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 […]
Hey guys, I focused on finding basic information about food loss and waste around the world. During my research I stumbled upon this article of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United nations and their approach and strategies to find a solution to reduce food loss and waste. This video explains their sustainable development […]
Hi guys, I did some research about nutrition and I just want to share a few things with you I figured out. So in order to get a good understanding about what I was going to look up, I searched for a definition first, which is saying: “The process of providing or obtaining the food necessary […]
Expanding upon the post about circular economy by prof. Heidkamp, here is an article looking specifically at food within that framework, by Dr Francesca Zampollo. The_Circular_Food_Economy_Model Now when you click on the hashtag #circular economy, both the posts should be visible. Let’s share! A fascinating photography series related to food is ‘Last Supper’ by Celia […]
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 […]
Here is an interesting talk on The Future Sausage and working with the meat industry to decrease the intake of meat we eat. I heard her talk in Auckland, New Zealand a couple of months ago!
I am dropping here a little book reference that I came across this week end – Building and Dwelling, Ethics for the city by Richard Sennett. It looks like there is substance to absorb for us here, as it is looking at the built environments of cities and their surroundings. It is on discount for […]
It was a pleasure to meet all of you, I am already looking forward to swapping stories over food! This post is to shortly recap Thursday’s meeting and communicate to the ones who were not there. Besides what can be found in the project description, “we will research and analyse structures and processes related to […]
Marketa is a design researcher with background in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Food Studies. Her work combines the methods and techniques of Research through Design (RtD) with ethnography to investigate the growing role of digital and bio-technologies in everyday human-food practices. Her aim with this work is to generate insights into the existing food-tech trends and […]

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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