FERN What it is: Fremantle Environmental Resource Network (FERN) is a non for profit organisation run by volunteers and an elected board. FERN is a community organisation dedicated to providing affordable bi-weekly vegan food options to the community and offering a community space for people to create community. Vegan buffet dinner by donation are offered […]
Hi everyone, I have tweaked the tutoring schedule as we have to be done before 13:00. So it changed into 20 minute slots again. Check the tutoring times here to see the changed schedule, or add your name to an empty slot. See you tomorrow!
Foodbank What it is: Foodbank–Established in 2010 by New Taipei-based Chinese Christian Relief Association (CCRA), 1919 is one of the biggest organizations of its kind in Taiwan. It supplies food to nearly 200 churches working to support about 4,500 disadvantaged youths. The food bank has also negotiated daily donation agreements between 54 of the churches […]
What it is: The project intends to create architecture to connect children with their surrounding natural environment and to reflect perspectives from their world. Most of the kindergarten is designed at children’s scale so every spaces except for the classroom can only be used by children. Where it is:  Countryside of Shandong, China  Why it is […]
What it is:  While exploring Taipeh Matea came across this Urban Garden near the Taipei 101 building.  The day later Anna and I went there and asked the 3 gardeners who were there a couple of questions. They explained to us that the garden is funded by the city and everybody who wants to plant […]
What it is:  Two weeks ago I visited the VHS-Biogarten Turner Hof in Cologne and talked to one of their oldest member Birgit Scherer. She has been a member for over 25 years and shared her knowledge about gardening in the Cologne area, Permaculture and community based gardening with me.  The VHS-Biogarten has it’s on compost […]
Good morning, as promised I went through all your texts in the spreadsheet and gave comments – including a general comment in the first row I added. Some fields are marked red where heavy rework has to be done (or nothing is there). Please take all the comments in consideration and use it to create […]
What it is: an environmental friendly way of transportation by using air pressure and magnetic power Where it is: Pneumatic system: used in bigger companies, hyperloop: still does not exist Why it is relevant:´The system of pneumatic transportation is more than 100 years old, but due to the digitalization and new technologies, it is offering a new […]
What it is: An environmental friendly option to keep food and beverages cold by placing the fridge under the ground. Where it is: Can be placed in almost every ground structure (sand, soil …) Why it is relevant: The hundreds of years old concept of an underground fridge is celebrating its revival!  A dutch designer developed a spherical […]
Hi everyone As prof. Heidkamp mentioned I’ll be available between 10:00 and 13:00 in R228, pick a slot in the tutoring spreadsheet. I’ve been updated about your progress and would be there to look over your work and give extra input. And see how to get ready for the final presentation. I’d be there to […]

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

In the last post, I mentioned that tomorrow’s meeting will be in the afternoon. To correct that, 14:00 is the time when prof. Heidkamp is joining us. Nonetheless, we are meeting anyway at 10:00 to already discuss how we will organise ourselves for the workshop and connect the questions that will be researched by the […]
The meeting time for Tuesday (12/11) has shifted from 09:00 in the morning to 14:00 – 17:00 in the afternoon. This is an important meeting as it will define the direction of the workshop in Taipei, as well as further research to be conducted there. Have a good weekend and see you in room 303!
Please have alook at this workshop draft for the Taipei week. It is relevant for all of us: For the six students leaving as we will have six teams in Taipei and each of the KISDstudents will be in one of the teams supporting the process, sharing insights we achieved – and nudging the team […]
After yesterday’s meeting, hearing the input of your presentations, we suggest to frame the work for the project by the following criteria: – Focus on veggies (fruits, vegetables, crops etc.) as this allows the biggest flexibility in involvement and scalability – Look at Community Supported Agriculture – how can this support (or plug into) the […]
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 […]
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 […]
This post is to shortly summarise today’s meeting and repeat the assignments for next week. For all of the people currently in Venice, you are expected to run through today´s presentation (here) Also, you have been assigned to a team and will have to organise yourself to do individual/collective research.  Within the presentation, the Creative Food […]
It was nice to see you share your thoughts, interests and questions on Tuesday! After grouping them together, searching for commonalities, we got to these 6 big overarching themes:  (ZERO) WASTE – NUTRITION – RETAIL – EDUCATION – AGRICULTURE – OWNERSHIP Although we started breaking down the bigger themes into sub-themes, next week we will […]
Please make up your mind in case you want to join the Taipei trip, if you can dedicate enough time and energy to the overall project and if are ok with the hostel and the mixed rooms (additional nights on your own or at friends of KISD in Taipei, maybe) if you would be ok in […]