Creative Food Cycles Online Symposium

17 – 18 September 2020 | HANNOVER, GERMANY
Leibniz Universität Hannover

How can FOOD CYCLES enhance urban resilience? 
How can FOOD CYCLES become a major field for social innovation?
How can digital technologies innovate FOOD CYCLES? 

Creative Food Cycles Symposium presents and discusses innovative and creative scientific contributions in the transformation of space and society for creating sustainable futures through food cultures, particularly connected to creative performances, responsive digital technologies, co-creation of change.

The Symposium is aimed at an international academic audience, exploring novel ideas, knowledge and practices in addressing the manifold linkages of food-creativity-space together with project partners, representatives of international institutions, invited experts and key-note speakers. Hence, it will establish a common ground to contribute to the debate on circular economy and collaborative cities in Europe, to implement the objectives of the EU Urban Agenda and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Symposium will be organized in the following sessions:


Fostering novel and adaptive Food Cycles as driver for future resilience in economy, society, and culture.


Extending civic participation in Food Cycles toward active engagement, new urban communities, and new models of social entrepreneurship.


Experimenting with interactive devices and digital protocols with a strong cultural and social impact, as an empowering force of Food Cycles.

Creative Food Cycles is a project organised by the Institute of Urban Design and Planning of Leibniz University Hannover (Germany), the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia IAAC in Barcelona (Spain), and the Department of Architecture and Design of the University of Genoa (Italy). The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU.

Register now to join the Creative Food Cycles International
Online Symposium 17 – 18 September 2020!


Day One / Thu 17 September 2020

  • 13:00 _ Welcome
    Hilde Léon, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences (LUH)
    Alice Moser, UNESCO City of Music (City Hannover)
    Karin Kellner, Chamber of Architects of the State Niedersachsen
  • 13:30 _ Introduction + CFC Food interaction
  • 13:50 _ apéritif > Music Format: 6 pieces (by Julian Scarcella & Friends)

  • 14:00 _ Key note: Creative Food Cycles. Multiscalar challenges
    Manuel Gausa Navarro (University of Genoa – DAD)
  • 14:15 _ Key note: Circular Design for urban resilience
    Jörg Schröder (Leibniz University Hannover – IES)
  • 14:30 _ Paper: The role of food plans in the transition towards sustainable food systems in Italy
    Luca Lazzarini (Polytechnic of Milan – DASTU)
    Marco Mareggi (Polytechnic of Milan – DASTU)
  • 14:45 _ Paper: Creative ecosystem services for new urban-rural communities. The VàZapp experience
    Maria Cerreta (University of Naples Federico II)
    Massimo Clemente (National Research Council of Italy CNR-IRISS)
    Gaia Daldanise (National Research Council of Italy CNR-IRISS)
    Giuliano Poli (University of Naples Federico II)
  • 15:00 _ Paper: Designing Food Cycles: three pathways toward urban resilience
    Sabrina Sposito (for Leibniz University Hannover)
  • 15:15 _ Paper: Food self-sufficiency as a driver for Architectural Design towards Resilient Cities.
    A case study of Plant Your Future
    Fiona Clara Louise Demeur (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
    Mathilde Marengo (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
  • 15:30_ Paper: Socio-ecological connectivity for productive, circular and resilient territories
    Sara Favargiotti (University of Trento – DICAM)
    Angelica Pianegonda (University of Trento – DICAM)
    Alessandro Betta (University of Trento – DICAM)
    Mattia Andreola (University of Trento)
    Francesca Forno (University of Trento)
    Marco Ciolli (University of Trento)
    Alessandro Gretter (Edmund Mach Foundation)
  • 15:45 _ amuse-bouche > Music Format: 6 pieces (by Julian Scarcella & Friends)
  • 16:00 _ Key note: Food culture in a box society
    Jorrit Kiewik (Slow Food Youth Network)
  • 16:20 _ Key note: Designing resilient urban food systems
    based on circular economy principles
    Emma Chow (Ellen MacArthur foundation) 
  • 16:45 _ Discussion panel: moderation by
    Emanuele Sommariva (Leibniz University Hannover – IES)

  • 18:30 _ entrée > Music Format: 6 pieces (by Julian Scarcella & Friends)
  • 18:40 _ Book Launch: CFC Symposium Proceedings
    moderation: Sabrina Sposito (for Leibniz University Hannover)
  • 18:55_ Input: Strange is Better: an effort to biologically convert polystyrene
    into organic matter using mealworms
    Eve Nnaji (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
    Madhavi Ojha (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
  • 19:00_ Input: Approach for the analysis of self-cultivation as an expression
    of the resilient capacities of migrants in Barcelona during the twentieth century
    Germán Guillén-Espallargas (Polytechnic University of Catalonia)
    Carles Llop i Torné (Polytechnic University of Catalonia)
  • 19:05_ Input: Rural studio farm
    Elena Barthel (Auburn University Alabama)
  • 19:10_ Input: 3D printing revolution in the urban food cycles
    Nicola Canessa (University of Genoa – DAD)
  • 19:15_ Input: Food Cycles: active engagement and new urban communities
    Federica Scaffidi (Leibniz University Hannover – IES)
  • 19:20_ Input: Trueque based urbanism
    Alissa Diesch (Leibniz University Hannover – IES)
  • 19:25_ Input: Food cycles and hydrogeological risk mitigation: the Kezersrande Natural Farm project
    Mathilde Pitanti (University of Genoa – DAD)
  • 19:30_ Input: German potatoe: analysis towards sustainability
    Aldana Bouzas Mendoza (indipendent scholar)
  • 19:35_ Input: Topping up Digitally: multiplayer approach to preparing a pizza in mixed reality
    Jan Philipp Drude (Leibniz University Hannover – dMA)
    Victor Sardenberg (Leibniz University Hannover – dMA)
  • 19:40_ Input: Waste-no-Taste: animated video recipes to prevent domestic food waste
    Giulia Panadisi (University of Chieti-Pescara)
    Vincenzo Maselli (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • 19:45_ Input: Alimentar el Barrio. Farmers’ market: a new opportunity to drive change
    Giulia Damiani (Polytechnic of Turin – Elisava Barcelona)
    Chiara Moretti (University of Florence – Elisava Barcelona)
  • 19:50_ Input: Platform Synthesis: the augmented domesticity
    Melinda Bognar (University College London)
  • 19:55_ Input: Eating with Type: designing a letterpress workshop based on
    typeful thinking approach for food education
    Carlotta Belluzzi Mus (Sapienza University of Rome)
    Alessio Caccamo (Roma Tre University)
    Andrea Venditti (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • 20:00_ Input: Designing at the service of rural territory
    Daniela Cifuentes Avendaño (National University of Colombia)
    Iris Andrea Reyes Forero (National University of Colombia)
  • 20:05_ Input: Food design as a strategy for the global community
    Ivo Caruso (Sapienza University of Rome)
    Silvia Cosentino (Sapienza University of Rome)
    Carlo Martino (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • 20:10_ Input: Quarantined sobremesa
    Gabriela Aquije Zegarra (Hochschule Anhalt)
  • 20:15 _ Round Table: moderation by
    Riccarda Cappeller (Leibniz University Hannover – IES)
    Chiara Farinea (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
    Chiara Olivastri (University of Genoa – DAD)
  • 21:00 _ CFC Food Installation: “PorTable” project
    Anna Pape, Josephine Arfsten, Julia Theis (for Leibniz University Hannover)

Day Two / Fri 18 September 2020

  • 09:00 _ Key note: Food waste as a transitional key factor towards circular economy
    Silvia Pericu (University of Genoa – DAD)
  • 09:15 _ Paper: Remix El Barrio: a co-creation journey to foster innovative ecosystems crafting and micro-fabricating with food surplus and waste
    Anastasia Pistofidou (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
    Marion Real (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
    Milena Juarez Calvo (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
  • 09:30 _ Paper: Be[e] the Creative Food of Social Innovation
    Raffaella Fagnoni (IUAV University of Venice)
  • 09:45 _ Paper: Foodways: diasporic explorations at the age of (digital) discoveries
    Emanuele Sommariva (Leibniz University Hannover – IES)
  • 10:00 _ Paper: The Uovo di Colombo Lab: designing against food waste
    Cristian Campagnaro (Polytechnic of Turin)
    Raffaele Passaro (Polytechnic of Turin)
    Barbara Stabellini (Polytechnic of Turin)
  • 10:15 _ Paper: Food revolution: social innovation as a reaction to lockdown
    Chiara Olivastri (University of Genoa – DAD)
  • 10:30 _ Paper: Zitsa Wine Hub
    Andreas Nikolovgenis (University of Patras)
  • 10:45 _ Paper: Development of sustainable packaging based on agricultural residues and others
    _winner of Food Interactions Call_
    Elizabeth Palomino Nolasco (Catholic University Sedes Sapientiae of Perú)
  • 11:00 _ plat principal > Music Format: 6 pieces (by Julian Scarcella & Friends)
  • 11:10 _ Key note: Architecture: from future buildings to future landscapes
    Matevž Čelik (Future Architecture Platform, MAO Ljubljana)
  • 11:30 _ Discussion panel: moderation by
    Mathilde Marengo (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)

  • 13:00 _ fromage > Music Format: 6 pieces (by Julian Scarcella & Friends)
  • 13:10 _ Presentation of the CFC travelling exhibition and preview of the CFC Festival
    Mohamed Elatab (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
    Giorgia Tucci (University of Genoa – DAD)
    Sabrina Sposito (for Leibniz University Hannover)
  • 13:30 _ Key note: Hybridising built environment and living systems
    Chiara Farinea (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
  • 13:45 _ Paper: Foodshift 2030 EU Horizon Project: a citizen-driven transition of food system
    Kate Armstrong (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
    Emily Whyman (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
    Luke Schafer (University of Copenhagen)
    Christian Bugge Henriksen (University of Copenhagen)
    Dirk Wascher (Susmetro)
  • 14:00 _ Paper: Fermentation Lab
    Mirco Becker (Leibniz University Hannover – dMA)
  • 14:15 _ Paper: Myco-scape. Growth of edible oyster mushrooms in the urban environment
    Mohamed Elatab (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia)
  • 14:30 _ Paper: Cultivating social capital. Resiliency against adversity
    _winner of Food Interactions Call_
    Tiago Vasconcelos (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts)
  • 14:45 _ Paper: Food Reality Experience
    Kedy C. Cellamare (Cozinha Nomade)
  • 15:00 _ Paper: Tech tools and proactive experimentation against food waste
    Giorgia Tucci (University of Genoa – DAD)
  • 15:15 _ Paper: Automated vegetable growth analysis from outdoor images acquired with a cablebot
    Aldo Solazzo (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Noumena)
  • 15:30 _ dessert > Music Format: 6 pieces (by Julian Scarcella & Friends)
  • 15:40 _ Key note: Manifesto for the City. Case study of two transformations
    merging food, culture, technology and community
    Radka Ondrackova (reSITE, Manifesto Market Prague)
  • 16:00 _ Discussion panel: moderation by
    Nicola Canessa (University of Genoa – DAD)
  • 17:30 _ Closing remarks
  • 18:00 _ End of the conference


Creative Food Cycles Symposium will take place ONLINE on:

17.09.2020 13:00 – 21:00
18.09.2020 09:00 – 18:00

The web video conference is organised by Leibniz University Hannover. Online live-streaming of the Symposium is available on YouTube CFC Channel at this link


The symposium is free of charge. Please register by filling the following fields or sending an email to You will get updates regarding the Symposium programme.

Scientific committee

Raffaella Fagnoni, full professor of design, IUAV University of Venice (IUAV)
Chiara Farinea, Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)
Manuel Gausa, full professor of urbanism, University of Genoa (UNIGE)
Areti Markopoulou, academic director, Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)
Silvia Pericu, University of Genoa (UNIGE)
Jörg Schröder, full professor of urbanism, Leibniz University Hannover (LUH)
Emanuele Sommariva, Leibniz University Hannover (LUH)

Organisation board

Jörg Schröder
Emanuele Sommariva
Sabrina Sposito
Riccarda Cappeller
Alissa Diesch
Federica Scaffidi

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