Rising Urbanists

About

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Rising Urbanists:
reframing the urban forest

Each year ASLA-CCNY organizes the Rising Urbanist Conference to open discussion around these important issues. We have explored green infrastructure and coastal resilience, and this year we are excited to make urban forests the focus of our exploration.

The Rising Urbanist Conference is a multi-disciplinary event organized around the landscape architect’s strategic and imaginative methods for collaborative problem solving. We are interested in highlighting better approaches to our city’s most pressing environmental problems and injustices by facilitating a series of conversations that are challenging yet productive. We imagine the potential for the urban forest as a key component and catalyst to drive urban design into the 22nd century, and to address the presence of socio-economic and health disparities, which touches every aspect of our work. This conference is a groundbreaking forum for the next generation of urbanist thinkers to organize around long-term planning strategies rather than disciplinary hierarchies.

We assert that the urban forest is a complex organism in itself, taking on different meanings and roles in the urban ecosystem; there is no singular approach to defining, establishing or managing these systems.

We recognize that our most socially vulnerable groups are heavily impacted by urban planning decisions, while also being excluded from the design process in meaningful and resonant ways.

We challenge our panelists and conference participants to redefine resiliency in the context of the urban forest, and remain open to the challenge of incorporating environmental justice communities into private and municipal development efforts.

MEET THE TEAM

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Hana Georg, Co-Director

Hana Georg, Co-Director

Anna Speidel, Co-Director

Anna Speidel, Co-Director

Rujuta Naringrekar, Sponsorship + Speaker Coordination

Rujuta Naringrekar, Sponsorship + Speaker Coordination

Aly Martori, Treasurer + Tech Fair

Aly Martori, Treasurer + Tech Fair

Thomas McElhenney, Speaker Coordination + Logistics

Thomas McElhenney, Speaker Coordination + Logistics

Sarah Dornner, Art Committe + Social Media

Sarah Dornner, Art Committe + Social Media

Garrett Ray, Speaker Coordination

Garrett Ray, Speaker Coordination

Justin Robertson, Tech Fair + Marketing

Justin Robertson, Tech Fair + Marketing

Jordan Warner, Speaker Coordination + Logistics

Jordan Warner, Speaker Coordination + Logistics

Nusrat Alam, Event Coordination

Nusrat Alam, Event Coordination

Anna McKeigue, Marketing

Anna McKeigue, Marketing

Nina Medakovich, Speaker + Event Coordination
Catherine Priolet, Event Coordination + Art Committee
Lindsay Ruotolo, Speaker Planning + Logistics

City College of New York Faculty Advisor:
Catherine Seavitt Nordenson

CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities Faculty Advisor:
Douglas Price