Creative Food Cycles “Food (re) makers”

29 – 30 – 31 October 2019 | GENOVA, ITALY
DAD Department Architecture and Design | UNIGE

The Creative Food Cycles installation explores one of the great topics of sustainability that involves our daily life: the food surpluses and the way in which these become new materials – from organic food waste to the creation of new industrial materials – and how the food waste and discarded packaging turns into new products for consumers.

The necessary radical change for the pursuit of sustainable development objectives requires a creative attitude capable of reinterpreting the reality that surrounds us and the objects of everyday life. Among these, the issue of food waste represents a fertile field both for experimentation and for a full understanding of the relationship between ethical elements and new aesthetic dimensions. Considering food waste as an opportunity to develop new products and materials is an urgency to which architects, designers and artists are called to respond.

By developing up new project approaches, the Genova Food (re) makers Lab Installation wants to raise public awareness on the potential transformability and new life-cycles of discarded products and waste, and to make sustainable more attractive thanks to a design based on creativity and conviviality. The inclusion of diversified audiences in this process is significant in order to widen the discussion on circular economy practices in everyday life.

The goal of the Genova “Food (re) makers” Lab Installation is to explore the process that takes food from consumption to disposal, offering new potential meanings and spatial combination in the reinterpretation of product design. In this way, the prototypes designed during the Food Shakers | Food Remakers workshop, as part of the Creative Food Cycles project, will be implemented through educational laboratories organized as open days. The designers of the prototypes will interact with the public, involving them in co-design activities and stimulating the understanding of the topics addressed by Festival della Scienza 2019 programme.

Festival della Scienza is an annual thematic event held between the end of October and the beginning of November in Genoa since 2003. Every year the program presents exhibitions, workshops, interactive educational courses, photographic and artistic exhibitions, conferences, roundtables, film screenings, theatrical / musical performances and open demonstrational laboratories —such as Food (re)makers Lab— organized throughout the city during the Festival days. In 2006, with more than 250.000 visits, the Genoa Science Festival has been selected as the only Italian initiative among the 10 best European events in the field of promoting scientific and technological culture.

Opening Installation Event Programme

Day One  / Tue 29 October 2019:

  • 10:00 – 18:00 Food (re) makers Lab Installation at Festival della Scienza

11 prototype x 11 discarded food products
Galalight – Biorigami – BIS – Loofah – F.Ananas – Coffee Puzzle
V.Pot – Hanging Plates – BoFish – DishBratta – Modurouz

Day Two  / Wed 30 October 2019:

  • 11:00 – 11:30 Food (re) makers Lab Installation: Introduction – Manuel Gausa, Silvia Pericu (UNIGE)
  • 11:30 – 11:50 Lecture: Food as Urban Material – Emanuele Sommariva (LUH)
  • 11:50 – 12:10 Lecture: Hannover Workshop & PorTable Installation – Sabrina Sposito (LUH)
  • 12:10 – 12:30 Lecture: Barcelona Workshop & Mycoscape Installation – Chiara Farinea (IAAC)
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch session – Food (re) makers roundtable

CFC Round Table discussants:

Manuel Gausa (UNIGE – Advanced Architecture and Co-design Expert)
Silvia Pericu (UNIGE – Citizen Participation and Co-creation Expert)
Raffaella Fagnoni (UNIGE – Design for Social Innovation Expert)
Giorgia Tucci (UNIGE – Urban co-design practices Expert)
Chiara Olivastri (UNIGE – Service Design Expert)
Nicola Canessa (UNIGE – Urban Design and Participation Expert)
Emanuele Sommariva (LUH – Resilient Urban Metabolism Expert)
Sabrina Sposito (LUH – Resilient Urban Metabolism Expert)
Chiara Farinea (IAAC – Advanced Nature Based Solutions Expert)

  • 13:30 – 15:00 CFC Food (re) makers interactions _ with Sale & Dede: Laboratorio di Cucina
  • 15:00 – 18:00 Food waste for Thoughts: Re-cycle strategies

Think Tank and Brain Storming with PhD candidates and Post-docs
UNIGE Doctoral School in Architecture and Design

Day Three  / Thu 31 October 2019:

  • 10:00 – 13:00 Open Day Lab: 3D modelling & prototyping from Foodwaste
  • 15:00 – 17:00 Open Day Lab: Experimentations with Bio-resins and prototyping

Food (re)makers Lab Installation: 29-31 Oct 2019
During these days the installation can be visited at Aula Cisterna – Faculty of Architecture. The event is Open to the Public within the official “Festival della Scienza” 2019 program



Aula Cisterna / Modelling Lab

Department Architecture and Design
UNIGE-DAD, Polytechnic School
Stradone Sant’Agostino 37 – 16123 Genova