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Nkwooten Thesis Abstract Submittal 1

Nkwooten Thesis Abstract Submittal 1

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Nathaniel WootenARC 505 Thesis PreparationCrisis City:
Logistical Urbanism:
Primary Advisor:Brendan MoranSecondary Advisor:Julia CzerniakCrisis City Primary Faculty:Julia CzerniakAnda FrenchBrian LonswayBrendan MoranFrancisco Sanin
 
Thesis Abstract:It is my contention that ood has and must continue to play an integral role in the shaping ourban landscapes and civic lie in order to create a more sustainable city. Intensifed by the linked orceso industrialization, modernization, and globalization, our rapidly growing urban world is becomingincreasingly distanced rom the realities o its sustenance. Forecasting potential ood crises, citieshave slowly begun to invest in inormal urban agriculture, regional produce markets, and higher oodstandards. But despite these recent initiatives, cities are still reliant on their global ood inrastructuresto manage the logistics o ood trade. Our prior investment and current reliance on these existinginrastructures create economic and psychological barriers that prevent new sustainable urban oodsystems rom developing. How can these two competing and currently necessary orces be mitigatedin order to ensure their ultimate purpose, the sustaining o urban lie?Throughout architectural and urban history the market has served as the urban space o ood. CarolynSteel author o
Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives
writes
:
 
For all their mess, noise and nuisance, markets bring something vital to a city: an awareness o what it takes to sustain lie.They are what the French Sociologist Michel Foucault called ‘heterotopia’s’: places that embrace every aspect o human existence simultaneously, that are capable o juxtaposing in a single space several aspects o lie that are ‘in themselves incompatible.’ Markets are contradictory spaces, but that is the point. They are spaces made by ood.
Inhuman in scale, oten privatized, and removed to a city’s hinterlands, global ood distributionmarkets no longer bring this ‘awareness’ to urban lie; rather they are oten the epitome o an unsustainableglobal/urban ood system. As our cities transition towards local ood sourcing and other sustainablemodels, how will mega-markets as logistical nodes o ood distribution transition to accommodate localcommunity agricultural economies without neglecting the immediate demands o the worlds greaterurban population?Feeding 20 million people a day New York City’s Hunt’s Point Food Distribution Center is one o themost extreme examples o a mega-market serving a city’s entire urban population. Given the market’sdisconnect rom the population it eeds and the neighborhood it inhabits, how can the market transormto become a productive public space or the Hunt’s Point community and/or greater New York City? Howcan this place o economic value gain cultural importance?As a member o the Crisis City Coalition, I will conduct research and share critiques amongst myclassmates in hopes o producing a unique and comprehensive outlook on this urban crisis. Collaboratingwith other students, and with other felds, this thesis will seek to engage the economic, social, andpolitical realities and potentials o transitioning urban ood systems through a particular site. My topic-driven research will begin by examining the global ood network and comparing it with the emergentsustainable local models. Additionally I intend to examine the various scales o architectural oodtypologies, ocusing on the history o the market as the ‘space o ood.
 
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Alambria Spring Frams
Earlville, NY, USA
Asmall local organic csa thatdelivers vegtables weekly to myhouse in Syracuse.
Newman’s Own INC
Westport, CT, USA
Alargely organic food companyfounded by the late Paul Newman.The source of the ingredients of thetomatoe sauce is unknown.
Cabot Creamery Coop.
Cabot, VT, USA
A1,200 farm family dairycooperative with members in NewEngland and upstate New York.
Products of Italy
Modena, Lucca, and Puglia, Italy 
Purchased through Wegman’sFood Markets Inc these productswere processed in Italy andshipped through Port of Authorityof New York and New Jersey.Interestingly, the olive oil actuallyoriginates in Spain. Italy importsmany of its food resources onlyto process them and export themout as Italian Products.
Wegman’s of Dewitt
Dewitt, NY, USA
Syracuse Real Food Co-op
Syracuse, NY, USA
Wegman’s Food MarketsInc.
Rochester, NY, USA
Though processed and packegedat Wegman’s plant in Rochester,the source of the cannellini beansand the ingredients of the sausageare unknown.
Simply Organic
Norway, IA, USA
Primarily sells organicly sourcedseasonings and spicies. Althoughprocessed and packed in Norway,Iowa the actual source of theingredients is unknown.
Spice Islands: ACHFood Companies Inc
San Francisco, CA, USA
Processed and Packed inSan Francisco the actualsource of the fennel seedsare unknown.
Greenwood Pl House
Syracuse, NY, USA
Port Authority of New Yorkand New Jersey
Newark, NJ, USA
50 mi
Local
500 mi
Regional
Map by: Nathaniel Wooten on Sept. 15, 2010 for Syracuse University class: GEO 400: Food a Critical Geography
The World IsMy Dinner Plate
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