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 Agrostation aims to generate New Urban Realities in the city of Madrid and reformulate sustainable practices through a citizen laboratory of creation and experimentation with ecological systems.
The Agroestation opens a new line of exploration as a prototype generated through collaborative working in public space. It involves producing creative tools which illustrate real situations and practices in urban areas and broadcast them to the collective imagination, while ensuring that they are reformulated in terms of sustainability and for the benefit of all. These circumstances become possible thanks to open-source, ecological equipment, which is innovative and self-assembled.
This experiments for increased self- sufficiency are considered as a connection between different nodes: regulated research spaces and accessible public spaces, transferring from one to another methodologies, practices and experiences with creative tools to generate open learning communities. It is about designing dynamics for the reinvention of sustainable and resilient practices, establishing places to learn, teach or transfer habits, skills or knowledge.
The Agrostation revolves around creating a space that encourages encounters and free research in order to reinvent the relationship of our natural surroundings. It aims to produce New Urban Realities through a citizen laboratory for creating and experimenting with ecological systems in order to redevelop sustainable practices for saving energy and resources.
Its development consists of collaborative open sessions of construction work and design of its future management and evaluation, where a first creative network is generated. Once the production phase is completed, the station becomes a shared infrastructure as a common property, housed in the public space. And is aimed to be managed and used by interested community users (associations, groups of people, neighbours, etc.)
It involves a mobile covered space, which will house self-assembled, open source resources and energy-saving systems that can be used, tested and developed by 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.