As mentioned, we made up our mind how to stay in touch and keep the dialogue running because even if we kicked off the workshop just a couple of hours ago I think there are already some things to share. So we will try also to write cases (thank you for your excellent contributions up […]
We have started the workshop now and have no access yet to your research. Please post your cases and research on spaces as soon as possible and upload the files of your flashcards onto the drive. Thanks! This way it’s there for everyone. Also, how is it looking for tomorrow? Surely it would be interesting for […]
  What it is: Karma’s ultimate mission is to ensure that great food is never wasted. They want to lead the shift towards a more sustainable society, with the belief that we’re stronger together. If everyone takes small steps in tackling this issue, we can make a meaningful difference for the future. The app has […]
  What it is: Over 8 million people in the UK struggle to get enough to eat, but at the same time, 12 million tonnes of food is wasted each year. Many people deal with the devastating impact of loneliness, going from one week to the next without speaking to another person. Food Cycle is […]
Hi everyone, we have arrived safe and sound here in Taiwan. After a good night of rest, we are now out exploring and investigating interesting different sites. Besides that you can continue working on your topics, I would like to ask everyone to upload the files of their flashcards, both the InDesign as well as […]
After our intense collaboration work today I was suggesting 6 domains and assignments for the Taipei workshop week. I spent this morning to make them easier accessible for the students joining the workshop – as they don´t know about our process and and context. So I hope this reads more easy now, that everybody can […]
Here I am sharing the criteria for the Taipei workshop -. and of course they are related to our work here. So please have them in mind as criteria for your individual project topics to work on. CRITERIA (Future) speculations about food and the city will lead to countless opportunities. In order to narrow down […]
Tomorrow we need to fix the six groups for Taipei. As discussed on Friday it would be beneficial for all of us if a) the KISDies in the 6 Taipei groups are both bringing in their experience & interest and push their topic forward in Taipei – with the help of the other students in […]
What it is: Food Connect’s vision is to create a world where everyone has access to healthy, fresh, ecologically-grown food that is fair to growers, eaters, and the planet. They want to transform the food system, and they believe the next step towards this vision is to create a working local food hub for the regional food […]
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 […]

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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