Finally… I have found some interesting material on existing products, which trigger a new way of recycling. It is not all about plastic, paper and tin, but also food waste! How can we challenge the idea of food up-cycling, by repurposing food waste as products useful for everyday life. Can we go back to our […]
I went through the questions of the 8 people submitting them by now. Please – ALL should submit their questions! We will discuss them tomorrow, and still some are very open and we need to find a stronger connections to our initial starting point(s) (tomorrow). Tomorrow we will also go through your investigations of the […]
Dear all, good to see all your questions emerging and I am looking so much forward to discuss them with you next Tuesday morning. Being here in Bogota and Medellin, I will for sure bring in some relevant contributions that might help us to focus. Please remember that we are having the framing of digitalisation […]
QUESTION 1 : How can wasted by-products of the food production processes find a new meaning in the food distribution chain? QUESTION 2 : How can new technologies find ways for the consumers to establish a lost relationship with products & producers? QUESTION 3 : What meaningful contribution designers could bring to the block-chain technology?
1.How can organic farming methods improve the sustainability of food production on organic farms in the peri-urban area of Cologne or Taipei? 2.By using tech to improve processing and packaging, it can improve the shelf life and safety of food. How are the applied tech methods different in Cologne and Taipei and are they really […]
How much would replacing the old wrappings with a sustainably produced packaging affect the economy of a company? What kind of food waste can be found in Taipei, considering the street stall culture and how does it differ from Cologne? Where would catering supplies made of waste make the bigger impact?
Where is the leak of unsustainable and irresponsible waste or thinking of natural resources, in the sense of food, and why are there so few approaches on how to process this “waste” into novel products? In which way can innovative inventions re-design our daily life with “wasted” food?
Can food waste recycling into materials or other food become a standard of production and optimize people’s consumption? If so, which technological advances are necessary, for example, to process the production of soybeans? The biggest waste in food processing is in the tomato, fruit juice and wine industry, which is very common in Europe, and […]
Hello ! Just dropping here a few links of organizations and projects gathered during the Dutch Design Week last week end. Dutch designers have been pioneers on the topic of food in the last years and the Design Academy of Eindhoven has a special department dedicated to “Food / non food”. It was very interesting […]
Dear teams! Today and tomorrow, the ‘Probevorlesungen’ are taking place. these are try-out lectures from applicants for the position of Professorship in ‘Designing Digital Futures’. Since everyone should have the opportunity to go see those lectures (which you should cause they are probably awesome), the school has decided to not have any official meetings running […]

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

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