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
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
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
The Urban Design Lab from November 2009 participated in a series of ongoing national initiatives with the Action Center to End World Hunger, Earth Pledge Foundation, Fast Forward Fund, and HealthCorps, geared to enhance awareness of students, children, and the general public on the themes of sustainability, climate change, health, food, and fair trade.
Michael Conard, assistant director of the UDL, presented “Redesigning the Food System for Public Health and Sustainability” at the Center for Disease Control’s National Environmental Public Health Conference. This event, which took place October 26-28 in Atlanta, was organized to encourage innovative strategies for addressing existing and emerging environmental health issues and to provide a… read more
From July 2009, the Urban Design Lab’s Michael Conard and Kubi Ackerman engaged in designing a community health awareness curriculum for the FitTown initiative of the HealthCorp. The curriculum calls for photo documentation and neighborhood mapping, to be distributed in more than 50 high schools across the country.
The Urban Design Lab (UDL) announced in September 2009 its publication of Hancock and the Marcellus Shale: Visioning the Impacts of Natural Gas Extraction along the Upper Delaware, the fourth in a series of documents produced in conjunction with graduate level research seminars in the Urban Design Program at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and… read more
The Urban Design Lab assisted in February 2009 in organizing and facilitating a research seminar with students from the Urban Design Program and Environmental Law Clinic at Columbia University. Students researched and analyzed the environmental constituents associated with the practice of gas drilling as part of an initiative in collaboration with the Upper Delaware Preservation… read more