Title page for ETD etd-05112007-004939

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Buettner-Graefenhain, Christine
Author's Email Address c.bg@gmx.de
URN etd-05112007-004939
Title Discovery Food - Culinary Architecture
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Chair
Emmons, Paul F. Committee Member
Foote, Jonathan Committee Member
Frascari, Marco Committee Member
Holt, Jaan Committee Member
  • Culinary
  • Architecture
  • natural Stone
  • Restaurant
  • Island
  • Roosevelt
Date of Defense 2005-12-16
Availability unrestricted
What keeps places unique in times of globalization? If information, goods, food, architecture are the same

everywhere, what`s the difference between places? What are people identifying with?

Eating habits are a main factor of cultural identification. How can architecture contribute to these feelings

of belonging, self awareness and joy? How can it teach something about the place and the people living


What if a new kind of culinary architecture can help opening people`s eyes towards their own eating

culture? What if they would learn rediscovering and appreciating its richness there?

The American mixture can be seen as a micro cosmos of the whole world under ongoing globalization.

Since the U.S. is a very progressive country, I claim that studying their experiences can help us

understand future trends of our global culture. Learning from their problems will help understand or even

avoid the same problems elsewhere.

One of the American challenges is obesity. Researchers expect U.S. life expectancy to fall dramatically in

coming years because of obesity. This would be a startling shift in a long-running trend toward longer


What is American? How can the American culture be captured? How do Americans identify themselves?

They are part of a blend of virtually every culture on this earth. Idealistically, nobody can be a stranger

because everybody is. They have one thing in common: their ancestor`s or even their own history of

dissatisfaction, hope, journey, arrival and good or bad luck in the new homeland.

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