Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario Plan

The LL.M. Program is pleased to support the work of the Community Design Center, an outreach center of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas in its exciting work on urban agricultural planning for future area growth.

As was announced last week, an interdisciplinary team at the University of Arkansas will work with the City of Fayetteville and local non-governmental organizations to create Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario Plan. This urban agricultural plan will be designed for a city that is expected to double in population over the next 20 years. The goal is to incorporate local food sourcing within the city.

The design center recently received $15,000 in seed money from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to begin the project. The award is part of the new Decade of Design awards sponsored by the AIA in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The project may well serve as a national and international model for agrarian urbanism.

I was delighted to meet with some of the architecture students a few weeks ago to introduce law and policy issues into their discussion at the invitation of Professor Jeffrey Huber, assistant director for the Community Design Center and adjunct professor in the Fay Jones School.  One of our current LL.M. candidates, Sara Albert, plans to do work with urban agricultural initiatives next semester, working with Professor Huber on this project. We are fortunate at the University of Arkansas to have the Community Design Center taking such a leadership role on emerging issues.

Read more about this exciting project in the full announcement, available on the School of Law's website, Design Center to Partner with City, Local NGOs to Create Urban Agricultural Scenario Plan.

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