Saturday, February 28, 2009

taste test

Steven is at UC Davis participating in a conference called "Tasting Histories".  What is an architect doing at a conference about food?  (I think Steven may have been asking himself that question yesterday, but today things are going really well.)  He's presenting a paper about postwar food and post war architecture, McDonald's and McMansions, the loss of regionally specificity and traditions of craft in food and in architecture and ways those things may be coming back or could.  

At least that's what I think he's talking about, I haven't had a chance to read his paper.
the conference is all weekend and his talk is this afternoon so if you're near Davis, head on over.  Schedule here


Steven said...

Wow! I wish I had that photo for my presentation.

The conference was diverse. There were people presenting obscure topics such as: early American colonial diets, apparently very very salty ham, people looking at racial depictions in advertisements related to food, aboriginal harvested super foods that are being patented (non of the proceeds going to aboriginal people!), translations of the first French gastronomic treaties, Chinese herbal medicine's pillification (great word eh?), teaching world history by following the origins of different cuisines, the origins of refrigeration, many more and oh ya my topic how as Abigail says: how the Home Depot-ification of the world is a result of the modern idealization of both industrial manufacturing methods and artificial food production methods.

Well I do not know if that make much sense. I guess I could post my paper on my blog which has no postings yet (mmm... lame.)

abigail said...

"as Abigail says"? I said that?