Slow Design Meets Slow Food Nation


Bread — Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
Slow Food Nation is a celebration of food in America, taking place in San Francisco over the Labor Day weekend. It is "the first-ever American collaborative gathering to unite the growing sustainable food movement and introduce thousands of people to food that is good, clean and fair."

It is also an architectural event; two dozen San Francisco area architectural firms contributed services to work with the food curators and develop booths and displays. TreeHugger has talked about slow design before; here it is in slo-mo . Advisory Committee head Hans Baldauf says "The Slow Food Movement provides an ethical and cultural dimension to the complex issues of sustainability that are on the forefront of the challenges that we are confronting as designers."

Stanley Saitowitz's Bread Pavilion, shown above, is constructed out of a complex scaffolding system.
Beer — Randolph Designs
Descriptions from Bustler:

John Randolph designed San Francisco's Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant and is back to his craft, craft beer that is. Paired with Beer Curator, Dave McLean (Magnolia Pub and Brewery), Randolph has repurposed refrigerated shipping containers to chill and store the 150 microbrews being served via bottle, cask and keg and to provide enclosure in an otherwise windy outdoor location at Fort Mason. The bar, made of recycled beer bottles, will be topped by a loaned Vetrazzo "Alehouse Amber" recycled countertop.


Cheese — Macy Architecture
Drawing inspiration from materials used in cheese production, Macy Architecture sourced over 1,100 milk crates to create the structural element for the Cheese Pavilion. Sprouting atop the crate structure, differing grass varietals will illustrate the importance of the animal's diet, while an "aging cave" constructed of hay bales, will explain affinage, the craft of aging and maturing cheese. After the event, all of the milk crates will be returned to Straus Family Creamery.


Charcuterie — Cary Bernstein Architect
Cary Bernstein Architect's design reinterprets the familiar butcher shop in the form of a gallery. Using large scale photographs of salumi, video installations (including a "Salumipedia"), object vitrines and display of the cultural history of meat eating shown through significant artworks, the Charcuterie Pavilion will also feature over 200 samples of charcuterie displayed in large scale "meatrines" and traditional tools used in charcuterie production.


Chocolate — Aidlin Darling Design
Conceived as an immersive, multi-sensory environment, Aidlin Darling Design has focused on the origins of chocolate in designing a tasting pavilion for artisan chocolate-makers. Equal parts education and tasting, the pavilion allows one to engage in the geography of cacao harvest and production under a canopy of reclaimed lumber and palms, a direct reference to cacao's particular semi-shaded equatorial growing regions. The Chocolate Pavilion design is an aggregation of hundreds of borrowed shipping pallets that transform this ubiquitous industrial object into an artful frame through which the story of chocolate is told. The visitor can interact with the farmers, see material that shares cacao's origins, hear the crack of cocoa shells and smell the aroma and taste the chocolate as it's being made.


Pickles & Chutney — Sagan Piechota Architecture
Spawned from the idea that the Pickles & Chutney pavilion should exploit the constituent elements that are typically associated with the process of pickling, the design involves the suspension of over 3,000 mason jar lids from the ceiling, and creating walls made from mason jars and filled with recipes and pictures of pickles from around the world. The pavilion also includes a tasting and display area for visitors to sample a variety of pickles from across the nation.

Allison Arieff says: "In the end, Slow Food really isn't just about the food. It's about community, craft, collaboration. The bringing together of all of these amazing architects, designers, artisans and alchemists to create what will truly be a feast for all senses and sensibilities. This endeavor represents the perfect pairing—and then some."

More at ::Bustler

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