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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La Cheminambule is a wood burning stove on an electric bicycle which deploys tables and benches, protected by a large umbrella.
It was designed and built in 2013 by Amandine Lagut and Charlotte Thon during their diploma at the National Superior School of Decorative Arts of Paris (ENSAD). The idea was to create a mobile living-room which provides a place of conviviality, social interaction and sharing in public space. Thanks to the fire place and the modularity of the structure, NGOs can developp different kind of activities both summer and winter, around a tea or a barbecue.
Since their diploma the two designers decided to create Les Z’Ambules©, an agency specialised in designing mobile structures for public space. Since then the Cheminambule has been redesigned.
They now develop different kind of projects in small series production or made-to-measure : Mobile libraries, kitchens, bars, theatres, workshops, tourist offices… all sorts of activities which search for new ways to fit in public space.
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