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Sitopia: How food can save the world

Date/Time: 13 November 2019, 17:30 - 19:00

Venue: King Edward V11 Building Lecture Theatre 2.01 Newcastle University (Fine Art LT)

Food shapes our lives in more ways than we realise. Our minds, bodies, habits, homes, cities, landscapes, economics and politics have all been shaped by it. We live in a sitopia (from Greek sitos, food + topos, place), yet our failure to recognise this has created a way of life that threatens us and our planet. Climate change, deforestation, soil erosion, water depletion, pollution, mass extinction and diet-related disease are just some of the side-effects of our failure to value food. Yet, by valuing food once again, we can reverse these ills and learn how to live well on our crowded, overheating planet.

Carolyn Steel is a leading thinker on food and cities. Her 2008 book Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives won international acclaim and her concept of ‘sitopia’ (food-place) is widely recognised among architects, urban designers, ecologists and food professionals. A director of Kilburn Nightingale Architects in London, Carolyn has lectured at Cambridge, London Metropolitan and Wageningen Universities and was the inaugural studio director of the LSE Cities Programme. In international demand as a speaker, Carolyn’s 2009 TED talk has received over one million views. Her next book, Sitopia, is due to be published by Chatto & Windus in March 2020.

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