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
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: