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U-n-f-o-l-d: New York Mud Pies or A Taste of Climate Change: Urban Reforestation in NYC

7:00 p.m.

Join the culinary performance group "a razor, a shiny knife," that creates educational, social, and theatrical experiences around the world to explore climate change in New York City. The performers examine a sliver of the ecological landscape and create edible infographics using modern culinary techniques to evoke the soil structures that affect the trees across our boroughs.

The NYC Urban Forest Restoration Study, which includes scientists from The New School, Yale University, and Columbia University in collaboration with New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, is assessing the long-term and short-term ecological impact of the MTNYC reforestation efforts. One finding is that even as trees are planted, many fail to survive.

In one part of this study, P. Timon McPhearson, assistant professor of urban ecology at The New School for Public Engagement and the Tishman Environment and Design Center, is studying how urban tree planting affects soil carbon and other soil variables; how soils in turn affect arboreal survival and mortality rates in the city; and the effectiveness of trees as a climate mitigation strategy.

This program, a partnership with Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and Stefani Bardin, honorary resident at Eyebeam and part-time faculty member at Parsons The New School for Design and The New School for Public Engagement, is offered in conjunction with the exhibition U-n-f-o-l-d: A Cultural Response to Climate Change.  Visit for more information.

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13th Street

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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