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Andrea Johnson at CCNY Panel on Food Insecurity

Vyjayanthi Rao

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This World Food Day, October 16, Terreform research director, Andrea Johnson will take part in a round table panel discussion along with Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams; and Nicholas Freudenberg, Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy.

The discussion will focus on “current policy efforts surrounding the fight against food insecurity and efforts in regards to food sustainability on a local and national level.”

The City College of New York President, Vincent Boudreau, will moderate the discussion. The event is organized by The City College of New York Office of the President, The City College of New York Office of Institutional Advancement and Communications, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.

OCT. 16th - Panel Discussion: Food Insecurity in Our Community / Time: 12:00-2:00PM / Shepard Hall 350  Free.  Regist er for tickets.

OCT. 16th - Panel Discussion: Food Insecurity in Our Community / Time: 12:00-2:00PM / Shepard Hall 350

Free. Register for tickets.

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Andrea Johnson, Research Director, coordinates numerous publications and collaborates on design research projects. Andrea has worked with Diana Wiesner Architecture and Landscape, the Bogotá Mountain Foundation, and Urban Think Tank. She is a graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at The City College of New York where she has also taught Digital Representation. In 2015, she was named a National Olmsted Scholar Finalist. Prior to her landscape studies, Andrea provided immigration legal services in NYC and assisted women to start small businesses in Puerto Rico.

📷 Philippe Schmidt. Earlier this year, Andrea presented Terreform’s New York City (Steady State): Home Grown project at Bauhaus University, Weimar, as part of the 2019 International Model Project Forum.


Diagram: Foodshed Supply Chain Over Time in “Designing for Re-Engtanglement” by Terreform, PLOT Volume 8: Cookbook. The essay derives from forthcoming Urban Research book,   Home Grown.

Diagram: Foodshed Supply Chain Over Time in “Designing for Re-Engtanglement” by Terreform, PLOT Volume 8: Cookbook. The essay derives from forthcoming Urban Research book, Home Grown.

As designers and planners, our natural impulse is to seek out metrics for quantitative improvement wherever we work, but acting on that motivation often cause us to overestimate the importance of the built environment and underestimate its context. Like the sanitary mapping of 1865 that sought to link environmental nuisances with public health, today’s mapping treats food environments as abstract territory rather than lived space and misses opportunities to leverage these systems within broader city policies and funding streams.

In Home Grown, we are proposing strategies that re-entangle food with broader planning and design goals to connect with other facets of the city metabolism not through the universal development of completely closed loop systems, but rather by reimagining food as a public utility supported by greater university investment that forges connections both locally and in the greater region.
PLOT Volume 8: Cookbook. FRONT AND BACK COVER Emma Ressel, Beef Tartare and Anchovies, Cream Cheese, and Beer, from the series Insatiable Hunger and the Peacock’s Plume.

PLOT Volume 8: Cookbook. FRONT AND BACK COVER Emma Ressel, Beef Tartare and Anchovies, Cream Cheese, and Beer, from the series Insatiable Hunger and the Peacock’s Plume.


Terreform is a nonprofit urban research and advocacy center founded in 2005. Its imprint, UR (Urban Research), is a book series devoted to cities and their futures. We invite the collaboration of all who share our interest in creating sustainable, beautiful, and just cities around the world.