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In 2004, Debra Solomon (US/NL) began publishing her independent research on on food, food culture, and the culture that grows our food. is an internationally recognized resource about food systems, sustainability, urban agriculture, food-related art/design, architecture, and urban planning.

Solomon’s recent work includes temporary 'concept' restaurants e.g. a sprout restaurant exclusively serving micro-greens based up on the notion that anyone, even those without land and light can contribute to feeding themselves.

Lucky Mi Fortune Cooking in Rotterdam is a snack lab and culinary embassy in Rotterdam using neighbourhood food flows, expertise, and facilities from the Afrikaanderbuurt. The snack lab produces 100% neighbourhood, in-situ snack innovation through collective entrepreneurship and resulting in actual dim sumptuous snacks.

Currently Solomon is working on a commission in Den Haag that is a radical vision for community involvement and urban agriculture. Aside from edible landscaping, her co-designs include open to the public kitchen playground facilities and infrastructure intended to bolster local food-related micro-economies.

For the NAi in 2007 Solomon co-curated the exhibition the Edible City about food and the built environment. She was the food domain expert of Newcastle's Design Biennial (Dott 07) and the Dott 07 Urban Farming project. As part of St. Etienne’s Int’l Bienale du Design 2008 City Eco Lab, Solomon was designer invitée, presented projects about urban food storage and optimised food-flow use and curated a portion of the international design exhibition with the most radical expressions of food and sustainability.


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