Dickson Despommier, Ph.D.
A full-time professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University.
Dr. Dickson Despommier is also the director of the Vertical Farm Project which addresses issues
related to urban agriculture, environmental disturbance, and the restoration of damaged
ecosystems. He envisions multi-story indoor farming facilities that allow for year-round supplies of
fresh, organic, and locally grown food.
Carol Coletta is president and CEO of CEOs for Cities and host and producer of the nationally
syndicated public radio show Smart City. Previously, she served as president of Coletta &
Company in Memphis. In addition, she served as executive director of the Mayorsâ€™ Institute on
City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Conference of Mayors and
American Architectural Foundation.
Shaun Osher is the Founder and CEO of CORE, a New York City real estate firm offering a
comprehensive array of residential and commercial services. His expert opinion is frequently
sought by top consumer and trade publications, including The New York Times, the Wall Street
Journal, Bloomberg and Crain's. Shaun has lectured at Columbia and NYU, and participated on
innumerable panels. He sits on the Real Estate Board of New York's (REBNY) Residential Board
Cameron Sinclair + Kate Stohr
Sinclair and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Kate Stohr have compiled a compendium on
socially conscious design titled "Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to
Humanitarian Crises". Sinclair is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2006 TED prize
and the 2005 RISD/Target Emerging Designer of the Year. Along with co-founder Kate Stohr, was
awarded the Wired Magazine 2006 Rave Award for Architecture for their work in responding to
housing needs following Hurricane Katrina.
Bruce Lindsey is the Dean of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture &
Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis. Lindsey's research has long focused on
applying digital tools to design and construction practice. His book Digital Gehry: Material
Resistance Digital Construction (2001), explores the use of technology in the design process of
architect Frank Gehry. In 2005 he received the AIA's National Teaching Honor Award for his work in
beginning design at Auburn.
Margaret Crawford, Ph.D.
Margaret Crawford is a Professor of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design at
University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley, Crawford was Professor of Urban
Design and Planning Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her research focuses on
the evolution, uses and meanings of urban space. She is the author of The Car and the City: The
Automobile, the Built Environment and Daily Urban Life and Everyday Urbanism.
DJ Spooky, AKA Paul D. Miller
DJ Spooky is a Washington DC-born electronic and experimental hip-hop musician, producer,
and author. He is also a Professor of Music Mediated Art, European Graduate School, Switzerland.
DJ Spooky's multimedia performance piece Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica was commissioned by
BAM for the 2009 Next Wave Festival. With video projections and a score composed by DJ Spooky,
Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica is a portrait of a rapidly transforming continent.
William J. Mitchell
William Mitchell is a Professor of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences at MIT and directs the
Media Lab's Smart Cities research group. He was formerly Dean of the School of Architecture and
Planning and Head of the Program in Media Arts and Sciences, both at MIT. The Smart Cities
research group is creating innovative ways to change how we live in urban areas through, in part,
the application of new technologies that enable urban energy efficiency and sustainability, and
enhance opportunity, equity, and cultural creativity.
Ben Schwegler, Ph.D.
Benedict R. Schwegler, Jr., Ph.D. is Vice President and Chief Scientist of Walt Disney Imagineering
(WDI) Research & Development, where he created and manages the Simulation-based Design
Group. He is particularly interested in the development of sustainable engineering techniques. He
was instrumental in the creation of the most energy efficient theme park ever built as well as a new
generation of environmentally friendly fireworks.
Margie Ruddick has been recognized for work that integrates great landscape design with
ecology. Margie's design for New York's Queens Plaza has won awards for forging a new idea of
nature in the city. She has taught at Harvard's GSD, Yale, University of Penn, and Parsons. Her
awards include the Waterfront Centre Award, Places Design Award, the Lewis Mumford Award
from Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility and the 2006 Rachel Carson
Women in Conservation Award from the National Audubon Society.
Annie Novak is founder and director of Growing Chefs, field-to-fork food education program; the
children's gardening program coordinator for the New York Botanical Gardens, and co-founder and
farmer of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in partnership with Goode Green and
Broadway Stages. She has appeared (talking about plants and food, of course) in New York
Magazine, the Today Show, Edible Brooklyn and the Martha Stewart Show. She has farmed in nine
countries and four boroughs.
Adrian Benepe, Commissioner, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Adrian Benepe has worked for nearly 30 years protecting and enhancing New York City's natural
and historic beauty. He has continued this effort as Commissioner of the Department of Parks &
Recreation, appointed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on January 25, 2002. In this role he has
focused on improving park facilities and programs for children, developing new waterfront parks
and greenways, and making New York City bloom with millions of new flowers and hundred of