The current global food system, developed to support mass urbanization and a growing population, has unintended consequences: high energy consumption, food waste, land degradation, health issues and hunger. It is unsustainable, and it needs to be changed.
There’s a new paradigm, supported by a community of food activists, which seeks to build a local, small-scale system through the integration of rural and urban areas. For urban dwellers, it is the opportunity to re-establish a connection with food and nature that has been progressively lost over the past fifty years.
This thesis brings food back into the urban social life, celebrating its rituals and traditions. It envisions a place where people can grow, buy, cook, eat and, ultimately, enjoy and celebrate food; a place that transcends the private dimension of cooking and dining, usually confined to the domestic space; a new food paradigm that positively infiltrates the public, urban environment.
Thesis Advisor: Mark Rakatansky