Have you ever enjoyed a meal together with friends and strangers alike?
Can you imagine a square hosting a big table that neighbours share for dinner in summer nights?
Is it possible to raise awareness and fight food waste by launching a public banquet prepared out of leftovers?
In recent years numerous initiatives worldwide have arisen using food to challenge the way people engage in urban public spaces. Combining various backgrounds such as art, architecture, activism or anthropology, this interventions have been put into practice without any commercial purpose but holding multiple intentions that range from enjoyment and celebration to education or political protest.
City Cook Book is a collection of initiatives enhancing public spaces by bringing people together through food culture. It aims to explore how food can be an effective tool to both transform our common spaces into sites for encounter and social interaction, as well as to engage with larger issues that shape our everyday urban life. Through its digital platform and its print-it-yourself publication, City Cook Book intents to visualize this phenomena, reflect upon it and inspire other initiatives.
City Cook Book is a non-profit initiative developed by Claudia Sánchez and Íñigo Cornago.
Proyecto financiado por Ayudas Creación Injuve
Project funded by Ayudas Creación Injuve
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The Agrokitchen is a prototype of a complete set of ecological, open-source kitchen furniture for outdoor areas which can be self-assembled and developed collectively. It is made from natural materials and to incorporate systems that minimize the consumption of resources and energy.
In Vizcaya we have worked in relation to rural and semi-rural communal orchards around Bilbao to develop a prototype in the city: The Agrokitchen. It is a furniture made with natural materials and applied to outdoor areas. It includes systems for cooking, eating and relaxing (listening to music, resting) in community gardens and orchards, minimizing the consumption of the energy (proceeding from the sun and biomass) and resources (water purification and reuse). It is a complete furniture of kitchen and dining room for outdoor spaces, useful both in community (orchards, campsites, civic and cultural centers …) and private settings.
The equipment comprises a sink with filtering and treatment system to recycle water for irrigation purposes, a point for capturing solar (photovoltaic) energy and playing music, in addition to furniture (sun loungers with wheels, countertops, tables and chairs for groups).
It also includes an innovative design for a multi-energy cooker that works like an inverted solar oven – allowing food to be prepared – and comes equipped with a biomass boiler that is perfect for cloudy days.
This module is linked to a monitoring system that we call the “Digital Sensor System”: a transversal system that collects, transmits and analyses data generated by different sensors that are located at various points throughout the kitchen, and also sends that information to the network.
The Agrokitchen is a set of furniture, which can be adapted in terms of design and components for other locations, and it can be installed in gardens, allotments and courtyards that are private, public and/or community-owned.
Pezestudio is a creative cell of architects that created in 2006 that develops projects of Urbanism, Architecture, Design and Action-Research.
We design objects, tools, spaces and practices that promote minimum human impact on the environment, social development, research and production of innovative construction techniques and the generation of collaborative contexts.
We work around concepts such as ecology and society, rural and urban habitats and lifestyles, tradition and technology, reuse and standardization, crafts and do it yourself / do it together, Open source and participation.
We explore and rehearse the possibilities of architecture, design and urbanism as tools for development and social change.