Networked Urbanism

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Design critics: Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo, principals of Ecosistema Urbano

Our group’s  subject was  “hunger” and the matter of food in Portland. We started doing a research about what are the factors influencing “lack of food” in households. Our initial findings is converted into a video (FOODABILITY).

After this initial attempt, I got interested in the origins of this dilemma, and started to search for the main reasons behind why people reach to the point that they need food assistance.

According to national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America’s Second Harvest), the nation’s largest organization of emergency food providers: 33.7 % of clients, had to choose between paying for the food or the gas. An this ratio is quite similar in Portland, according to Oregon Food Bank.

The budget that people are spending on gas, is not the only misallocation of resources. There is lots of hidden aspects of car-reliance culture that contribute to shortage of basic needs including food.

My goal is to highlight this misallocation. By converting the Vehicle Miles Traveled statistic, into tangible numbers and  consequences. This tangible consequences may need further research and lots of them are still in debate. I am going to propose a device which could be implemented and hopefully mandatory  in every vehicle. This device is a monitor translating mileage into consequences like hunger, death, etc. It is to be called : “KILLometer”

Case studies on transportation patterns

Case studies on transportation patterns


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