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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During it’s one year project, Detour de France, Collectif Etc, composed by a dozen of young architects, created an unifying instrument able to generate intercultural encounters.
This mobile kitchen was used on all our project at this time, It allowed us to involve people into debating moments about their daily lives and about public spaces : meal time is used as a tool.
This mobile kitchen was built only with recycled materials : polycarbonate, wood, old bike wheels. 2 big parasol was also used in order to prevent from the rain. The kitchen is composed by 2 modules, which permit to fit in every spaces. One is a sink the other is an hotplate.
For the project HTP40, led by association Horizome in the Hautepierre neighbourhood in Strasbourg, Collectif Etc spent a week in all streets and public spaces of this neighbourhood with its mobile kitchen. Every day, many associations involved used it in order to prepare meals. Simultaneously to all these kitchen workshops, Collectif Etc proposed to inhabitants to questioned some problems of their neighbourhood and built some scenographies or furniture in order to propose some fast solution.
Born in Strasbourg in September 2009, Collectif Etc aims to bring together energies around a common dynamic of questioning the urban space. Through various mediums and different skills, the Collective wants to be a support for experimentation.