The Bartlett School of Architecture


Thinkspace: Food

29 May 2018–19 June 2018, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

A table of snack food, fruits and vegetables.

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Room G.12, The Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Thinkspace, a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion and debate at UCL, will look at the vital moral, political, social and urban issues behind feeding London and other big cities over two events in May. We have assembled a wide range of speakers who will give their own insights into how food shapes our cities as well as ourselves.

A third event in June will explore how all our senses interact around taste and how our physical surroundings can enhance or detract from our sensory experiences.


How should we feed London?

6.30-8.00pm, 2 May 2018

Room G.12, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB

Carolyn Steel, architect and author of the acclaimed book Hungry City, will outline how cities take shape around the supply and consumption of food.

Yvonne Rydin, Professor at The Bartlett School of Planning, will discuss social groupings and identities in cities.

Marsha Bradfield, artist, writer, curator and educator at Chelsea College of Arts, will discuss the role of food in art practice and protest.

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Pink and red drawing of a room with a castle at the end and a figure in front
6.30-8.00pm, 29 May 2018

Room G.12, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB

Tim Lang, Professor of food policy at City University London and founder of its Centre for Food Policy, will discuss the challenges for policy makers around feeding London.

Judith Dean, artist, will deliver a short discursive text and exhibit her painting Déjeuner Sans L’herbe, exploring ideas of painting as food, from protein to famine.

Mama D, of Community Centred Knowledge and the Community Food Growers Network will discuss food justice and the future of fairer access to food.

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Taste warps

6.30-8.00pm, 19 June 2018

Room G.07 Chadwick Building, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

Barry Smith, Professor at London University’s Institute of Advanced Studies, will discuss how hearing different types of music can affect our sense of taste.

Paul Schutze will discuss his practice as an artist working with sound, image and fragrance.

Ian Ritchie, architect, will outline how he would design a perfect space for eating.

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About Thinkspace

Thinkspace is a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion and debate at UCL curated by Jeremy Melvin. Events are free and open to all. #thinkspace

Thinkspace is supported by Backstage Trust.

Previous Thinkspace events

Image 1: Solidarity through the Stomach, courtesy of Neil Cummings

Image 2: Pink Random (detail), acrylic on paper, 43 x 32cm, 2017, courtesy of the artist, Judith Dean

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