Food City, the follow up to Smartcities and Eco-Warriors, explores the issue of urban and architectural transformation and how the creation, storage and distribution of food has been, and can again become, a construct for the practice of everyday life. Global in scope, the book addresses the frameworks of over 25 cities through the medium of food and how the city is governed. Voices of urban residents and stakeholders of varying levels in the city’s gastro-economy permeate through the essays. Food City investigates the reinstatement of food at the core of national and local governance through an ambitious piece of polemic titled the Food Parliament - how the architecture can be a driver to restructure employment, education, transport, health, culture, communities, and the justice system, re-evaluating how the city functions as a spatial and political entity. The book raises serious questions about the priorities of our governing bodies, using urban relationships to reframe the spaces of food consumption and production, analyzed through historical precedent, function and form.
After lecture, Food City book will be on sale at a discounted price of £25 (normal retail price £32).
is the Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bartlett, UCL and the founder of Studio 8 Architects
. His research engages in multi-disciplinary design and innovative interpretations of environmental sustainability programmes in urban planning, architecture and landscape. His authored books include Smartcities + Eco-warriors
(Routledge, 2010), and Short Stories: London in two-and-a-half dimensions