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Food Design



from James Lileks Gallery of Regrettable Food



This blog supports (and is supported by) the Food Design course at Industrial Design Department, run by Walter Aprile and Annemiek van Boeijen. The course is an experimental activity, run in the context of the TUDelft / KAIST joint master program. If everything works, next year we could turn it into a generally available elective: due to the relative newness of the topic, we prefer to start small.

When you want to do risotto, you start with risotto for two, not for risotto for two hundred.

Why Food Design?

The underlying focus of the joint master program is cultural identity, that can be defined as a person’s self affiliation (or categorization by others) as a member of a cultural group. Since cultural identity is a very broad theme, we are proposing to focus more narrowly on cultural identity through food. The course exploits food as a cross-cutting concern of all human societies in all times to stimulate the students to design from the micro to the macro scale in ways that are sensitive to cultural identity. Thanks to the polisemy of food, a topic where issues of health, sustainability, desire, logistics and history interact, we are able to offer a sequence of rich design provocations. The course is particularly targeted at a student group with mixed cultural provenance and could be a model of exploiting (as opposed to ignoring or trying to eliminate) cultural differences in the student body.


The Food Design course format consists of ten meetings, heavily hands on. Each meeting will be blogged. Students are expected to post and comment, otherwise next time I cook for them there will be no salt in the pasta water and too much chili in the sauce. I can think of no worse punshiment.


(the image on top comes from the fantastic website)


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