5Boro Farm publication launch & panel

Yesterday evening the AIA, Design Trust for Public Space and ASLA hosted a program entitled “Farming Our Future: Diversity and Design Ingenuity in NYC Urban Agriculture” at the Center for Architecture. It was both a panel discussion and a book/study launch. I took some video of the talks.

I did not catch the moderator, Susan Chin’s (who is FAIA, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space) opening remarks as I was still noshing and chatting with other attendees when things got rolling. She introduced the speakers and gave a very succinct overview of the study, ” Five Borough Farm: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City

Here are the speakers.

Colin Cathcart, Partner, Kiss + Cathcart Architects


Pat Kirshner, Director of Operations & Planning, The Battery Conservancy

Elliott Maltby, Principal, thread collective

Toby Tiktinsky, Director BrightFarms


Lee Weintraub, Principal, Lee Weintraub Landscape Architecture

Due to technical difficulties I could not record Michael Wadman, Vice President, Phipps Houses‘s talk either. He, and Phipps House, was involved with the Via Verde project, earlier discussed by Lee, as well.A new project he is working on with The Related Company is Hunters Point South, which is very near to my guerrilla garden in LIC. He noted that the developer is very interested in creating rooftop gardens as amenities in order to compete with the other slick residential units popping up around the area.

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