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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Culture, for its etymological root itself deals with care, celebration and growth of handcrafted object.
We trust “Labour”, an agricultural technique and a way of thinking for creating the city-soil, meant to make people-plants feel at home in environment.
Let us make the city-soil by imaging it as a table and restoring the concept of “cult” standing for “rite”, “food” being a means of sharing. This “table” will turn itself into the common background of our cultural tradition. Bearing in mind this, let us lay down a paper cloth onto the city with positive attitude, as to invite everybody without any distinctions.
Our “city-table” will be the venue for the rite we want to hold, because sharing food also means living together, “bien vivre”, as Illich is telling us to do.
Let us start again from the concept of “table” then intended to be the common background for our purpose, in order to let culture reflourish in its deep meaning: a “being future” of a brand new project origin and leading path of the same time.
“La Fabbrichetta” as a collective was formed in Milan in 2014 when Francesco Maria Rovere, artist & performer, Roberta Abeni, architect, Federica Sosta, Vj artist and creative director, and Michael Galati, designer, met together and decided to share their points of views and projects moved by a common urgency to establish new modalities of artistic and cultural productions that could be developed within the context of social practices mixing art, social design and architecture.
Their Manifesto lies on the vision of Culture as a living organism. The city has its soil, envisioning their acts as growing facts.