Food Cycles Pop-Up Workshop investigated how design based on creativity, conviviality and sensorial experiences, can express new interactive ways to enhance circular economy in urban contexts at diverse scales. Participants designed innovative concepts for popup market, enabling alternative distribution and consumption models, and prototyped a multipurpose stage able to address public events and cultural activities into a new “urban food hotspot”.
The workshop took place on 23-24-25th of May at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences of the Leibniz University Hannover, involving 65 participants in working and exchange activities. Among these, 20 selected contributors from all over the world, worked on 5 different topics advocating tactical urbanism strategies to integrate distributing, marketing and consuming regional food productions.
- Food culture > theater, stage, performing arts
- Conviviality > social tables, white tables, cooking clubs
- Digitization > innovative business, fab-lab, craftsmanship
- Circular economy > co-working, food chains
- Sustainability > regional markets, bio/self-productions
The work programme have been structured over the three days to alternate common Design sessions in an open workshop environment, with thematic Lunchtime Lecture series to enrich the creative exchange and debate among participants and contributors, by interpreting:
- food as a cultural-urban medium able to shape the socio-spatial relationship between aesthetics, practices and the relocation of tastes;
- food as a performative-design opportunity able to promote innovation, space and service creation to improve everyday urban life;
- food as a strategical vehicle of urban-rural metabolism able to inform sustainable practices both at regional and local level of implementation.
The participants learned about Agro-cities and Urban Food strategies, Pop-Up design experiences, Regional productions & marketing, Visual communication techniques and Packaging design, thanks to the inputs of both CFC Partners (LUH, IAAC and UNIGE) and the invited external experts.
Moreover, the contributors, coming from different field of expertise, had the opportunity to access the different facilities at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences of the Leibniz University Hannover (Wood construction workshop, CNC milling machine, Computer Lab, Photo studio) to process modelling materials and to prototype the design concepts in different study models.
Specifically, the Design Studio working activity has been developed through a research-by design methodology with a series of recursive reviews, driven by multi-scalar approach on the proof-of-concepts elaboration (City – District – Site scale).
Following an inductive method, the participants proposed the elaboration of sketches and graphic visualizations, in order to study different layout for pop-up markets.
But just like in any laboratory activity, there have been moments of creative hybridization, thanks also to the contribution of local stakeholders that enriched the programme by means of artistic and musical interactions (CFC Jam Session _ Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media) or the raise of social awareness towards sustainable and plastic-free food distribution and consumption methods (CFC Food Interaction _ Lola Der LoseLaden Hannover)
Here you can learn more about the workshop output and the sub-topics developed for the Final Presentations:
GROUP 1 (Sustainability)
PorTable – movable cart, bio/self-productions
Josephine Arfsten, Anna Pape
GROUP 2 (Food Culture)
Sens Fest – edible alchemy, sensorial experiences
Fabiana Cerutti Rossetti, Selin Karamanoglu
GROUP 3 (Circular Economy)
Leftover Performance – leftover kitchen, waste reduction
Marsha Dinse, Julia Theis
GROUP 4 (Digitisation)
Food Machine – wunderkammer, open food repository
Michel Grändorf, Leona Schubert
GROUP 5 (Food Culture)
DIY Box – movable stands, performing arts
Nadina-Ioana Jurat, Janine Philipp
GROUP 6 (Circular Economy)
No Walls – community kitchen, socio-cultural integration
Fabrice Rutikanga, Isabella Sanches Previti
GROUP 7 (Digitisation)
Pneumatic Towers – pneumatic architecture, colors perception
M.Adel Alatassi, Elvin Demiri
GROUP 8 (Conviviality)
Plate Reform – pottery class, diets awareness
Blanca Méndez, Kit Virginia Siu, Marta Barquilla
GROUP 9 (Conviviality)
Convivi Islands – active public space, university canteen
Deiby Betancur Grisales, Jorge Fuentes, Jiajing Sun
The prototyping process finally displayed 1:50 study models for the general layout of the 9 proof-of-concepts for the pop-up market as well as 1:10 zoomed detailed models, aiming at understanding the feasibility and the final implementation.
All the proof-of-concepts have been discussed during a final-open presentation session, with the scope to give feedbacks, critics and further tailor-made suggestions to all the contributors, by an international multi-disciplinary jury.