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

After our intense collaboration work today I was suggesting 6 domains and assignments for the Taipei workshop week. I spent this morning to make them easier accessible for the students joining the workshop – as they don´t know about our process and and context. So I hope this reads more easy now, that everybody can imagine possible directions and outcomes for the end of the week – and I am sure you will all find the questions you had (and the stuff you were interested in)…and now we also have a consistency and it is clearer that the outcome will be scenarios based on specific places in the city (or around), on specific (food) products, on a specific us of data and information (technology), and on specific people or communities.

We will do it! And see you on Sunday and stay connected via spaces!

Team 1 Future Consumption
Designing scenarios for a new eating out experience  (food stall / pop-up / restaurant / farm to plate …) in a specific location with a specific type of food.

Context: In the future, the concepts of restaurants will proceed to change. How can we re-think our understanding and concept of “restaurant”? Where – in the neighborhood – would such a place be? What would be the experience, depending on a very specific type of food they are offering? What type of specific (food) products would be available? How will it connect (to) consumer/citizen and farmer? Which information is relevant for the food, for the cultivation process, which communities might emerge? What do people (need to) know about the food they eat?  Are restaurants embedded in (specific) communities?
Team: Maxime,

Team 2 Future Distribution / Retail
Designing scenarios for a specific market / retail (food / agriculture market / pop-up store) experience in a specific location and a specific type of food.

Context: Designing a new market / retail experience to meet emerging customer´s needs.
Where will those places be? What are best places and why? Who will be the customers?  What will be “sold”? How will this match new shopping behaviors you see emerging? Which information is available about the products and how will people use this information, get in touch with it? What is the new experience? How can we address very specific cultural acceptances?
Team: Matea, Florian

Team 3 Future Distribution / Sharing
Designing scenarios for a new food sharing experience in urban space creating communities of practice using hybrid platforms (including three specific places).

Context: How can we learn from cases like food banks all over the world and avoid that food to good to be wasted will reach new people / customers? How can we design this setting to make it accessible? Where and how in Public space can this happen? How will it be organized that people accept it, like it and maybe even build communities around it?
Team: Jeldrik

Team 4 Future Farming / Agro-Communities
Designing scenarios for new types of Agro-Communities in / around Taipei

Context: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) as a success model in Taipei and what are opportunities, activities and challenges when implementing new technologies emerge? How to connect citizen and farmer, what is the benefit for them? How can the process of farming be monitored? Which data are / might be available? How are digital media used to strengthen communities? How to build and strengthen communities, which communities emerge? How and what to share and work together?
Team: Clara

Team 6 Future Farming / Relationships
Designing scenarios for interaction with / accessing information about food and ingredients to establish new (food) values and (key stakeholder) relationships.

Context:  What kind of data would be valuable from the different perspectives (consumers, farmers / producers) and how can sharing this data influence their relationship and bring new values to food? According to the different types of data, how can future technologies be applied to carry this information, which interface could this imply and what could this mean for food “packaging”?
Team: Anna Luz,

Team 6 Future Food: New Products
Designing scenarios at a specific place to present and experience relevant information as a “food exhibition” by appropriate means and (hybrid) media 

Context: What are  typical Taiwanese agricultural products (define three!), how can we analyse it and use available data to both inform customers and come to new use of all possible byproducts? How can value be created, how can customers get a new attitude to a product through this knowledge? This includes every possible step in tracing back the growth and processing of the product. Designing the information layers of a food product and emerging opportunities based on this knowledge
Team: Sarah, Helena