Huber Joins the Mayors’ Institute on City Design as a Resource Team Member

Assistant Professor Jeffrey Huber recently participated in the East Regional Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) as one of eight resource team members. The MICD session was hosted by the City of Miami Beach and Florida international University College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, and included mayors from North Miami; Schenectady, NY; Fall River, MA; West Haven, CT; Pleasantville, NY; College Park, MD; Salisbury, MD; and Greenville, SC. MICD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, MICD has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities. MICD achieves its mission by organizing sessions where mayors engage leading design experts to find solutions to the most critical urban design challenges facing their cities. Every year partner organizations host eight MICD sessions nationwide. Each session is limited to eight mayors and eight resource team members, where resource team members are recognized as outstanding design and development professionals with national expertise.

Assistant Professor Jeff Huber Awarded the ACSA 2016 Collaborative Practice Award

Funded by the Clinton Global Initiative, the project, “The Absence of Food in Urban Design and Planning” addressed new development that aimed towards enabling the City of Fayetteville, Arkansas to sustain its food budget through a local urban agriculture network. The project team consisted of faculty and students from ecological engineering, agriculture and food law, and food science in addition to architecture. The team collaborated with local nonprofits, the Local Food Code Task Force, FEED Fayetteville, and the Fayetteville Forward Local Food Group to formulate a planning toolkit, develop demonstration projects, and enact enabling land-use reform adopted by the city council in 2014. Food City is an applied research tool in the statewide effort to correct misalignments between food production and consumer access through policy/development reform. Urban farming groups and food banks are now commissioning new food production projects modeled on the plan, including a crowd-funded teaching urban farm.

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