As an avid AIAS leader my entire college career, I could not have been happier to find out that this year's NE Quadrant Conference would be held in Philadelphia by Drexel University AIAS April 10-13. The theme titled Nourish "took a critical look at the role food plays within the design world. From restaurants, to urban farming, to production facilities, to the historic and current shaping of our cities, food informs our everyday life in ways seen and unseen, and plays a major role in creating a vibrant and healthy city." It was a bittersweet goodbye to my AIAS involvement but nonetheless a great weekend to learn more about food in Philadelphia with fellow architecture students from across the region.
Pictures below show the tour we received of an urban garden, Parc and Il Pittore kitchens and restaurants, and the speakers that were a part of this conference.
More information on the Nourish website: http://nourish2015.com/