Nutri-meter “La Delicia”

Project by: Brian Chen & Diana Giraldo.

What happens when new technologies immerse into the normal course of life? How could 3D-food printing be inserted into the microeconomy-driven everyday of a South American country?
For this project, we were inspired by the creative uses of technologies that we see are taking place in emerging economies. There, people create new businesses based on owning a machine that many others can’t afford. For example, in Colombia there is the business concept of “lavadoras a domicilio” where a person who owns a washing machine puts it on a cart and takes it from household to household to rent it out for some washing cycles.

How would a 3D-food printer be apated into that world?
Our proposition is that in emerging economies, people will immerse these new forms of food and “cooking” into what they have done for centuries: invading public space, assembling a very rough machine and offering street food.

How would synthetic 3D-printed food in South America look like?
We imagine this food to resemble the beans and grains of traditional South American cuisine, with their colours indicating their nutritional values. For our food stall, we believe that this basic pilled food would be turned into traditional-looking food which once was made with organic components. What “La Delicia” is selling is a mix between old and new ways of food presentation.

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