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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AgroAppliances are ecological items of home equipment, self-assembled and open-source equipment minimize the consumption of energy and resources in private, public and community spaces.
AgroAppliances are ecological items of home equipment, which are innovative, self-assembled and open-source so as to encourage the creation of self-sufficient habitats. They integrate systems that minimize the consumption of energy and resources and are made from ecological and natural materials. AgroAppliances are based on systems that revolve around natural phenomena (capturing solar energy, biofiltration…), which are tailored for domestic use so as to improve and update their design and use. The designs can be customized and may be executed and installed through collaborative workshops, either as ready-to-assemble packs or as finished products.
Through them, individuals and groups are able to improve the sustainability and health of themselves and their environment without waiting for large interventions from the private sector or from public administrations. Its development and adoption is based on the favouring of shared power and distributed access to resources overcoming barriers of gender, origin or economic capabilities.
AgroAppliances start from a reading of the territory – cities and rural environments – as a system of interconnected, complementary places with different characters as consequence of bought, their physical conditions and their inhabitants. They act as a link between places such as housing – as an intimate and domestic – to the street and square, orchards, places of encounter, thinking and culture – as spaces to share.
The development of AgroAppliances is enriched and transmitted through formats made in collaboration with professionals from different disciplines (filmmakers, draughtsmen, cooks, photographers …) to feed the collective imagination about situations and possible ways of life in relation to AgroAppliances; Experiments and experiential demonstrations (collective meals, gastronomic experiments …) allow us to test and interact with this systems in a practical way in the real environments; The projections and open sessions allow common reflexion, recollection and enable interaction between citizens and agents and experts around different fields that involve architects, designers, farmers, activists, technicians and environmental experts, pedagogues, technicians, citizens …
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.