Project Objectives

Increasing integration of regional food systems as a cultural vehicle of identity, innovation, social integration and implementing sustainable urban development

Fostering the exchange of knowledge and best practices in the application of food/design/art interactions in Europe;

Contributing to reducing skill-gaps and empowering new building capacities on innovative production, ICT and resilient city metabolism among architects, product and event designers;

Enhancing audience development and participation in European urban sustainable development processes and creative food cycles in cities;

Increasing visibility of the role of European architects, designers and performing artists in implementing creative food cycles in cities.

Project Activities

Collecting and publishing the State of the art catalogue (Food Interactions) on best practices on food/design/art interactions;

Development of a workshop programme (Food Crossovers) in Barcelona, Hannover and Genova aimed at providing architects, designers and performing artists with skills in co-creation stages on innovative production, information and communication technologies, sharing knowledge and resilient city metabolism;

Organization of 3 art-installations (Food Cycle in-action) in Barcelona, Hannover and Genova, experimenting citizen participation on developing a full-scale prototype to facilitate processes of social innovation and public engagement towards creative food cycles in cities.

Co-production of an Itinerant exhibition on best practices and learned experiences to be held in Partner cities (Barcelona, Hannover, Genova) and other Hosting cities around Europe;

Organization of an International Festival as a creative and educational platform to upcycle the sense, meaning and setting values of an abandoned heritage site in Genova, as a 2 days event open to a large public, displaying projects, activities and interactions with round tables, keynote speeches, world cafés, public performances, lectures, video sessions and music shows;

Editing and publishing a dedicated on-line Catalogue of the Festival experiences, collecting the proof of concepts, installations and selected prototypes;

Implementation of a Final Symposium in Hannover, in order to present the project’s results wide audience of professionals, students and international experts and stakeholders, collected in specific conference proceedings;

Development of a wide-reaching dissemination programme aimed at increasing the visibility of the role of European architects, product and event designers in implementing creative food cycles in cities.