Arijit Sen - University of Wisconsin [USA]
This course examines cities as cultural landscapes — physically disjointed, spatially fragmented, and uneven terrains. In order to understand how cultural landscapes work, we will map foodways —systems of places, memories, activities, and destinations associated with the production, distribution, and consumption of food. Tracing cultural landscapes of food will allow us to consider innovative ways to think of the urban built environment and to experiment with design practices that Bjarke Ingels calls the design of eco-systems, or “systems of economy and ecology, where we channel the flow not only of people, but also the flow of resources through our cities and buildings.”
During this block-week, we will explore how food practices help new immigrants retain/adapt their culture even as they settle into a new environment. We will interview selected individuals from the Centre for Newcomers in Calgary and collect their favorite recipes. Then, we will map places where the ingredients are found, bought, cooked and consumed. In the process we will also find that food memories and practices transcend national boundaries and time. We will discover how the smells, sounds, tastes, and sights of food conjure up memories and experiences of place.
You will learn skills such as urban mapping, interviewing, spatial ethnography, community engaged storytelling, archival research, and create podcasts and website exhibits with digital tools such as Story Map JS, Timeline JS, Juxtapose JS, Soundcite JS, and Audacity.
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