Food and the City

Workshop Les Ateliers Maîtrise d’oeuvre urbaine

Result of the workshop Les Ateliers ‘Life in metropolitan areas in the 21st century: The case of the Paris capital region’ that took place in September 2018. Les Ateliers is an international non-profit organization that organizes annual workshops for graduate students and young professionals. The workshop took place over the course of four weeks in the Paris capital region. In total 20 participants from 13 different countries were selected to take part. Theme was the lifestyle in metropolitan ares in the 21st century.

« DIS-MOI CE QUE TU MANGES, JE TE DIRAI QUI TU ES »

« TELL ME WHAT YOU EAT, I WILL TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE »

Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante (1826)

How we will produce, process, distribute and consume our food will have a major impact how we shape our lives in the future. In 2050 it is expected the Paris region will have 1.5 million more inhabitants. In order to feed growing population, food production must increase. At the same time climate change, urban sprawl, degrading soil quality, reducing biodiversity all threaten our food security.

Concepts Four possible types of food production
During the workshop we explored the relation between food and the city. Based on two variables we developed a matrix with four different types of food production which are translated into different concepts. Case studies were assigned to further investigate possible implications.

Locations Île-de-France region

Production types were translated into concepts with locations. Each concept is based around a central point. From this central point a simple system is defined how it will influence our food chain.

Growing Culture Empowerment through food production

Mosaic Partnership Diversity and collaboration between farmers and business

Vertical Tree Revitalizing business parks with food

Hive Center Nature as backbone of the city

   

It is argued that food production not only has economic benefits but also educative potential, community benefits, help to minimize our ecological footprint, support biodiversity and create new jobs.

Team: Chris Steenhuis, Karen Valitov, Shakila Khalid, Estelle Klima, Émilie Confais
Location: Cergy-Pontoise, France
Date: September 2018
Organizer: Les Ateliers Cergy-Pontoise