Saturday, Mar 30, 2019

Rising Urbanists: Reframing the Urban Forest


Saturday, Mar 30, 2019

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
141 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Sciame Auditorium (107)


The ASLA-NY Student Chapter at the City College of New York is organizing a multi-disciplinary conference to imagine the potential for urban forestry to address social and environmental justice issues within our cities. This conference is a groundbreaking forum for the next generation of urbanist thinkers to organize around long-term green infrastructure strategies rather than disciplinary hierarchies. An expansive approach to the urban forest could drive urban design by engaging and building form intersecting interests throughout our urban environment. Lunch, coffee and snacks provided, and a rooftop social hour to follow!

Sponsored by: City College of New York, ASLA-NY, Permaloc, Anova, Deeproot, Victor Stanley, Landscape Details, B Thayer Associates.

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8:30am - Check-in/Coffee

9:00am - Opening Remarks
Gordon Gebert – Interim Dean, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
Denise Hoffman Brandt - Director of Graduate Landscape Architecture Program, CCNY

9:15am - Keynote Speaker: Kristina Hill, Ph.D. – UC Berkeley

10:00am - NYC Understory: Novel Ecosystems for Resilient Urban Forests
Moderator: Marcha Johnson, Ph.D., ASLA - NYC Parks, CCNY
Andrew Lavallee, FASLA, RLA – Siteworks, CCNY
Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, AIA, ASLA - CCNY
Leila Mougoui, Natural Areas Conservancy

11:30am - Just Cities: Arboreal Solutions for Reducing Stress and Adversity
Moderator: Shawn Rickenbacker, Director, J. Max Bond Center, CCNY
Toni L. Griffin - Urban Planning for the American City
Erika Svendsen, Ph.D. - U.S. Forest Service
Sonja Dümpelmann, Ph.D. - Harvard
Navé Strauss, Director of Street Tree Planting - NYC DPR

1:00pm - Lunch + MLA Studio tours

2:00pm - Queering the Urban Forest: Heterotopias and Peripheral Spaces
Moderator: Sean Weiss, Ph.D.  - CCNY
Kristina Hill, Ph.D. - UC Berkeley
Gordon Brent Brochu-Ingram, Ph.D. - KEXMIN field station
Jaffer Kolb  - New Affiliates
Darren Patrick - York University

3:45pm - The Future of our Canopies: Activism and Stewardship for Sustainable Urban Forests
Moderator: Andrea Parker, M.L.A.  - Gowanus Canal Conservancy, CCNY
Lindsay Campbell, Ph.D. - US Forest Service
Amy Seek, M.L.A. - Stantec
Mary Alice Lee - Director at Trust for Public Land
Helen Forgione - Natural Areas Conservancy

5:30pm - Closing Remarks
Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, ASLA, AIA – CCNY

6:00-8:00pm - Rooftop Social Hour - Generously sponsored by Anova Site Furnishings and Permaloc

6 LA CES will be offered for registered professionals.

1.5 ISA CEUs per session for certified arborists.


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Professionals - $50

Students - $10

For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering or participating, please email the planning team:


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