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The Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School is teaming up with 596 Acres and practitioners from around the world for a 2-day symposium about transforming vacant land into community resources. Neat!

66 West 12th Street, Room 510

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Coffee and Registration

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Alan McGowan, Chair and Professor, Environmental Studies,The New School, NYC
Paula Z. Segal, Director, 596 Acres, Brooklyn

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Identifying Opportunities & Facilitating Transformations: Creating Oases in All Our New Yorks

Moderated by Laura J. Lawson, Chair and Professor of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University, New Jersey

The history of community gardening in NYC
Haja and Cindy Worley, Gardeners, NYC Community Garden Coalition

NYC’s unique program for making municipal land available for community use
Nancy Kohn, Director, NYC Parks Department GreenThumb

Design solutions for transforming community gardens into inclusive space
Martin Barry, Green Infrastructure Fellow, Design Trust for Public Space

Potential incentives for private land-owners to make their land available to neighbors
Assembly Member Joseph Lentol, New York State Assembly

Running a farm on a privately-owned vacant lot in Brooklyn
Meera Bhat, Farmer, Prospect Farm, Brooklyn

3:15pm – 4:00 pm
Protecting Community Access to Land: Keeping Our Greens
Moderated by Paula Z. Segal, Director, 596 Acres, Brooklyn

The role of public trust doctrine & litigation
Legal Teams and Plaintiffs from the LaGuardia Corner & Boardwalk Community Gardens:
Aziz Dehkan, Executive Director, NYC Community Garden Coalition
Joel Kupferman, Esq., Attorney for Coney Island Boardwalk Garden, Brooklyn
Ellen Horan, Gardener, LaGuardia Corner Gardens, Manhattan
Sara Vacchiano, Esq., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Attorneys for LaGuardia Corner Gardens

Transparency, accountability & legislation
Raymond Figueroa Reyes, Board President, NYC Community Garden Coalition

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Establishing Long Term Management: In Perpetuity
Moderated by Robert Crauderueff, Crauderueff & Associates, Inc.

Non-profit ownership and the role of design and capital projects
Chris Vanterpool, Director of Capital Administration, New York Restoration Project

The land trust model of protection for community property
Demetrice Mills, Board President, Brooklyn Queens Land Trust

Combining housing and community space through a community land trust on the Lower East Side
Katy Lyle, Board Member, Cooper Square Community Land Trust

Building capacity for more community property in New York City
Arvernetta Henry, Member, Picture the Homeless, NYC Community Land Initiative

55 West 13th Street,Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
8:30 am – 9:00 am
Coffee and Registration

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Laura Auricchio, Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies, The New School, NYC USA
Paula Z. Segal, Director, 596 Acres, Brooklyn NY USA

9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Session 1: Identifying Opportunities & Facilitating Transformations
Moderated by Paula Z. Segal, Director, 596 Acres, Brooklyn NY USA

Gaelle Janvier, Project Director, Alternatives, Montreal Canada
Chelina Odbert, Co-founder, Executive Director, Kuonkey Design Initiative, OH USA
Jeffrey Kruth, Urban Designer, KSU Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, OH USA
Bob Grossman, Director, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, PA USA
Gil Lopez, Co-founder, Smiling Hogshead Ranch, Queens NY USA
Israel Cruz,T.I.L.L. Program Manager, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, CA USA
Sara Longo, Doctoral Candidate, UC Davis Department of Human Ecology, Davis CA USA
Mark Glassock, Policy Analyst, Community Health Councils, Inc., Los Angeles CA USA
Thomas Gooch, Co-founder, 3,000 Acres, Melbourne Australia
Sanjay Kharod, Executive Director, New Orleans Food and Farm Network, LA USA

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Session 1 Activity

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch Break

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Session 2: Protecting Community Access to Land
Moderated by Mark Glassock, Policy Analyst, Community Health Councils, Los Angeles CA USA

Becky Lundberg Witt, Staff Attorney, Baltimore Community Law Center MD USA
Aissa Richardson, President, African American United Fund, Philadelphia PA USA
Marco Clausen, Co-founder, Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin Germany
Farida Vis, Research Fellow, Everyday Growing Cultures, Manchester UK
Aresh Javadi, Executive Director, and members of More Gardens!, NYC USA

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Session 2 Activity

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Session 3: Developing Models for Predictable Land Tenure
Moderated by Amy Laura Cahn, Garden Justice Legal Initiative, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, PA USA

Johanna Rosen, Program Associate, Farms for Farmers Program, Equity Trust, Amherst MA USA
Miriam Avins, Executive Director, Baltimore Green Space, MD USA
Thiago Soares Barbizan, Architect and Urban Planner, Cidades Sem Fome/Cities Without Hunger, Sao Paulo Brasil
Jennifer Kates, Esq., Legislative Assistant, City Council, Philadelphia PA USA

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Session 3 Activity

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Session 4: Establishing Long Term Land Management
Moderated by Sanjay Kharod, Executive Director, New Orleans Food and Farm Network, LA USA

Matt Delsesto, Urban Activist and Scholar-Practitioner, Boston Food Project, MA USA
Kevin Egolf, Director of Business Development, Iroquois Valley Farms, NY USA
Ben Helphand, Executive Director, NeighborSpace, Chicago IL USA
Jacqueline Hand, Esq., Professor of Law, Univ. of Detroit Mercy School of Law, MI USA
Shane Bernardo, Outreach Coordinator, Earthworks Urban Farm, Detroit MI USA

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Session 4 Activity

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Close and Reception
Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served


April 22, 2014 @ 1:30 pm
April 23, 2014 @ 7:00 pm


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