Stimulating food for thoughts has been put on the table with architects, designers, professionals and creative actors at the CFC — Kick-off Conference in Hannover 2018.
Held on 14th of November and organized by the Chair for Regional Building and Urban Planning of the Leibniz Universität Hannover, the Kick-off aimed to introduce agenda, objectives, and partners of the Creative Food Cycles project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union for the years 2018-20.
The three cooperating partners of LUH Hannover, IAAC Barcelona, and UNIGE Genoa have been confronted with the three Drivers, Cities, and Cycles that underpin the exploration of new rituals and devises for sustainable urban foodscapes.
Dynamic sessions of presentations and open discussions have drawn the attention on the innovative aspects that stand in the spaces of interaction and interconnections amidst diverse urban food perspectives, cultures, and systems. Boosted by the different expertise of the partners, the drivers of Advanced Information and Communication Technologies, Resilient City Metabolism, and Citizen Participation and Co-creation have been related to the peculiar creative atmospheres and food practices in the cities of Barcelona, Hannover, and Genoa, to finally guide the exchange of ideas for experimenting with new laboratories of creative food cycles — from production to disposition, and back.
As pointed out by the key note speaker Prof. Manuel Navarro Gausa, a “spectacular change of scale and paradigm” is transforming our urban spaces.
Thus, the question of new architecture and new urban dynamics related to sustainable food cycles needs even more understanding and proactive attitudes from architects, product and communication designers, and cultural actors.
The introduction to the project website and the launch of the Open Call for the Food Interactions Catalogue marked an important moment of public involvement into the CFC activities and events.
In the evening, the conference opened to a tasty food interaction in the open spaces of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences at the Leibniz Universität Hannover — just across the enchanting Herrenhäuser Gärten, one of the main baroque gardens of Europe. Intense dialogues and interesting networks emerged from the onsite and collective preparation of Stockbrot and Würste: a good way to share food and ideas!