Safe Spaces Through Regenerative Placemaking
Emmanuel will examine urban agriculture and aquaponics as tools for re-framing the discourse of urban decline in the post-industrial city. He also examines the possibility of dynamic equilibrium and feedback loops through the interface of asset-based community development, social economics, applied science, and project-based experiential learning as a means to bolster local economies while creating 21st century neighborhoods in this fourth wave of American urbanization.
Emmanuel is Sweet Water Foundation’s founding Executive Director. Emmanuel earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and Masters of Science in Architectural Urban Design from Columbia University and is presently pursuing his doctorate from Columbia University School of Urban Planning. During 2004-2006, Emmanuel guest lectured at The University of Whitewater Department of Architecture focusing on digital design methodologies. Upon his return to the United States, Emmanuel spent several years working closely and traveling around the country with Will Allen of Growing Power. Emmanuel’s focus on community development through the intersection of food security and sustainable design innovation has led him to Chicago State University, located on the south-side of Chicago, where he is the Director of the newly formed Aquaponics Center and a Professor of Urban Planning.
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