Carolyn Steel: "The ideal habitat for a political animal is to have one foot in the city and the other in the country"
British urban architect Carolyn Steel sees food as “the key to the city” but finds that “we don't talk about it, we don't see where it came from.” Released in March 2020, Sitopia.How Food Can Save the World (“Sitopie.How food can save the world”, Chatto & Windus, untranslated) invites us to rethink cities, multinationals, ecologies and human relations.An ambitious project that she justifies by writing that “food, the omnipresent support of civilization, has always shaped the world, not always for the better ”.
Your work has made you discover what you call the “urban paradox.” What do you mean by that?
I studied architecture, where we talked constantly about cities and growing urbanization without ever addressing issues related to the countryside, which is the other side of the phenomenon.This is where agricultural production takes place.without which we would not exist.
Aristotle emphasizes our fundamental duality by saying that we are political animals.We need society and food from the natural environment.Cities produce the political side, but not what makes us happy and allows us to prosper as This is the urban paradox.
The ideal habitat for a political animal is to have one foot in the city and the other in the country.The rich have always done that.Of course that is what we all want but most of us don't.can't afford it.It becomes a design problem: how we can design an environment in which political animals can thrive and learn.By recognizing the paradox, we can transform the way we think about the spaces in which we live.
Posted Date: 2020-08-24