Julianna Laird (She/Her)
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.
Through the introduction of a local food hub comprised of a food hall, housing, educational and growing spaces, the thesis endeavors to support local communities through the introduction of a facility that aims to create a sense of place and build social cohesion. Implementing a diverse program centered around food, the range of activities intend to contribute to neighbourhood vibrancy, inclusion and social networking while providing an alternative approach to current agricultural systems regarding food production, consumption and waste.