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+ The Role of Food and Agriculture in the Design and Planning of Buildings and Cities: Programme

The following are the proposed details of the six sessions of the symposium. Each session will include several presentations followed by an open discussion. The programme is subject to change.

Friday 2 May 2008

Registration 12-2 pm, 6-7 pm

1st session (2:00pm to 3:45pm) - Keynotes/Food for Talk:
What have designers and planners been doing about food?
Joe Nasr (moderator/discussant)
Jerome Kaufman: Food in Planning: A Seven Year Odyssey From Off The Table To On The Table
André Viljoen: Designing for urban agriculture: examples and issues

2nd session (4:15pm to 6:00pm)
Regulations and Institutions as influences on food and agriculture
Pamela Robinson (moderator/discussant)
Diana Lee-Smith: On local regulations and urban agriculture: Lessons from East Africa
Lorella Di Cintio: Food and health regulations and their links to design: The food cart as example
Nina-Marie Lister: Placing food: Legislative and policy challenges and opportunities to activate Toronto’s edible landscape
Gary Wilkins and Sonia Dhir: A conservation authority integrates urban agriculture: New partners, new crops, new ways of doing business

Evening (6:30 to 8:30 pm)
Reception and official opening of the symposium and exhibition.
Welcome words by Stal Boctor (Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science – invited), Kendra Schank Smith (Chair, Department of Architectural Science) and Cecilia Rocha (Director, Centre for Studies in Food Security).

Saturday 3 May 2008

Registration 8:30 - 9:00 am

3rd session: (9:00 am to 10:45am)
Built form as a setting for food and agriculture
David Anselmi (moderator/discussant)
Leila Farah: Physical impact of food on the making of pre-industrial settlements: The case of Montreal under French rule
Joe Lobko: Brownfield redux: Food in the adaptation of the Brick Works and Wychwood Barns in Toronto
Chris Hardwicke: Ravine City / Farm City: Gardening and density in Toronto
Adrian Blackwell: Constructible and mobile food architecture: The Mount Dennis studio

4th session: (11:00 am to 12:45 pm)
Processes of planning and designing for food and agriculture
Glenn Miller (moderator/discussant)
Martin Bailkey: Combining agriculture, nature and housing: Madison’s Troy Gardens
Lauren Baker: On the development of a food strategy for the Brick Works project
Joongsub Kim: Urban agriculture in the community design studio: The Detroit Studio example
Mark Gorgolewski: Urban agriculture in the design charrette: The Black Creek Urban Farm example

Lunch: (12:45pm to 1:45 pm)

5th session: (1:45 pm to 3:45 pm)
Teaching planners and designers about food and agriculture
Daniel Doz (moderator/discussant)
Gerda Wekerle: Reflections from a “foodie hotbed”: The experience of York's Faculty of Environmental Studies
Vikram Bhatt and Nik Luka: From international development to a more edible Montréal: Urban agriculture and urban design at McGill
June Komisar: Nurturing an emerging interest in food and agriculture: The Ryerson architecture experience
Domenic Vitiello: From community garden to community food security: Grupo Motivos and Penn Planning

6th session: (3:45 pm to 5:45pm)
Making connections through food and agriculture
Lorraine Johnson (moderator/discussant)
Nevin Cohen: Food and agriculture as bridge between design and liberal arts
Marc Xuereb and John Lubczynski: Planning for a healthy food system: Collaboration between the public health and planning departments in the region of Waterloo
Marielle Dubbeling: Participatory design of productive public spaces for urban agriculture: The experience of Rosario, Argentina Bruce Darrell: Linking urban agriculture and built form to carbon cycles, energy use and nutrient flows Wendy Mendes: Beyond feeding people: Food system planning with multiple outcomes in mind

Concluding remarks by symposium organizers

Free/Informal networking

Sunday 4 May 2008

Morning: (9:00am to 1:00pm)
Field visit by bus to selected sites in Toronto where designers and planners are working on food-related issues. Sites to be visited include: The BrickWorks (Evergreen), FoodShare, the Green Arts Barn (Wychwood Barn – The Stop Community Food Centre), and Black Creek Urban Farm (City of Toronto and Toronto Region Conservation Authority). The visit would end at Parc Downsview Park, before returning to Ryerson University. Registration ahead of time is required for this tour.

Afternoon: (2:30pm to 4.30pm)
Optional walking tour on “Growing Urban Landscapes”, one of “Jane’s Walks” ( Leaders: James Kuhns ( and Rhonda Teitel-Payne ( The walking tour begins at the Green Barn at the northeast corner of Wychwood and Benson (one block south of St. Clair). Those taking part in the morning bus tour will be dropped off near the start of the walking tour before lunch. Details on getting to the Green Arts Barn on one’s own will be provided at registration time. Jane's Walks are free and open to the public so registration is not required.

Speakers, moderators/discussants

Mark Gorgolewski – Associate Professor, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University –
June Komisar – Assistant Professor, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University –
Joe Nasr – Associate, Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University –

Keynote speakers [for Food for Talk session]:
Jerry Kaufman, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; co-author, APA Policy Guide on Community and Regional Food Planning (USA)
Andre Viljoen – Lecturer, School of Architecture and Design, Brighton Univ. (UK); partner, Bohn and Viljoen Architects, London; lead editor, CPULs: Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes
Other speakers or moderators/discussants – from outside Ontario:
Martin Bailkey – co-coordinator, North American Urban and Periurban Agriculture Alliance; vice-chair, Dane County Food Council, Madison,WI
Vikram Bhatt – Professor and Director, Minimum Cost Housing Group, School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal
Nevin Cohen – Assistant Professor, Eugene Lang College, New School for Liberal Arts, New York City
Bruce Darrell – Associate, Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability; Moderator, Food Urbanism blog, Dublin
Marielle Dubbeling – Senior adviser, ETC Urban Agriculture and RUAF-the international network of Resource centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security
Leila Farah – Doctoral candidate, Minimum Cost Housing Group, School of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal
Joongsub Kim – Associate Professor, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
Nik Luka – Assistant Professor and Urban Design Program Coordinator, School of Architecture and School of Urban Planning, McGill University, Montreal
Domenic Vitiello – Assistant Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Other speakers or moderators/discussants – from within Ontario:
David Anselmi – Vice President for Park Development, Parc Downsview Park
Lauren Baker – Ph.D. candidate, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University; and Food Strategy Consultant, Evergreen Brickworks Project
Adrian Blackwell – Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, the University of Toronto
Lorella Di Cintio – Instructor, School of Interior Design, Ryerson University
Daniel Doz – Dean, Faculty of Communication & Design, Ryerson University
Chris Hardwicke - Architect, Toronto
Lorraine Johnson – Author; editor, Ground: Landscape Architect Quarterly; Lay Councillor, Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
Diana Lee-Smith – co-founder, Mazingira Institut
e; former coordinator, African Regional programme, Urban Harvest, Nairobi, Kenya
Nina-Marie Lister – Associate Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
Joe Lobko – Principal, duToit Allsopp Hillier/ duToit Architects, Toronto
John Lubczynski – Principal Planner, Region of Waterloo Community Planning Department
Wendy Mendes – Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for Urban Health Initiatives, University of Toronto; formerly Food Systems Planner, City of Vancouver
Glenn Miller – Director, Education and Research, Canadian Urban Institute, Toronto
Pamela Robinson – Assistant Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University
Cecilia Rocha –, Ryerson University; Associate Professor, School of Nutrition, Ryerson University
Rhonda Teitel-Payne – Urban Agriculture Coordinator, The Stop Community Food Centre, Toronto
Gerda Wekerle – Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Marc Xuereb – Public Health Planner, Region of Waterloo Public Health Department


Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Ryerson University (
Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University (
Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University (
School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University (
North American Urban and Periurban Agriculture Alliance (
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (
Ryerson Embodied Architecture Lab, Ryerson Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science, Ryerson University

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