Celebrating UDL@10

by |December 18th, 2015

On December 8th the Urban Design Lab celebrated 10 years of research pushing the frontiers of urban innovation and interdisciplinary boundaries. There was acknowledgment of meaningful partnerships all over the world, and optimism about further collaborations. In a festive and warm atmosphere colleagues and partners from various professional backgrounds came together at Steelcase on Columbus… read more

Nutrient Management on Extensive Roof Systems

by |October 25th, 2013

Leigh Witthinghill presented at the Ecological Society of America annual conference in Minneapolis in October 2013 on the evaluation of nutrient management and mulching strategies for vegetable production on an extensive green roof.

Glynwood Center Report: Agriculture in the Hudson Valley Region

by |February 11th, 2011

The Urban Design Lab (UDL) mapped and analyzed land-use and agricultural parcel distribution in the Hudson Valley Region for a report released in Februrary 2011 by the Glynwood Center, a longtime partner of the UDL.  This work is part of the Lab’s focus on agriculture and food systems in the New York City region and… read more

FoodWorks: A Vision to Improve NYC’s Food System

by |November 23rd, 2010

In November 2010, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn released FoodWorks, a comprehensive report outlining policy recommendations for New York City’s food systems. Urban Design Lab (UDL) Assistant Director Michael Conard, who sits on the City Council’s Food Policy Advisory Board, and UDL Project Manager Kubi Ackerman were significantly involved in shaping the report, which reflects many… read more

The New York City Regional Foodshed

by |January 28th, 2010

The Urban Design Lab, in partnership with the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture , has received support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to further research on the New York City Regional Foodshed Project. The study will evaluate the potential capacity of agricultural production and distribution infrastructure in the New York City region toward the development of strategies… read more

Dirt Cafe’ Sitopia

by |December 17th, 2009

Of the various initiatives geared to develop a deeper understanding of the underlying implications food has on human life, few could be more pertinent than a discussion around a table. In this spirit, the Urban Design Lab in December 2009 contributed to the climate change discussion, joining an event in Copenhagen sharing experience in food… read more

Food and Climate Change Summit

by |December 12th, 2009

The panel “The Foodshed: Promoting Sustainable Local Agriculture” at the Food and Climate Change Summit at New York University (NYU) in December 2009 saw a crowded gathering for a description of a potential New York City’s Foodshed. The urban Deisign Lab’s Michael Conard led the panel in partnership with the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. The… read more

Sustainable Urban Agriculture

by |November 20th, 2009

Design Research Coordinator Kubi Ackerman presented Urban Design Lab (UDL) work on urban agriculture and food systems at the November 2009 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Innovations in Agriculture Conference in Albany, New York. The presentation, titled “Sustainable Urban Agriculture: Confirming viable scenarios for production”, was part of a panel on… read more