Recup’Kitchen creates a place to meet in public space and hosts debates by bringing people together around food. The structure is functioning as a means to expand facilities (like energy and water) for the temporary use on the Josaphat site in Brussels.
In contrast with the more traditional design process, this collective design journey took a very unstructured course. If the conventionally structured design strategy, with a solid direction and clear time frame, can be compared to a walk along an outlined path, the Recup’Kitchen design process can be described as a process of ‘wandering’. The design of Recup’Kitchen is continuously being questioned and rethought in order to respond to the changing and varying needs.
In this article, Hanne Van Reusel claims that the wandering approach can reinforce infrastructuring. The findings in the design process of Recup’Kitchen suggest the design expert to a ‘let go’ of the design process, so she states.
You'll find the paper here.
The paper was published in the Strategic Design Research Journal, volume 9, number 2, May-August 2016.