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Everyday Ecologies

Everyday EcologiesEveryday Ecologies: A Four Part Conversation was a series of discussions held in partnership with City College of New York and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. Each of these conversations invited speakers to reflect on a “zombie” idea or theory that they contest through design, planning, or projective research. Through this collective project, Everyday Ecologies aims to establish footholds from which to launch a new approach to design and planning discourse: boundless non-human and human communities — a cocktail of cultures crossing economic and class strata with overlapping gender, racial, and spiritual identities — that complement but also compete with each other for rights and means to perpetuate their needs and desires. You can watch all conversations here on the Everyday Ecologies channel.

  • October 22, 2020 | Moderator: Thaisa Way
    Andrea Johnson, Amy Lerner, Sierra Bainbridge, and Lindsay Campbell
  • October 29, 2020 | Moderator: Thaisa Way
    Kate Orff, Elizabeth Hénaff, Andrea Parker, and Erika Svendsen
  • November 5, 2020 | Moderator: Tim Maly
    Maria Villalobos, Cassie Fennell, Heather McMillen, and Denise Hoffman Brandt
  • November 12, 2020 | Moderator: Denise Hoffman Brandt
    Liz Barry, Ana Maria Duran, Matthew Seibert, and Julia Czerniak


Artwork promoting Queens Museum exhibitWho Takes Care of New York? is an exploration of the variety of civic groups that exist and thrive in New York City, and the ways that they care for and support their local environments. Displayed through maps, art, and storytelling, this exhibition aims to empower visitors with an understanding of their capacity to make lasting changes in their neighborhoods.

This exhibition is organized by the USDA Forest Service’s New York City Urban Field Station (NYC UFS) and Pratt Institute’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI), along with Independent Curator, Christina Freeman. Featured artists whose work aligns with the themes of community-based stewardship, civic engagement, and social infrastructure, include Magali Duzant and Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, and two NYC Urban Field Station Artists-in-Residence, Matthew Jensen and Julia Oldham.

Please visit the Who Takes Care of New York? homepage for additional exhibition details and information regarding all programming and events.”


The NYC UFS and MillionTreesNYC kicked off the U.S. celebration of the United Nations International Year of Forests 2011 with a welcome reception at Lincoln Center, where Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell highlighted the importance of working in partnership across jurisdictions, boundaries, and landscapes to reverse forest loss, and to increase the health and productivity of forests domestically and globally. The year-long, world-wide celebration raised awareness and inspired actions to sustainably manage and conserve the world's trees and forests. [photo:] Woodsy says Lend a hand.  Photo by Tamberly Conway.The United Nations objectives for the International Year of Forests were to: reverse the loss of forest cover, enhance economic, social and environmental benefits, increase the area of sustainably managed forests, and encourage increased spending on managing and improving forests.


In 2008, the Forest Service NYC Urban Field Station (UFS) partnered with MillionTreesNYC, Cornell University, and the New School to host the MillionTreesNYC, Green Infrastructure, and Urban Ecology Workshop. Approximately 80 researchers and practitioners participated in the multi- day workshop that consisted of presentations, small-group discussion, site visits, and plenary meetings. The report from the workshop presents an interdisciplinary research agenda to inform the adaptive management of the MillionTreesNYC Campaign. In 2010, the UFS helped convene the MillionTreesNYC, Green Infrastructure, and Urban Ecology Research Symposium at The New School in New York City. Over 200 researchers and practitioners met to discuss diverse topics such as urban heat island mitigation, street tree mortality, and environmental stewardship. Invited speakers, papers and posters showcased recent advances in urban ecological thinking and design applications. Visit the symposium website at http://www.milliontreesnyc.org/html/research/index.shtml.