Eat, Cook, Grow: Mixing Human-Computer Interactions with Human-Food Interactions

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Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Marcus Foth, Greg Hearn
MIT Press, Mar 27, 2014 - COOKING - 303 pages
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Tools, interfaces, methods, and practices that can help bring about a healthy, socially inclusive, and sustainable food future.

Our contemporary concerns about food range from food security to agricultural sustainability to getting dinner on the table for family and friends. This book investigates food issues as they intersect with participatory Internet culture—blogs, wikis, online photo- and video-sharing platforms, and social networks—in efforts to bring about a healthy, socially inclusive, and sustainable food future. Focusing on our urban environments provisioned with digital and network capacities, and drawing on such “bottom-up” sociotechnical trends as DIY and open source, the chapters describe engagements with food and technology that engender (re-)creative interactions.

In the first section, “Eat,” contributors discuss technology-aided approaches to sustainable dining, including digital communication between farmers and urban consumers and a “telematic” dinner party at which guests are present electronically. The chapters in “Cook” describe, among other things, “smart” chopping boards that encourage mindful eating and a website that supports urban wild fruit foraging. Finally, “Grow” connects human-computer interaction with achieving a secure, safe, and ethical food supply, offering chapters on the use of interactive technologies in urban agriculture, efforts to trace the provenance of food with a “Fair Tracing” tool, and other projects.

Contributors
Joon Sang Baek, Pollie Barden, Eric P. S. Baumer, Eli Blevis, Nick Bryan-Kinns, Robert Comber, Jean Duruz, Katharina Frosch, Anne Galloway, Geri Gay, Jordan Geiger, Gijs Geleijnse, Nina Gros, Penny Hagen, Megan Halpern, Greg Hearn, Tad Hirsch, Jettie Hoonhout, Denise Kera, Vera Khovanskaya, Ann Light, Bernt Meerbeek, William Odom, Kenton O'Hara, Charles Spence, Mirjam Struppek, Esther Toet, Marc Tuters, Katharine S. Willis, David L. Wright, Grant Young

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
EAT
9
Strategy and Tools to Codesign a Local Foodshed
13
Vegetarians and Vegans at Addis Ababa Café
33
3 What Are We Going to Eat Today? Food Recommendations Made Easy and Healthy
51
Exploring Social Presence and Connectedness at the Telematic Dinner Party
65
5 Civic Intelligence and the Making of Sustainable Food Cultures
81
COOK
95
GROW
171
Understanding Opportunities for Designing Interactive Technologies to Support Urban Food Production
177
11 Augmented Agriculture Algorithms Aerospace and Alimentary Architectures
195
Tracing Food through UserGenerated Production Information
213
A New Approach to HCI and Urban Agriculture
227
Metabolic Interaction from Farm to Fork to Phenotype
243
Three Provocations to Challenge HCI Interventions
265
Bringing Technology to the Dining Table
279

6 Supporting Mindful Eating with the InBalance Chopping Board
99
Learning from the FlavourCrusader Project
117
Using Cultural Probes to Inform Design for Sustainable Food Practices at a Farmers Market
135
Place Embeddedness and Local Food
153
List of Recipes
293
Index
295
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Jaz Hee-jeong Choi is Deputy Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab and ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (Industry) at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Marcus Foth is Founder and Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the School of Design at Queensland University of Technology, and coeditor of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen (MIT Press). Greg Hearn is Professor and Director of Commercial Programs in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.

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