What it is:  We came across few small urban farms/community gardens in Taipei or in Hualien. Every time, we tried to interact with the people gardening there. It was hard to understand the system precisely but in both cases, the people there (collecting Papayas, watering or maintaining) were volunteers (usually quite old) that were also […]
What it is : I met three members of this collective during the workshop in Taipei. They had gathered in an abandoned house – rehabilitated into a restaurant by Taiwanese architects – to bake cookies and tempeh (an Indonesian fermented dish) with okara (the residues of Soy milk production, incredibly popular in Taipei and sold […]
What it is:  Pierre Loisel, a 70 year-old farmer from Quebec, living in Taiwan for more than 50 years that tells people everywhere they should eat healthy produce grown with kitchen scraps. He originated the collection system of organic waste of Taipei city twenty years ago. He created a compost system for the city and […]
CASES Sry for the Delay, here are our cases we discussed last time in the meeting.  See you next week guys 🙂
In our meeting last Tuesday we had 5 students so for next Tuesday we need all on board sharing their topics and concepts – your projects – to work on so that we are able to fix this from Dec 3 on. So please make up your mind and be clear about the question you […]
What it is:  Rosita, the Director of the “Bow to land” system invites farmers to farmers markets in the city of Taipei where they can meet and connect to consumers who might be convinced of the quality and order their products again and receive them through the the post/courier. Where it is:  Taipei, Taiwan Why […]
What it is: A community kitchen with the aim to alleviate hunger & its root causes in the Fruit Valley community. It is also a place to learn how to behave with food in a more sustainable way. Where it is: Vancouver Why it is relevant: It is a good idea and a good goal that you […]
Please find here the link to the first presentation we shared between SCID and KISD to share the concepts and here the link to the final presentations at SCID. Both files are > 1.5 GB…this will be improved in the future! Do you think the live session and the videos here are  helpful?
WHAT IT IS? Meal Sharing brings people together over home cooked meals. Their mission is to build communities through shared resources, facilitate deeper cultural exchange, and encourage people to cook at home to enable a healthier lifestyle. WHERE IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ?  Global WHY IS RELEVANT ? This initiative despite is not related with sustainability, […]
WHAT IT IS? Blue Apron is a home food delivery grocery store ,  they send you a complete meal with the guarantee of fair trade, sustainability, oganic food etc. With a plus the recipie of the meal step by step., easy to cook, nutrisional and delicious. WHERE IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ?  USA WHY IS RELEVANT […]

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.