The food kitchen is a gathering hub that provides food for the citizens and professionals of the 22@ district of Barcelona with goals of improving social welfare, the street, culture, education, mobility, help for new arrivals, and health. The structure is responsive and acts as a data bank displaying daily impact on the neighborhood in terms of food distributed and food donated. The exterior enclosure is composed of wood modules that act as shelving for food visible both from the inside and outside, where food clutter decreases as it is bought and given out.
The food kitchen is a place where food is offered to the homeless or hungry for free or at a very low cost. It is said (according to Wikipedia) to have been invented in the United States and primarily became prevalent in the U.S. during the Great Depression. The soup kitchen brings to mind images of destitution and the stigma of poverty, but this is not necessarily the conditions found at 22@. The 22@ district of Barcelona strives for three goals of urban innovation, economic innovation, and social innovation – unlike the top-down design goals of the Olympic Village. In the social innovation objectives, the district aims to foster the educational and cultural growth of both the residents and the professionals. As a new and somewhat futuristic Information and Communication Technologies district, this brings about a new social relationship that has yet to be understood. What is a food kitchen operating within a high tech community? In the city’s Guide to Social Services, it is clear that Barcelona acknowledges people with different opportunities and disadvantages who must be included to create “social cohesion” within the city. A food kitchen that is deployable in multiple locations can address several of the listed categories where social service is needed: social welfare, the street, culture, education, mobility, help for new arrivals, and health. The image of a food kitchen in a high tech community is much different from those opened during the Great Depression.
This video is pretty cool. It shows images that represent different cities and different notable places (e.g. the High Line) all around the world from the graphic design perspective. It’s kind of long though, but you get a good feel for the character of each place in just 1-2 minutes of images of each place.
I also found this website of the 1st International Conference Place Branding Online which was held in Barcelona last year. “TOURL is the first International Conference specifically dedicated to online place branding. It is designed to cover the emerging topic of Internet as communication tool for place brands.”
Data Food Wall
Things Literally Attached and Unattached
Ways of Sitting
Materials of 22@ vs Materials of Typical Homeless Shelter
People Indoor vs Outdoor on Pleasant Weather Day vs Unpleasant Weather Day
Professional vs Residential Population Over a Day
Bottom Up vs Top Down
Food to Waste Ratio