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Volume :45 Issue : 175 2019      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Architecture of Food: A Study on the Impact of Food Malls in Kuwait.

Auther : Dr. Yousef A. Al-Haroun

      Food and architecture have not often been discussed together despite their intimate connections. They both produce creative pieces of art and share a technical side that relies on careful measurements and aesthetic proportions. Yet, for the most part, many contemporary researchers have overlooked them. This paper intends to better understand how food and architecture are related by examining Kuwait's rising food culture scene as a case study. Over the past decade, the phenomenon of the 'food mall' has emerged and grown rapidly around Kuwait City. The architecture in question caters only for restaurants, cafإ's, and anything related to food. Many of these buildings have risen among residential neighborhoods. In order to understand this trend and its implications for people and their built environment, this study employs questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. The findings show clear impact of globalization on Kuwait's food consumption patterns and the architectural landscape. Thus, the food malls are perceived as entertainment in a country with limited venues for recreation and have used interesting architectural concepts such as shipping containers, lakes, dancing fountains, and gardens to lure customers. As a result, the bond between food and architecture has led to unhealthy eating habitats and shifting lifestyles among Kuwaiti youth. This paper contends that a more sustainable and balanced approach to the outdoor food design and experience is necessary to elevate people towards a more sustainable and healthy quality of life.
 

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