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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Workshop organized in collaboration with the European Institute of Design of Madrid in which it is proposed the generation of domestic prototypes of open source that can hack the city from the inside: the city is understood as a biological system and a place to transfer knowledge of public spaces to the domestic spaces. Two complete prototypes are made through different design and construction workshops that are developed during a month.
It is about, on the one hand, linking active citizen entities with design centers, with the aim of generating open source prototypes that can be replicated by people in the future. For this, a programming is generated in collaboration with the IED of Madrid in which experts participate in the various disciplines addressed, for the generation of these concrete prototypes, collaborateting with alumni of the IED in Madrid and with initiatives of the city named below.
Two action contexts were therefore proposed on which to design two prototypes:
Context 1: Interior; Prototypes to install in a kitchen space: The Biotic Module, a multifunctional module with a mini photography studio as well as a waste recycling area and a mushroom production area.
Context 2: Exterior housing; Prototypes for terrace or garden. The process gives rise to Limoncelo, a piece of furniture with a system of water recycling, and peppermint and lemons to make cocktails.
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.