25th Annual Urban Studies and Planning Expo Features Collaborative Food Forest Exhibit

Posted on March 18, 2015 by CLarsen

The 25th annual UCSD Urban Studies and Planning Expo was held Thursday, March 12th 2015, with exhibits of 42 UCSD USP Seniors’ projects addressing a wide range of urban planning issues and topics including Architecture and Urban Design; Community and Economic Development; Environment; Housing; Public Health, Safety and Welfare; Transportation Planning; Urban and Regional Planning; Food Systems, and US-Mexico Border Planning. Over 200 attendees listened to presentations and viewed the student posters and an interactive “Food Forest” exhibit.  

Attendees included other UCSD students, supporting faculty and staff, community based organizations providing internship opportunities, and city planners from throughout San Diego County that came to the Expo as part of a joint meeting of the American Planning Association’s San Diego chapter. The interactive "Food Forest" exhibit featured student and faculty research associated with the UCSD Superfund Research Center, the University of California's Global Food Initiative and the new USP Lab for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design. Live trees and plants that are to be planted on the UCSD campus showed how food forests can become part of Brownfield redevelopment and remediation, build healthy soil ecosystems, provide low-maintenance, environmentally friendly urban agriculture, and improve public health and food justice in low income areas. The exhibit, a brainchild of USP Director Keith Pezzoli, was designed and created by UC Global Food Initiative Student Fellow Jane Kang, and Superfund colleagues Juli Beth Hinds and Catherine Larsen. The event culminated by a presentation by key note speaker and UCSD USP alumnus Arnulfo Manriquez, President and CEO of MAAC (Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Anti-Poverty) and annual USP student awards: Best Video, to Kristi Hsiao; Best Poster and Academic Distinction, both won by Kyle Phillips; Best Senior Project, to Valerie Juguilon; the Charles Phan Health and Human Services Award, to Manuel Avina; and the Meritorious Community Service Award, to Spencer Hayes.


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