How Food Shapes Our Cities

British architect Carolyn Stell is fascinated by food.  Her passion led her to explore the relationships between cities and their food in a study titled Hungry City:  How Food Shapes Our Lives.  In it, Stell traces how ancient food routes have shaped our world and particularly our cities.  These connections can be found in the name of streets in cities such as London, Rome or Paris.

While in the pre-industrial era city dwellers were acutely aware of how food made its way into their communities, we now have lost this sense of how our cities are fed.  As a result, we have obscured one of the most critical question of our times.  In the following Ted talk given in July 2009, Stell invites us to re-think our relationship with food.