City as Living Laboratory (CALL)

City as Living Laboratory (CALL) works with artists, scientists, and residents of urban communities to create sustainable solutions for urgent environmental issues including climate, equity and health. Their first-ever benefit and auction celebrated the unique interdisciplinary and collaborative approach of the organization, featuring conversations, walks, behind-the-scenes tours, and experiences with visionary artists, scientists, architects and designers working at the forefront of re-imagining a sustainable future for our cities. From a one-on-one conversation with NASA climatologist Cynthia Rosenzweig, to a walking tour with landscape architect Kate Orff, to a conversation with Joseph Kunkel, Director of MASS Design Group’s Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab in Santa Fe, to a tour of the newly-built Pier 26 on Manhattan's west side Lucinda R. Sanders FASLA and Demetrios Staurinos, RLA, of Olin Studio, the auction focused on connecting people to learn, engage, and take action around climate change issues. 

The virtual benefit, hosted by PBS presenter and journalist Laura Flanders, gathered CALL’s community members to honor Agnes Gund. The program featured a conversation between Agnes Gund and award-winning landscape architect Walter Hood, a reading by essayist Garnette Cadogan, a discussion with CALL's founder Mary Miss, and interactive breakout rooms with leading artists, scientists, and ecologists, spotlights on CALL's projects from the Bronx to Milwaukee.