Q1: How can we design / change the situation of “common meals” at restaurants or in food stalls in order to connect people more to the food (its origin, its culture, its value…) they are eating? Q2: How can we design settings where people in cities connect to local and seasonal food and their production […]
I can highly recommend to listen (sorry, German only) to the following DLF podcasts / programs: Digitalisierung der Landwirtschaft Die Nahrung der Zukunft aus der Stadt Bits und Bytes für Kleinbauern (about farmers and digitalisation in Africa, see also the website of CTA) For sure the Global Food Summit (mentioned quite often) is a valuable […]
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!
Hi everyone! Today during the meeting, we discussed how it would be useful to get the research we have done so far on physical cards. This is a way for us to get an overview of the collected cases and it could be especially of value for the workshop-participants in Taipei to flick through those […]
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 […]
Feedback to the 13 questions Finally I went through all of your contributions, made comments and came up with suggestions. Please find here a PDF that might be a bit better readable for you. Enjoy! Please find below all your questions in an overview and my respective feedback. I put that in one document to […]
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 […]
1) Should we need to find  new rituals, habits or traditions to cook/eat/share food? 2) How explore gatronomic territores? Wich are the role of food designers in the future? Could they help us to find new ways to be more open minded about food diversity and  combat our unsustainable appetite?

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.