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 artists collective working in Waggen Hallen (former railway warehouse), requested us the Fatten U‘Food. At summer, a terrace and a bar enlarge the kitchen, and during winter times, the modules offers a closed kitchen.
This micro-architecture equipment can be moved from outside to the warehouse, depending on the works process and the meteo.
Build in two weeks’ residence in Waggen Hallen, Fatten U’Food is an exemplary project of YA+K’ workshop methodology. The first step was to lead an inventory of available building materials on the site. A hundred percent a building materials was dragged from a closed waste centre.
Used during the 72 Hours Urban Action in 2012, Fatten U’food, fed all the teams and participants during four days.
These days, it’s used as the staff proper kitchen.
YA+K is a collective of architects, urban planners, artists and designers, making available their knowledge and skills to develop innovative architectural and urban projects. YA+K pays special attention to intangible dimension (cultural, anthropological…) which daily produce the city. Integrating territories realities and resources, current stakes and potential (Social Economy, environmental issues, 2.0 economy, new technologies), the team imagines and designs tailor-made projects, rooted in territories.