SAT-A02 Food for Thought: Productive Landscapes in the Public Realm

Claire Baker
Pennsylvania Horticulture Society
Philadelphia, PA 
United States

Claire Baker is Director of Gardening Programs for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). She manages PHS City Harvest and PHS Growers Alliance projects, and has led community engagement and greening teams focused on parks revitalization, youth environmental stewardship, and Pop Up Gardens on vacant lots as well as other green-related initiatives. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Claire has 20 years of non-profit management experience in Philadelphia. Prior to joining PHS, Claire served as Director of Operations and Interim Executive Director of the Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA), Executive Director of the William Way LGBT Community Center, and Manager of Off-Air Civic Engagement Activities and Events for WHYY. She is an avid backyard gardener.

Luisa Oliveira
City of Somerville
Somerville, MA 
United States
Luisa Oliveira, ASLA, is a Senior Planner for Landscape Design in the City of Somerville, Massachusetts, the most densely populated city in the Northeast. She has worked in both public and private offices and was the landscape architect leading  Mayor Joe Curtatone’s municipal team that created the first Urban Agriculture Ordinance in the state of Massachusetts. In addition to working on urban parks and open space projects in Somerville, Luisa writes the Somerville Urban Ag Blog:
Nat Bradford
Seneca, SC 
Nat Bradford, RLA ASLA founded Eco Art, LLC in Seneca, SC, a holistic Landscape Architecture firm founded on stewardship of the earth.  He farms and maintains the breed of his family's 170 year old heirloom Bradford watermelon.  He is a husband and father of five , with whom he runs Watermelons for Water, a charity that provides drinking wells and medication to treat waterborne illnesses all over the world.  He is guiding his practice toward the fusion of Landscape Architecture and Sustainable Agriculture.
David Rubin, ASLA
Philadelphia, PA 
United States
David A. Rubin, ASLA, FAAR is the Founding Partner of Land Collective, an international landscape architecture and urban design firm dedicated to empathetic-thinking and social sustainability in the design of the public realm. A former partner and owner of Olin, Rubin is the 2011-12 Rome Prize recipient in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome, and was recently acknowledged by Dell as an #Inspire 100 honoree, "100 influencers in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, education and media who use technology to empower and inspire others." He is responsible for the design of Eskenazi Health Hospital Campus and Commons in Indianapolis, and while partner at Olin, Lenfest Plaza at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Canal Park in Washington, DC’s Southeast District, among other efforts.
Sat, 11/16: 11:00 AM  - 12:30 PM 
Education Session 
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 
Room: 253 
PDH Credits: 1.5 
Proponents of urban agricultural landscapes practice at the intersection of design, health, and policy. This burgeoning movement draws encouragement from the inter-related benefits of community participation, healthy living, and increased economic strength. A community activist, landscape architect, and city official discuss paths to productive landscapes.

Learning Objective

1) Recognize the current labyrinth of codes governing productive municipal landscapes.
2) Explore productive landscapes that revitalize the urban experience, establish community, and engender health and vigor.
3) Discover new concepts for incorporating productive landscapes at a variety of scales.
4) Understand the potential of urban agriculture and the benefits of embracing it. 


Education Credits