Tea Farming: I travelled to Hualien County in the South East side of Taiwan to a small farming community called Wuhe, to investigate an area where they have grown tea for decades. Usually, tea is grown in mountainous and high-altitude climates. However, Wuhe is located in a lower mountain region. There I talked with a […]
Food – Where does it come from? I focused on specific food items by identifying the production and original source of the food. For example, Taiwan’s largest farmed vegetables, grains and fruits, such as pineapple, rice, cocoa, tea and sugar cane. I reached out to a few farms, some which I was not able to […]
In the second week I travelled to the east coast attempting a few farms and food markets/restaurants trying to ask questions about their food waste and will to share. As most people didn’t really speak english it was quite hard to find answers but i found a few responses quite helpful.Mainly there is a will […]
WHAT IT IS a public fridge where 26 year old farmers sell their bananas on a trustbased concept. WHERE IT IS Hualien, Taiwan  WHY IT IS RELEVANT the public fridge is a nice example to leave out the middle man.  a group of 26 year old farmers installed a public fridge, where people can grab […]
WHAT IT IS  Farm to table restaurant WHERE IT IS in Hualien, Taiwan  WHY IT IS RELEVANT Due to communication issues, my Taiwanese group member students helped me in communicating with the shop owners, so i hope the information is right.  The restaurant started some years ago as a farm to table restaurant, established by […]
What it is: A group of volunteers collect food leftovers from buffets and restaurants and provides them in community fridges as a free meal. They hold various events at different venues, including activities such as distribution of the saved surplus food, talks, presentations, movie screening, volunteer recruitments, cooking acitivties with suplus incredients and so on. […]
What it is : IVC – InVisibleCities is an open community advocating urban research and innovation. Members from different professions, cities and regions share the same enthusiasm on cities and exchange creative ideas on urban living. By working collaboratively we aim to tackle with city’s complex issues, and open up the conversation for the public. With new tools […]
What it is:  In Taoyuan, we visited Ann, a middle-aged Taiwanese woman who told us about her projects in her four year-old rice transformation factory. The small factory is equipped with a high-tech milling machine coming from Japan, the secret of Ann and the biggest investment of her business. Through processing rice into flour and […]
What it is:  I visited three different food forests in Hsinchu before flying back. The city is located in the South-West of Taipei, close to the airport and not far from the sea. Its name “Hsin-chu” means “new-bamboo”, it used to be the land of many bamboo species. The city is one of the most […]
What it is:  In the outskirts of Hualien, close to the mountains, we went to knock on the door of an independant couple of farmers, growing organically since 1993 in a region where everyone around them uses pesticides. They are 80% self-sufficient with their harvest but they don’t produce enough to really make a living […]

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 https://zoom.us/j/5505005500

No query required.