Dal focolare alla decrescita felice

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Abstract

How long does a banana take on its long journey before ending up in the displays of a supermarket or in a greengrocer’s counter before finally being eaten? According to some estimates, about 72 days from the moment of collection to arrival in the stores. In this long journey by ship from the production sites (India, Brazil, Ecuador and Indonesia), the banana changes its external color and its size, it is disinfected several times with pesticides, closed in refrigerated containers that maintain its freshness and consequently they slowly mature, until they arrive in the main European ports or in other nations and then be transferred by truck to the cities, to the wholesale markets and to those of distribution to the customer to finish, finally, on our table, beautiful, yellow, large and fragrant, in fact it tastes of pink: a diva eaten in seconds. This brief introduction with a clearly ironic ‘taste’ wants to be part of a wider reflection not so much on the aspects related to the quality of our food, but on everything that can concern historical, symbolic, architectural knowledge and not only related to the space that gravitates around food and which in the course of the evolution of civilizations has increasingly been the identity of one culture compared to another, has been transformed, enlarged, specialized and modernized. A space that we will define with the generic term of ‘hearth’. It all started about five million years ago, when fire changed man’s way of life, because thanks to fire he transformed food and reinvented the world, that is, he started civilizations. Fire is a symbol of a mysterious force to which many meanings are attributed: it is an archetype, how heat is able to change all elements ‘state’, how light has the power to illuminate everything that surrounds it.
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationARCHI_Cottura, Atelier per lo spazio domestico. Fra cibo, achitettura e design
Pages41-57
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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De Giovanni, G. (2020). Dal focolare alla decrescita felice. In ARCHI_Cottura, Atelier per lo spazio domestico. Fra cibo, achitettura e design (pp. 41-57)