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EDRA50 Mobile "Field" Sessions

Mobile Sessions

Ten off-site Mobile "Field" Sessions to explore environmental design and sustainability in New York City! Each session only $25.

10 sessions available. Purchase tickets at links after each session description below.

Space limited. Buy now to save your spot. Transportation costs included for all sessions.
Note: All sessions start and finish at the conference site. Times listed include returning to conference site. Mobile Sessions take place off the conference site and run concurrently with on-site conference presentations. Presenters! Please check for any schedule conflicts with your presentations before purchasing a Mobile Session. Tickets are non-refundable.

Accessibility note:
see individual session descriptions for indications of the degree of walking required, from extensive to moderate to limited.


Friday, May 24, 8:30-11:30am

The Future of Food: Urban Rooftop Farming--Leader: Kris Day

The future of food includes intensified urban agriculture. In dense, vertical cities like New York City, that means rooftop farming. In this workshop, participants will visit Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest rooftop farm. They will hear how the farm was created and how these rooftop farmers engage with local communities. Participants will learn what it takes to maintain a for-profit, rooftop farm in a dense urban context. Moderate walking required.   SOLD OUT


Green-Wood Cemetery: Sustainable Urban Green Space--Leader: Ruth Rae

As cities around the world increase in density, cemeteries play a growing role as urban parks. Cemeteries are cultural and historical landscapes that provide nature for city residents. Green-Wood Cemetery—a national historic landmark—is expanding their public programming and botanical amenities, and increasing their role in environmental advocacy. This workshop explores the historical and sustainable use of cemeteries as urban green space. Participants will examine changes in the meanings of cemeteries as green space, and sustainable landscape management practices and techniques. This workshop includes extensive walking. PURCHASE TICKET  More information: Green-wood Cemetery 


Student-Designed Community Playgrounds: Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playground Program--Leader: Tiffany Briery

Learn how the Trust for Public Land is connecting kids to nature, promoting healthy habits, and building community cohesion through its extensive NYC Playgrounds program. Participants will visit two student-designed, green infrastructure community playgrounds in Brooklyn and will learn about the program’s community-engaged design processes. Moderate walking required.   SOLD OUT


Crime Prevention and Community Engagement: Red Hook Community Justice Center--Leader: Irina Feygina

The winner of multiple national awards for innovation, the Red Hook Justice Center houses a courtroom in which a single judge hears cases that under ordinary circumstances would go to three different courts—Civil, Family, and Criminal. The tools at the judge’s disposal include community restitution projects, short-term psycho-educational groups, and long-term treatment. The Justice Center also offers an array of unconventional programs that work to improve both public safety and trust in justice. An independent evaluation found that the Justice Center significantly reduced recidivism and the number of people receiving jail sentences while enhancing public confidence in government. Limited walking required.  PURCHASE TICKET


Friday, May 24, 2:00-5:30pm

New Ideas in Park Planning and Design: Brooklyn Bridge Park--Leader: Ruth Rae

Participants will visit Brooklyn Bridge Park—a national APA urban design award winner. Born from former industrial piers, the park boasts vibrant programming and amenities for New York City’s diverse residents and visitors. One of New York's newest public parks, the site had to be carefully negotiated to maximize value for park goers and to restart ecological function along New York’s East River edge. This workshop includes extensive walking. PURCHASE TICKET More information: Brooklyn Bridge Park


Indoor Privately Owned Public Spaces: How Public Are They?--Leader: Te-Sheng (Emery) Huang

Privately owned public spaces (POPS) were included in New York City’s zoning resolution in 1961, allowing private developers to build taller buildings than allowed by the zoning code if they incorporated public spaces next to or inside their properties. Based on William Whyte’s landmark research, additional design requirements were added to the zoning resolution in 1975. POPS, particularly those located indoors, have been widely criticized for being too private and exclusive because of their design and management features. This workshop, led by an architect who has documented the design, management and use of these spaces, will give participants an opportunity to consider privacy and exclusivity in several indoor privately-owned public spaces. This workshop includes moderate walking.  PURCHASE TICKET


Memorials and Meaning: Design and Planning of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum--Leader: Kris Day

To memorialize is to wrestle with meanings. This tour examines the design and planning of the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan. Participants will hear from the architects that designed the 9/11 Memorial, and will learn about the varied and divergent meanings tied to local planning and design after 9/11. Participants will also visit the 9/11 Tribute Museum and will hear from museum curators about the challenges in telling the stories of 9/11 to local, national, and international audiences. Limited walking required.   SOLD OUT


Saturday, May 25, 2:00-5:30pm

Gowanus Lowlands: Remaking a Superfund Site--Leader: Leah Wener

Gowanus canal is a former Superfund site that is undergoing rapid transformation. Gowanus is currently responding to Superfund cleanup and a city rezoning process that will fundamentally change the waterfront and transform land uses along the canal. This workshop will explore current initiatives to reduce storm water runoff into the canal through new green infrastructure. Participants will also learn about the Gowanus Lowlands Master Plan – a collaborative, community-driven vision for parks and public space centered on the Gowanus Canal. Moderate walking required. PURCHASE TICKET


“The Yard” Adventure Playground, Governor’s Island--Leader: David Holzman

This workshop will visit Governors Island's “The Yard,” the only adventure playground in New York City and one of few in the U.S. Sometimes also referred to as a "junk playground," adventure playgrounds like The Yard give children opportunities to freely use tools to build from recycled and construction materials while supervised by trained play workers. Participants will learn about The Yard’s history, future, and guiding principles. Closed toe shoes are required; this workshop will require moderate walking. Note: this session begins at 1:45.  SOLD OUT




Register for EDRA50


May 22 - 26, 2019

When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Where: New York University
Brooklyn, New York
United States



Register Today!

Online registration is available until: 5/22/2019


Keynote Speaker


Jan Gehl - Keynote Speaker


Jan Gehl

Architect, professor and consultant on urban design, has focused his career on improving the quality of urban life, by reorienting the design of the city towards the pedestrian, public life and cyclists.

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