Here you find the pictures of the presentation that I, and the ones who used my camera, took. I didn’t set the shutter speed right it seemed, so some movements are blurred. Apologies for that! There will be more pictures available on the KISDphoto page soon from someone else. (under ‘Services’ at the top)
Hey guys, for everyone who’s interested: we’ll do a cooking and chill session in the food lab at 6pm tonight! Please comment if you’re in so we know how much to buy! Cheers, see you tonight! 
…David and I will be around at and it would be very good to have you there as well. The last day(s) are the finish…the most efficient days, so use the energy… See you tomorrow!
I printed the factsheet in 120gr in the C-lab, maybe it’s interesting for the other groups. 🙂
The Friday AG just informed all presenting groups that the time is limited to 20 minutes per group. This is extremely short! So maybe we open our doors for interested students after the presentation for another 30mins in the afternoon before you rebuild everything in room 240? We will have a feedback meeting on TUE […]
Sorry for not showing up at the meeting tomorrow morning, I was finishing general details. Here is my poster both sides, hope everything is ok with them. Poster front Poster back
To do for Tuesday / Wednesday Today: Update and fix your user stories. Remember – the user story has the purpose to communicate a dedicated “use” (and user experience) of your concept, the system and products you designed. No single step in the user story should be a commonplace, always tell what is special and […]
We will meet around 10am in R240. I kindly ask all of you to get your (needed) part(s) of the exhibition system in the basement (R58) and bring it to 240 so that we can see how exactly the individual elements will look like and how they can be put together to get a coherent […]
Find the folders here. So I’ve been putting your content into the new poster template and the A5 factsheet. Now, I gave myself quite a challenge to try and put it in for you, aiming to maintain a unified form/feeling. 😉  Along the way, I have played around with your text, got out typo’s and […]

Food is increasingly getting on the agenda of design and designers. And there is need for new approaches!

In this international project, we will research and analyse structures and processes related to food production, distribution and consumption in (future) cities (Cologne/Taipei).

We will develop possibilities of future approaches, especially in the context of increasing digitization (AI, IoT, blockchain, traceability, bait to plate, farm to fork) – and question them critically.

  • How can we design a different relation to food, its ingredients and values, its production and culture, its habits and processes?
  • How can we create new relations and values to ingredients of food?
  • How can we connect (us to) different stakeholders, especially to build relations between farmer/producer and consumer.

A part of the project team – max. 6 students – will be able to work in Taipei for a week in November, supported by students from SCID Taipei and the project group in Cologne. Details will be clarified in the first project meeting.

In Cologne, we work together with local experts and stakeholders.

At the end of the semester, both the analysis and drafts / prototypes will be presented.

In the project we refer to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular to SDG 11 and 12. Due to the topic, it might be possible to submit the results to the Cumulus Green Award (and I will encourage and support you to do so).

We will approach the project by questions we want to explore. In the beginning, we will have the opportunity to find a huge variety of questions and then discuss them – amongst us and with others . in order to find out the most relevant ones. Relevant in terms of the need to approach them and relevant to approach them from the perspective of design.

Pre-meeting: if you have questions or want to make sure that you are really in the project – or want to influence the character of the project even before it started please try to join our pre-meeting on Thursday September 26 at 12.30

First official meeting: This is mandatory for all that want to join – it will be on Tuesday October 22 at 10.00. In this meeting I want to see what your specific interest in this project is – so please subscribe to this space, contribute with some relevant questions and maybe cases as well…

Regular meetings: The regular meetings are always on Tuesday at 10.00. As I mentioned due to some travel activities we won’t meet every Tuesday, but there will be weeks where we meet twice or longer during the Tuesday meeting. There is a GoogleDoc with all our meetings (always updated). If you are not available we can arrange to connect via zoom – but always let me know before. 

Taiwan trip: the workshop in Taiwan is scheduled for November 18-23. The core group not traveling to Taipei will proceed meeting here and we will remotely collaborate via our KISDspace and zoom (see above).

We can learn a lot from existing cases and studies. Here we are collecting relevant cases how digitalisation  influences and affects food farming, production, distribution and consumption. How farmers/producers are connected to consumers, the rural to the urban.

Cases are structured around 3 core questions: What it is, Where it is and Why it is relevant. In addition, cases have tags / keywords to made them more accessible and findable. It would be great to use the comment function about the use of cases to create additional information

Here we will collect interesting experts: individuals, organisations or initiatives who are doing something we consider valuable in the context of the project. They can be (preferrably) from the area Cologne or Taipei with the purpose to meet them for an interview, invite them for a talk or a workshop, or to go for a visit or a field trip.

This is the page where we share our digital communication – in this case video messages between Cologne and Taipei to figure out what’s the best way to keep in touch. And for live connections please use

It was a pleasure to meet all of you, I am already looking forward to swapping stories over food! This post is to shortly recap Thursday’s meeting and communicate to the ones who were not there.

Besides what can be found in the project description, “we will research and analyse structures and processes related to food production, distribution and consumption”, prof. Heidkamp gave an introduction and breakdown of the different elements to be taken into the project.



Futures? The future? What could design bring to the (future) table? Considering the role of the ‘Gestalter’ (such a good German word…), designers too can anticipate and speculate by developing narratives and building scenarios. Besides being a powerful storytelling tool, materialising these possible future scenarios can enhance the imaginative potential of any actor involved and bring it a step closer to becoming a reality. Those future approaches by designers allow creative freedom and offer many possibilities through different mediums.

French Sci-fi Team
The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers and of course the book itself, worth reading!


KISD is situated in the city of Cologne, which is the biggest in the state North Rhine Westphalia, one of Europe’s major metropolitan areas. With 1 million inhabitants and a population density of 2700 people per km2, the urban context of Cologne is at odds with our second city of interest, Taipei. When considering the Greater Taipei Area, situated in the north of the island of Taiwan, it has a population of 7 million people and a much higher population density.

What are the relations between the city and its surroundings? How do the bigger mechanisms in each of these places work? How can those different urban environments inform our design process? … For cities, we will also look at the interdependencies with their close peripheries, rural environments. This is where food takes its route in many cases.


As we have felt already yesterday, food matters to us all! Within this project, we will be using a variety of lenses on the topic but going beyond the material exploration and take not only the human, or specific touchpoint perspective, but also the systems perspective.
What are the cultural dimensions of food in each of the urban environments? How does the restaurant and hospitality industry in cities influence food consumption? … We brought up many points in the following discussion: Digital Technology, Traceability, Blockchain, Restaurants and Food Design, Health and special requirements / needs, Farming in the peri-urban surroundings of cities, Waste Conversion and Food By-products (not in terms of materiality, but in terms of data, information and processes) etc.

Looking at the study of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on „CITIES AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR FOOD“ is highly recommended, more sources will follow!


Technology and digitization allow us to enhance and facilitate processes, but also increase transparency and empower individuals involved in the food context. Looking at the way from „farm to fork“ and also at smaller farms, not only at the food industry. As a first guiding element, the increasing digitization can help us ask the appropriate questions and evaluate possibilities.

Finally, in 2019, it is unthinkable to detach sustainability from any design question – especially from food. As a final overarching umbrella, sustainability is a dimension which should be integrated in any design practice! As said before, within this project the UN Sustainable Development Goals (and other sustainability frameworks) will be referenced.


So far the introduction (but not yet the Kick-Off!). Further, to keep track of the variety of research, we will organise the spaces once we have clustered our questions and developed areas of interest.

But for now, besides the “cases” space, there is now an “experts” space in which we can all add interesting individuals, organisations or initiatives who are doing something we consider valuable in the context of the project. They can be from area Cologne or Taipei (or anywhere else) with the purpose to invite them for a talk or a workshop, or to go for a visit or a field trip. This will be especially important during the beginning of the project so we can contact and invite the possible guest timely.

Lastly, we have decided to come together on the 15th of October at 10:00 in Room 303 where we will discuss the questions you will bring to the table, organise the room and decide how we will use the foodlab!?

Have a good weekend!