Design at Riverside
7 Melville Street S, Cambridge, ON
Carrot City Canada explores how design can enable the production of food in Canadian cities. By examining the connection between urbanism, design, and food, the exhibit demonstrates how design can be used to bring healthy food systems closer to home, showcasing design work that challenges the urban-rural and form-function dichotomies. While the Carrot City initiative looks at design work from many countries and the exhibit has traveled to over a dozen countries in several continents since its inception in 2009, this exhibit focuses entirely on innovative projects conceived and realized across Canada.
Curated by Joe Nasr, June Komisar, Mark Gorgolewski, Leila Farah + Vera Straka
Nastassia Pratt, Designer
The Carrot City Initiative examines how design at all scales can enable the production of food in the city. It explores the relationship of design and urban food systems as well as the impact that agricultural issues have on the creation of urban spaces and buildings as society addresses the issues of a more sustainable pattern of living. The focus is on how the increasing interest in growing food within the city, supplying food locally, and food security in general, is changing urban design and built form. Carrot City showcases projects from around the world. The exhibit contains a range of projects, some recently completed or in progress, and others intended as visionary, speculative design proposals. The featured projects are the work of professional designers, students and people from all walks of life.
The traveling exhibit was first mounted from February to April 2009 at the Design Exchange in Toronto. It has since been shown in New York City, Providence, RI and Hartford, CT in the US. In Canada, it has been exhibited at a number of venues in Toronto and in Montréal, QC. Carrot City was shown for the first time outside North America when it traveled to Casablanca and Rabat, Morocco, in the Spring of 2011. It is currently touring a number of venues in Germany and further exhibits in Europe are in the works (follow us on Facebook or Twitter to stay informed on upcoming exhibits). Carrot City exhibits have been translated into a number of languages including French and Arabic as it has traveled around the world. See the News page for information about current exhibits and the Archive for information about past exhibits and other events.
A major website (www.carrotcity.org) containing the materials from the exhibit and other relevant content has been set up. New information boards are continuously being produced and uploaded and a research index is in the works. A book based on this initiative was published in September of 2011 by Monacelli Press and is available at booksellers everywhere.