Situating Food: Planning and Design for New Urban Food Systems

November 8, 2013 - 2:00pm to November 9, 2013 - 8:00pm

About the Symposium


Situating Food: Planning and Design for New Urban Food Systems will identify models and foster innovation along with criticism of issues that impact food security, food justice, production, access and cultural awareness, especially as they influence trends in urban revitalization.

Champions of the local food movement have held it up as a potential economic boom to urban populations, a step toward the true reformation of the industrial food system and catalyst for neighborhood identity, social cohesion, and urban resilience or rebirth. Simultaneously, emerging critics have decried such efforts as a paternalistic attempt to 'save' central city populations as gentrification displaces current residents and property values increase. Divergent discourses on the subject make the topic of local food a socially, politically, economically, and ecologically charged topic in need of discussion and healthy, inclusive models.


Friday afternoon, November 8, and Saturday, November 9 events in Knowlton Hall on The Ohio State Univesity campus, with corresponding children’s program in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.  Situating Food will feature opening and closing keynote speakers, site visits, and three thematic panels with speakers, moderators and respondents that will illuminate issues from the symposium brief.


Registration for the symposium is free but required. A $5 fee with registration is required for the children's program.

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Banvard Gallery Exhibition: Food Situations

This special exhibit in the Knowlton Hall Banvard Gallery will accompany the the Situating Food symposium. Exhibit organizers accepted submissions for Food Situations through July 15, 2013. For more information, see the call for submissions criteria.

Symposium Schedule

Friday, November 8, 2013
Tours: Campus and Columbus site visits; 2:00-5:00 PM - REGISTRATION FOR FRIDAY AFTERNOON TOURS IS CLOSED

Tours, 2:00 - 5:00 PM

2:00PM, Katherine Bennett | Hoop Houses, Godman Guild Association, 303 E 6th Ave, Columbus
3:00PM, Tracie McCambridge | Wexner Center Exhibition and Paula Hayes Rooftop Garden
4:00PM, Corey Hawkey and Angel Arroyo-Rodriguez | The Ohio State University's waste recovery, Knowlton Hall Review Space
2:00-5:00PM, Amy Youngs | Knowlton Hall Banvard Gallery Exhibit

Opening Keynote + Reception: Mosé Ricci; Knowlton Hall Gui Auditorium, 5:30 PM

Mosé Ricci, Professor, University of Genoa and Partner of Ricci Spaini Architetti Associati SrL, Rome  and author of New Paradigms

Reception for symposium attendees to take place following the keynote address; Knowlton Hall Center Space

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Panel Discussions, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

I. How Cities Change: Food and Urban Redevelopment, 10:00 AM - Noon

Jake Boswell, Moderator | Ohio State University
Matt Habash | Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Dan Carmody | Eastern Market Corporation
Mike Hamm | Michigan State University
Alison Blay-Palmer and Karen Landman | Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Guelph

Break, refreshments in Knowlton Hall
Break Session: Yael Vodovitz | Functional Foods

II. Theories and Criticism of Contemporary Food Systems, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Leo Coleman, Moderator | Ohio State University
Jason Reece | Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Julie Guthman | University of California, Santa Cruz
Jennifer Jordan | University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Break, refreshments and lunch in Knowlton Hall

III. Alternative Development and Land Use Practices, Innovation and Health, 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Bernadette Hanlon, Moderator | Ohio State University
Brian Holland | Institute-NY
Katherine Bennett | Ohio State University
Teresa Long, MD | City of Columbus Public Health

Closing Keynote: Erika Allen, Knowlton Hall Gui Auditorium, 6:00 PM

Erika Allen, National Projects Director, Growing Power, Chicago

Sponsors and Collaborators

Situating Food: Planning and Design for New Urban Food Systems is made possible through the generosity and participation of the following organizations:


Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture
College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences
OSU Food Innovation Center (FIC)
FIC Initiative, Food Security: Hunger.FOOD.Health
North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR SARE)


John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Wexner Center for the Arts
Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC)
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
Mid-Ohio Food Bank
City of Columbus Public Health
Godman Guild
Local Matters



Download the Situating Food Symposium Program