13 Oct 2022 - 09:00


DA-UAL, Lisbon 2022, October 12th to 13th 09:00 – 17:30

Greek culture considered the production of food and the way of eating it, the construction of temples and cities and the way of living in the latter as three indissoluble facets of the civilized human condition itself. Almost three thousand years after Homer did not find a better characterization for the Greeks than that of “bread eaters”, the increasingly pressing problems of the contemporary world force us, more than ever, to rethink this triple relationship between eating and building. -to live. This seminar intends to approach, from the recognition and analysis of relevant situations, the multiple derivations of this problem, in a perspective in which the understanding of historical problems is inseparable from the study of contemporary situations. In the same way, special attention is given to aspects of the imaginary (in the world of art, literature, cinema, etc.), based on the conviction that such aspects are not mere dispensable comments, but contribute decisively to forming our perception of problems. This view is articulated from three levels: – The city. Facing issues that have to do with facts such as problems of distribution, the food chain and its connection with the domestic, the city-agriculture relationship in urban peripheries, urban gardens, as well as waste management, evaluating the possibilities that a greater visibility of the food chain would provide for social recognition of this important vital flow. – The street and spaces of «intermediate sociability». A wide variety of situations and spaces have in common the removal of food from its traditionally domestic environment to introduce it into the public space, with the consequent complexity of the social relationships that are established. - The House. The study of food in the domestic space. With the kitchen as a central theme, but understood in its mutation in relation to other domestic spaces and in its ways of use in social and gender terms. The compendium of works presented in this seminar proposes a historical look at this fact, which will serve as a basis for the next phases of the Food and the City project. From Domestic to Public Space. Elements to Build a History, Arguments for Contemporary Projects. They will address contemporary case studies as well as proposals applicable to contemporary regulations and projects. This seminar is part of the R&D project PID2020-115039GB-I00, funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033/ and by the European Union “NextGenerationEU”/PRTR.



Department of Architecture of the Autonomous University of Lisbon

Center for Architecture, City and Territory Studies at the Autonomous University of Lisbon

Department of Architectural Constructions. University of Granada.

Association of Historians of Architecture and Urbanism

Contemporary Architecture and Culture Research Group