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Professor Robert Gottlieb discussed his new book, Food Justice, with 150 members of The New School community.

Planning, Food and the Neighborhood

In the second evening program, Alison Mears (School of Design Strategies) and Laura Briggs (School of Constructed Environments) presented two innovative projects that they have developed together with teams of students and faculty at The New School.  Mears worked in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans as part of the Chase Community Development Competition, and Briggs in the Deanwood neighborhood in Washington DC as part of a Solar Decathlon team.

Dean Bill Morrish led a vigorous discussion with comments from Daniel Hernandez (Jonathan Rose Companies), Kubi Ackerman (Columbia Univ) and Lara Penin (School of Design Strategies).

Audience members were able to spend time with the show and also visit the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries which showcased a work-in-progress exhibition of Empowerhouse, the Solar Decathlon collaboration of Parsons with Stevens Institute of Technology

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Mapping the Urban Agriculture System

Students in Professor Nevin Cohen’s Planning Sustainable Cities course are researching, mapping, and building a database about NYC’s food production system.  The maps and database they prepare will be used in the creation of a citywide urban agriculture plan developed by Dr. Cohen and colleagues for the Design Trust for Public Space.

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Food, Design, and Social Justice Panel

Panel: Dennis Derryck, The New School and Corbin Hill Road Farm; Ian Marvy, Added Value; Annie Novak, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm; David Vigil, East New York Farms; and Karen Washington, NYC Community Gardening Coalition.  Moderator: Jerome Chou, Design Trust for Public Space

The panel explored how design thinking – the integration of problem-solving analytical and prototyping methods used by designers and planners – can be applied to urban agriculture to solve critical social problems, from inequitable access to healthy food to the development of social capital within low income communities?  Panelists discussed their radically innovative approaches which range from a farm share business to enable Hunts Point residents to own the land supplying them with fresh produce, to neighborhood farms on asphalt playgrounds and rooftops, to an interconnected community gardening and greenmarket venture in East New York.

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