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
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In November 2009, Urban Design Lab (UDL) Assistant Director Michael Conard spoke at the Aspen Design Summit, a participatory event where 70 leaders from the design field, nongovernmental organizations, business, social institutions, and foundations gather to share innovative solutions for large scale national and international problems. Conard provided the design-based research perspective to the “Sustainable… read more
Urban Design Lab (UDL) Project Manager Richard Gonzalez participated in 2009 in a conference sponsored by the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies Program at Barnard College on urbanism in relation to public space in New York City titled “Rights of Way”. The panel presentation was followed by a question and answer session with architects,… read more
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) MIT News featured the Urban Design Lab’s National Integrated Foodshed project in the article “Good Food Nation” in November 2009; this research is in partnership with the MIT Collaborative Initiatives program. .
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.
Through the award of an Ultra-X grant from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the Urban Design Lab (UDL) undertook a collaboration with Columbia University colleagues and many community partners on a project aimed at monitoring the neighborhood scale intersections between residents, the improved urban “green”, green roof performance, and… read more
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
Richard Plunz, director of the Urban Design Lab (UDL), participated in an October 2009 discussion on possible urban futures with David Burney, then-Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) at “How Do We Design Successful Cities? Challenges and Solutions” event, sponsored by the New York Chapter of the American Institute of… read more