Food for the Open City

Continuing on the themes of Richard Sennett’s Open City, the thesis acknowledges public space, movement and porosity as key ways of strengthening social solidarity within the city. It also considers food and the act of eating as a social phenomenon that has the ability to bring people together within physical spaces and build social cohesion.

The thesis endeavors to support communities through the introduction of a local food hub, consisting of a food hall and growing and educational spaces. The design aims to create a sense of place and build social cohesion. By implementing a diverse program centered around food, the range of activities intend to con-tribute to neighbourhood vibrancy and inclusion while providing an alternative approach to current agricul-tural systems.