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Junk Food

Miguel Luengo Angulo

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The construction of a shelter and to eat are part of the reduced group of basic needs, those that we cannot do without but that willingly accept improvements that oscillate between the cultural, the social, the aesthetic or the political. The result of these updates will give rise to architecture and gastronomy respectively.

One of the most fascinating tandems between gastronomy and architecture, due to its literalness and immediacy, was provided by the radical group Street Farmer with the Eco-House designed and built by Grahame Caine in London in 1972. The house, understood as an active laboratory during the more than two years it lived, materialized the anarcho-ecological ideas of a group of architects who trusted in the reformist and emancipatory capacity of an architecture detached from the dominant technophile circles at the time in the Architectural Association. 

 

La construcción del refugio y comer forman parte del reducido grupo de necesidades básicas, aquellas de las que no podemos prescindir pero que aceptan con gusto mejoras que oscilan entre lo cultural, lo social, lo estético o lo político. El resultado de estas actualizaciones dará lugar a la arquitectura y la gastronomía respectivamente.
Uno de los tándems más fascinantes entre gastronomía y arquitectura, por su literalidad e inmediatez, lo aportó el grupo radical Street Farmer con la Eco-House diseñada y construida por Grahame Caine en Londres en 1972. La casa, entendida como un laboratorio activo durante los más de dos años que "vivió", materializó en la Architectural Association las ideas anarcoecológicas de un grupo de arquitectos que confiaron en la capacidad reformista y emancipadora de una arquitectura desligada de los círculos tecnófilos dominantes del momento.


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