Transforming Cities: How Food Systems Shape Cities

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BioCities and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at

Harvard Graduate School of Design (“Zofnass Program”)

are proud to debut the first installment in our

TRANSFORMING CITIES series:  How Food Systems Shape Cities

 On May 2nd, we will take an in-depth look at the ecological, social and economic issues surrounding our ability to feed cities. Special guests will debate the questions: How can NYC tap our regional farm economy? How can food systems integrate with urban ecologies? Can urban farming work as a viable economic enterprise and scale successfully in a dense urban environment? What is the potential of agriculture for renewing the natural capital and infrastructure of cities? Our event will feature a locally provided lunch (sponsored by Whole Foods Market) and a chance to hear from some of the businesses that are addressing these issues.

 When: Wednesday May 2

Where: Solo Event Space

When: day – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, night 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
40 Broad Street (ground floor)
New York, NY 10004

Evening Panel (6:30 PM – 8:00 PM)

Carolyn Steel: Author of Hungry City

Brian Halweil: Editor Edible East End, Publisher Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan

Tim Beatley: Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, School of Architecture UVA, Author of Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning

Adam Freed: Deputy Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability

*** Evening Panelists will also be participating in daytime sessions

 Daytime Sessions (8:00 AM – 5:30 PM)

 Tom Jost: Senior Urban Strategist, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Kathleen Bakewell: Executive Director, BioCities

Alec Baxt: FarmingUp

Tyler Caruso, Erik Facteau: Seeing Green

Kubi Ackerman: Columbia Urban Design Lab

Tristam Coffin: Whole Foods Market

Nick Lichter: Organic Valley

Viraj Puri: Gotham Greens

Captain Jeff Northrop, Sr.: Westport Aquaculture

Ken Jaffe: Slope Farms

Patrick Hooker: Empire State Development Corporation

Bomee Jung: Enterprise Community Partners

Transforming Cities is a series of transdisciplinary discussions to provoke and inspire new ideas and directions for city infrastructure and its related physical, economic and social systems. The series is presented by BioCities and The Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.

 Generous support is provided by:

 Whole Foods Market

Enterprise Community Partners


Parsons Brinckerhoff


Our partners for this event are Edible Manhattan and Urban Green Council.

 Additional support is provided by Regional Plan Association and American Planning Association and the Green Rabbits

 Learning Credits offered (All Day): ASLA: 7.5 LA CES HSW CE, GBCI: 7.5 CE Hours for all LEED APs, all LEED APs with specialties and all green LEED associates, APA: AICP CM Credits pending (7.5 anticipated)


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Date(s) - 05/02/2012
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Solo Event Space

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