︎ 001 - Nul kitchen
In March 2015, an international architecture competition was launched asking to design a new gourmet street-food structure to be located in the Berliner Fernsehturm and Alexanderplatz. This project is an attempt to redefine the concept of street food itself by creating a shared and flexible infrastructure that would allow different social ecologies to coexist and support each other.
NUL kitchen is a shared infrastructure for communities which allows several different uses. Sharing takes place in public space as an alternative to private enterprises and it helps people with recovering and spreading their traditions. Culinary traditions reflect and define social interactions in every community and, at the same time, undergo a number of adaptations and transformations that allow knowledge circulation, giving birth to a sort of open-source cultural genealogy.
NUL kitchen is a DIY, low-cost, modular and flexible system, a structural frame of an unfinished - which someone would call weak - architectural object that encourages people to share while facilitating collective and open design processes. It redefines interaction among people: there are no customers, no merchants. Boundaries no longer exist. Users can choose how to use it and their choice can always implicate permanency or nomadism. Culture and environment are not two separate elements: the permeable system of this structure allows interaction between sharers while keeping at heart the value of every food ritual.
programme: public infrastructure
in collaboration with: Aurora Maria Riviezzo, Carmine Errico, Augusto Fabio Cerqua
Commoning the kitchen
The kitchen as a public infrastructure