Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Buettner-Graefenhain, Christine Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Keywords
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Date of Defense 2005-12-16 Availability unrestricted AbstractWhat 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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