Public Kitchen (APA4211.04) (cancelled 12/1/2022)

Kenneth Bailey

The Public Kitchen is not just about designing an infrastructure; we’re designing an intervention that affords another way of being together. The Public Kitchen is part of larger ecologies of food and sociality. These ecologies already exist and are producing myriad social and environmental effects in our communities. How can introducing a Public Kitchen increase people’s awareness of the current ecologies? How might it shift the larger ecologies of food, environment, waste, and sociality? And how can a temporary Public Kitchen serve as both an intervention into these ecologies and a form of propositional politics that enables community members to propose new solutions to their municipalities and electeds?

Together we will develop a deep grounding in the design principles of Public Kitchen (see above), as well as design frameworks like Ideas, Arrangements, Effects. The training will include opportunities for participants to explore Public Kitchen within the context of the larger Bennington community, and their own practices, interests, and roles.

In the spring, we will hold additional design sessions culminating in a Public Kitchen Bennington Event in May.

Course dates: 

Friday, December 2, 2:00PM-5:00PM

Saturday, December 3, 10:00AM-2:00PM

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Please email with information about your interest in Public Kitchens, any relevant coursework or community engagement work, and relevance to your Plan.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 1
TBA (4th module block)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: One time only

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