Agriculture / Community Gardens

Education Session - Presentation Format

MON-A01 - Edible Skyline: Pushing the Limits of Rooftop Agriculture

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: 119


Rooftop agriculture is reshaping views of nutrition, equity, and urban placemaking. This presentation highlights recent design innovations that enable landscape architects to achieve increasingly diverse urban agricultural solutions, from production-focused rooftop farms to biophilic, skyline polycultures. Case studies by design and construction professionals will be discussed.

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Molly Meyer, LEED GA

CEO & Founder
Omni Ecosystems

Molly Meyer is the CEO & Founder of Omni Ecosystems™ and the CEO & Co-Founder of The Roof Crop. She founded Omni with the mission to democratize access to natural spaces, and to create an organization that continuously engages in bold endeavors. She co-founded The Roof Crop to provide professional farming service and quality local food and 'farmland'. Molly earned her BS and MS from Stanford University and was a Bosch Fellow working in the German green roof industry. Her background couples her academic training in systems problem-solving and biogeochemical research with field experience in construction means and methods.


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Brendan Shea

Owner, Director of Field Operations
Recover Green Roofs

Brendan is a certified GRP with over fifteen years of project management and implementation experience in the construction industry. His expertise is grounded in a decade of experience with Clivus Multrum of New England, specializing in innovative, onsite wastewater engineering. His transition into the green roof industry allows him to combine his passion for plants with his construction management experience. As co-founder and director of field operations at Recover, Brendan oversees the design and construction teams to generate innovative solutions for clients and guide crews to achieve quality craftsmanship on a broad range of green roof projects throughout the Northeast.


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Lauren Mandel, ASLA

Landscape Architect + Researcher / Owner
Andropogon Associates/ EAT UP, LLC

Lauren Mandel, PLA, ASLA is a landscape architect and integrative researcher at Andropogon, where she pursues her passion for productive infrastructure through design, research, and writing. Lauren is a well-seasoned green roof designer, a former organic farm worker, and one of the foremost authorities on rooftop agriculture. She authored “EAT UP: The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture” (New Society Publishers, 2013), the first full-length book about rooftop food production, and is a contributing writer for Landscape Architecture Magazine and Urban Farm. Lauren holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Environmental Science.


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MON-A01 - Edible Skyline: Pushing the Limits of Rooftop Agriculture

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