The exhibition transfers the notion of metabolism – growth, decay, digestion, and nutrient release – from the natural world to the domain of cities and buildings. The main objective is to reimagine planetary food systems along with architecture’s capacity to perform metabolic processes.
The selected projects explore the principles of kinship, interspecies alliances, circularity, and localization. From new breeding practices, farming food waste, to synthetic growth and degrowth, EDIBLE aims to generate new visions and to raise critical questions on the rituals, practices and architectures that can emerge from the networks of food production, consumption, distribution, and decay.
Participants in the Curatorial Exhibition will be gathered in five thematic groups:
● Metabolic Home converts the Estonian Museum of Architecture into a living machine and invites visitors to participate in a curated experiment. Each of the seven installations exhibit how metabolic processes related to food are linked to everyday domestic spaces and activities.
Projects by Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation, Spain/USA), Hayley Eber and Mae-ling Lokko (The Cooper Union, South Africa/USA/Ghana), Alexandre Dubor and Cristian Rizzuti (IAAC-Advanced Architecture Group, Spain/France/Italy), Caroline O’Donnell (CODA, USA), Mitchell Joachim (Terreform ONE, USA), Allison Dring (Made of Air, Germany), Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART, Estonia);
● From Brick to Soil questions the origin and lifecycle of our current building materials and showcases a collection of edible, upcycled, productive and compostable building prototypes and components.
Projects by Lola Ben Alon and Sharon Yavo Ayalon (USA/Israel), Iason and Evangelos Pantazis (Topotheque, Greece), Andreas Theodoridis and Christina Ciardullo (Greece/USA), Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto (ecoLogicStudio, UK/Italy), Annika Kaldoja and Kärt Ojavee (Studio Aine, Estonia), Siim Karro, Karl Pärtel, Erki Nagla (Myceen, Estonia), Chiara Farinea (IAAC-Advanced Architecture Group, Spain/Italy);
● Food and Geopolitics engages with planetary phenomena and large-scale territories via maps, drawings, films and visualisations of mass migration and food sourcing in challenging environmental conditions and conflict zones.
Projects by Philip Maughan (UK/Germany) and Andrea Provenzano (Italy/Norway), Damiano Cerrone, Jesús López Baeza, Kristi Grišakov, Panu Lehtovuori (SPIN Unit, Estonia/Finland), Mason White and Lola Sheppard (Lateral Office, Canada), Robert Charles Johnson (Fatconomy, UK), Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy (Design Earth, USA/Lebanon/Algeria), Anastasios Telios, Despoina Zavraka, Dimitrios Chatzinikolis, Georgios Grigoriadis (Greece);
● The Archaeology of Architecture and Food Systems displays an archive of radical, speculative projects that architects and artists have envisioned throughout the twentieth century. Curated by Lydia Kallipoliti with Sonia Ralston and Sanjana Lahiri.
● Finally, the Future Food Deal is an open library that exhibits manuals, cookbooks, as well as visionary drawings and manifestos, on how architecture may respond to the problem of alienation between people and their sources of food provisions in a time of increasing urbanization. Participants to be announced.