Carolyn Steel is an architect, academic and writer, and a leading thinker on food and cities. On Wednesday, November 2nd, De Dépendance welcomes her for a talk about how our food shaped us at De Fruitvis.
Carolyn Steel is the author of award-winning books. ‘Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives (2008)’ and ‘Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World (2020)’. Her concept of sitopia (from the Greek sitos, food + topos, place) has gained broad recognition across a wide range of fields in design, ecology, academia and the arts.
Drawing on insights from philosophy, history, architecture, literature, politics and science, as well as stories of the farmers, designers and economists who are remaking our relationship with food, Steel offers a provocative and exhilarating vision for change, and how to thrive on our crowded, overheating planet.
The way to a better future
From our foraging hunter-gatherer ancestors to the enormous appetites of modern cities. Food has shaped our bodies and homes, our politics and trade, and our climate. Whether it’s the daily decision of what to eat, or the monopoly of industrial food production, food touches every part of our world. But by forgetting its value, we have drifted into a way of life that threatens our planet and ourselves. Yet food remains central to addressing the predicaments and opportunities of our urban, digital age.
In her new book Sitopia, Steel points the way to a better future. During What will we eat? at Fruitvis, a former fruit warehouse in the middle of the upcoming Rotterdam Makers District, the philosophy, history, architecture, literature, politics, and science of food is discussed.
The evening is organized by De Dépendance and powered by the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). Everyone with a ticket for the talk can first visit the IABR exhibition IT’S ABOUT TIME. In the nearby FERRO Dome for a reduced rate of 4 euros (between 6PM – 8PM).