Eleven Mobile Sessions to explore environmental design and sustainability in New York City! Each session only $25.
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Note: All session times include returning to conference site. Mobile Sessions 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.
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. PURCHASE TICKET
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
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. PURCHASE TICKET
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. 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
Sustainable Building Design--Leader: Elizabeth Hewitt
This workshop will examine best practices in sustainable building design by touring notable sustainable buildings in NYC. Participants will visit the New School’s new University Center in Union Square, which is a 375,000SF LEED-Gold building designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. Participants will also visit the LEED-certified interior headquarters of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which is located on five floors of an historic Art Deco building in the Flatiron District. PURCHASE TICKET
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 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. PURCHASE TICKET
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. 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 walking. PURCHASE TICKET
Transformation: Streets for Cars to Pedestrian Plazas--Leader: Hanife Vardi Topal
In 2009, New York City was the first US city to launch a pedestrian plaza program. NYC’s Department of Transportation, in partnership with local sponsors, began converting underused portions of roadways to spaces for pedestrians. More than 70 pedestrian plazas have been completed or are in development. This transformation of public space for cars, to space for pedestrians employs three tools: incrementalism, pedestrianization, and community partnership. In this workshop, participants will visit four pedestrian plazas on Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, that illustrate variety in the use of these tools and in design and sponsorship. PURCHASE TICKET