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

I hope you all agree that the individual meetings make a lot of sense – even if 20 mins is too short, we will increase the time. I took notes of some comments I had and want to share them with you. Hope it is useful. For the next time, please all work on the assignment of last time but bring results in all the points to address.

Team Food Forrest

(Anna Luz, Clara)

What are the core elements defining a food forest?

Artefact: Tensiometer

Scenario: needs to be clarified now, use as a method of inquiry!

Data Ecosystem: still t.b.d.

Places: Opportunities Theodor-Heuss-Ring: Rheinpendel

Maybe two places (1 and 2).

What is different from Neuland? Is it Neuland 2.0

Fermentation requires some infrastructure

Good experts!

Contact Neuland: Dorothea Hohengarten <> and Clara von Hartz-Möllmann <>

Team Seasonal Restaurant Concept

(Samia, Maxime)

Universal restaurant concept

What would the 24 seasons mean for our relation to and understanding of food and farming.

2 future assumptions 2050

Very good system map as a basis for scenarios

Scenarios for Farmer and Consumer are now necessary!

Play around with

German names for the seasons!

  • How do restaurants deal with the problem that some (20%? 60%) of their meals are of non-seasonal or non-regional products?
  • How do you as a consumer deal with recipes and shopping with non/less seasonal / regional food? How smart would it be?

Experts: 2 restaurant owners, farmers (maybe also the founder of Ökomarkt Dr. Dornbusch <>

Consumers: use design methods like diary, cultural probes

Team Stuff and Veggies / Jedöns on Jemös

Jeldrik, Anastasia, Kira

Place: Use an existing area (Neuland)

Constituting elements of the concepts: shared / community kitchen, food bank / donations, eco-saving shop, chill out area, art exhibitions, music screenings, jam sessions -> might be too much at the same time!

Can temporary use like Neuland be a way if the bureaucracy takes so long

Stakeholder: a lot of stakeholder,

Places: walk around and look at possible places!

Scenario: Missing. Who will use your concept how? Weather, years, how many days of rain

Data Ecosystem: related to the concept, how will this affect stakeholders.

Experts: some farmers, please exchange your contacts to avoid one farmer gets 3 calls from us without knowing from each other

Artefact: Apple? Artefact, object, thing, product?

Redesign food distribution in Cologne / Hyperfood network


Letter shoot principle for food

Very well understood the structure / infrastructure and network existing in Cologne

What would be necessary is to understand about the required quantity

Focus on the question of type of food and transportation modes (how fast, what needs to be fresh, what´s the typical you need at a fingertip). Hyperloop vs. drones.

Good use of the Underground Fridge ( as a public fridge

Using existing infrastructures

Scenario: not so much about privacy issues etc, more about building and using the system from different perspectives (farmer, architect,

Data Ecosystem: lot of opportunities!

Experts: Hyperloop expert, architect, shop/chain (Rewe, Aldi…)
Understand a specific area in Cologne and focus on that for creating more “data layers”

Understand the consumption of goods (per capita use of, then calculate for an area)

Artefact: ?

Something like: Redesigning food / eating behaviour of specific type of students through an impactful intervention  (?)


Scenario: Student goes after class to…

Data Ecosystem:

Experts: Studentenwerk, nutrition scientist, restaurant owner next to Unis Mensas


(back to the) Roots


Design a product with the main idea of sharing,

cooler, using tradition (like clay etc.)

Scenario: not yet

Data Ecosystem:


Artefact: The cooler / fridge, but at the moment too elaborated.

Seasonal seasoning (?) or: Integrated / Holis Restaurant, Food Cycle, Food Circle


Restaurant integrating production, consumption and distribution

Place: where can it be in the city? Which type of building (new one / existing one). If a new one: what are the requirements for the building

Do not do architecture, do spatial structures to address the needs of process and system, slightly to create an experience

Storyboard: needs to be more specific.


Data Ecosystem:

Experts: Farmers, chef cooking regional, understanding the seasonality of fruits and vegetables in our region


Look at noma Copenhagen ( and

Redesigning food market in Cologne or: Branding Biodeversity

Sarah, Diana

Promote biodversity and traditional meals, while connecting farmer and urban communities

Very good background information about biodiversity

Focus on potato

Germans eat 61 kg potatoes every year:

How to orchestrate biodiversity: a range of a product (4000 sorts of potatoes)

Learn from corporate branding strategies: Potato of the year or year of the potatoes


Data Ecosystem:

Experts: Farmers

Artefact: Something that brands a specific product

Kira Eßer
Kira Eßer December 12, 2019 at 2:56 pm

*the point with the apple was just a joke. But yes I agree, the individual meetings are really usefull. Thank you for sharing the notes.