NYC Panel Discussion


On November 3rd I’ll be in Manhattan to participate in the 2009 Jane Jacobs Forum. This year’s topic focuses on the role of urban agriculture in New York City. It’s open to the public so, check it out if you’re in town.

Here’s the full announcement:

jj-forumRe-Imagining New York: Designing Urban Farms to Feed New York City

Is farming amidst New York City’s concrete jungle–through small urban garden plots or multi-story buildings–a realistic possibility? Or will we rely on large farms on the periphery of the city? Our panelists delve into the economic development and urban design implications of the fundamental question: Can New York, a city whose population is growing while its acreage is shrinking, eventually grow enough food within its boundaries to become self-sufficient?

Moderated by Neal Pierce

Dan Albert – Weber Thompson
Colin Cathcart – Kiss + Cathcart architects
Nevin Cohen – The New School
Dickson Despommier – Columbia University
Ian Marvy – Added Value
Jennifer Nelkin – Gotham Greens

This forum is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Re-Imagining Cities: Urban Design in the Age of Oil, curated and produced by the Penn Institute for Urban Research and on view at the Municipal Art Society of New York, 457 Madison Avenue (October 2 through December 4).

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