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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Most friendships starts by sitting together at a table. But what to do, if there is no table or kitchen, and the only common space is in the middle of the city? In the occasion of 160 years of german – uruguayan friendship, architects, artists and designers from Montevideo and Berlin came together for a one day action in order to develop mobile cooking constructions.
Alexanderplatz got invaded by the Food Dialogue runaway gang, marching across the city, while cooking, eating and drinking with our own designed and crafted Oven Mobile (‘’BURNie’’), Drinking Mobile (‘’BARnie’’), Preparation Mobile (‘’BAKEy’’) and Seating Container Mobile (‘’DOMObile’’), a 100% moving installation.
Uruguayan ‘’empanadas’’ with German fillings, ‘’Mate’’ rounds vs Pilsener Beer, discussions and heated debates attracted curious pedestrians and allowed the urban dialogue, and no matter what culture, language or origin, this action demonstrated that food still brings people and their ideas together.
Direction by Federico Lagomarsino (Architect and Visual Artist).