1st Edition

Eating, Building, Dwelling About Food, Architecture and Cities

    242 Pages 63 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The intricate relationship between food, city, and architecture, spanning from ancient civilizations to the present, serves as a focal point for interdisciplinary discourse. This book delves into a diverse set of cases throughout history in which processes related to food significantly influenced architectural or urban designs.

    This book delineates three spatial levels — city, home, and intermediate spaces — illuminating their dynamic interplay within the construct of a continually evolving “food space”. Featuring twelve contributions from Mediterranean Europe, this publication explores historical legacies and contemporary challenges. Divided into urban-territorial and architectural scales, it offers nuanced insights into urban dynamics, domestic life, and gastronomic tourism. Supported by a prestigious introductory study, this research advances a comprehensive understanding of food's role in shaping urban environments.

    Through the texts of this book, those interested in cultural studies of food, urban history, and architecture will be able to reflect on our relationship with food and its processes, and how it affects the way we live and design our cities and their architectures.

    List of figures

    List of contributors


    Foreword: Eating, Building, Thinking

    Charles Waldheim


    David Arredondo Garrido, Juan Calatrava, Marta Sequeira.

    Section 1. Cities and Territories

    1. Swallowing as a Metaphor of the Metropolis: Food and its Spaces in the Émile Zola’s Paris. Juan Calatrava

    2. Housing, Spanish National Catholicism and the Agrarian Utopia


    Juan Manuel Barrios Rozúa

    3. The Big Lettuce: Mapping the Historical Foodscape of Lisbon

    Mariana Sanchez Salvador

    4. Food as Territory: Gathering, Production and Distribution of Food in the Typo-Morphological Research of Saverio Muratori

    João Cruz and Marta Sequeira

    5. The Lisbon Territory from an Agricultural Perspective: a Topographic Reading over the Centuries

    Flora del Debbio

    6. Bioregional Food Systems and the Structures of Long-Term Territorialisation Processes

    Alberto Matarán Ruiz, David Fanfani, Josefa Sánchez Contreras and Miguel Ángel Escalona Aguilar


    Section 2. Architecture and Domestic Space

    7. The Kitchen, a World Suspended Between Past and Future

    Anna Giannetti

    8. Motu et lumine. Technologies of Fire in the Renaissance Kitchen

    Eduardo Prieto González

    9. Digesting Design. Le Corbusier's Immeuble-Villas Food Strategy

    Juan-Andrés Rodríguez-Lora and Marta Sequeira

    10. The Modern Kitchen as a Social, Economic and Technological Tool: the Efficient Kitchen, the Integrated Kitchen and the Disappearing Kitchen

    David Arredondo Garrido

    11. “Each House Will Have a Kitchen Garden Attached”: Dwelling, Landscape Construction and Food Processes in the First Periphery of Granada (1900-1955)

    Marta Rodríguez Iturriaga

    12. Collective Architecture in the Early Second Half of the 20th Century and New Ways of Food Consumption

    Rafael de Lacour



    David Arredondo Garrido has a PhD in Architecture and master’s in Architecture and Historical Heritage from the University of Seville. He is Associate Professor in History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Granada and visiting researcher at the Technische Universität Berlin, University of Évora, Universität fur Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Università degli Studi in Florence, Universitá Roma Tre, and former professor at the University of Malaga. Garrido is Director of the academic journal SOBRE, Prácticas Editoriales en Arte y Arquitectura and coordinator of the Conferences Cultura y Ciudad. He has been awarded with the Resarch Award in the BEAU 2020, for his studies on the landscape architect Lebberecht Migge. He is the principal investigator of the Research Project “Food and the City” funded by the Goberment of Spain and the European Union.

    Juan Calatrava is a Full Professor in Architectural History at the ETS Arquitectura of the Universidad de Granada. He has a Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universidad de Alcalá. He is the author of more than two hundred publications about the history and theory of contemporary architecture (specially Le Corbusier) and about the relationships between architecture, painting, and literature. He was the curator of exhibitions in Madrid, Granada, Buenos Aires, Paris and Munich. He is a member of the scientific committees of 23 academic journals in various countries, member of the Board of Administration of the Fondation Le Corbusier (Paris) and in 2021 holder of the Chair of the Prado Museum. He is the President of the Asociación de Historiadores de la Arquitectura y el Urbanismo (AhAU).

    Marta Sequeira is an Architect, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and received her PhD from Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona. She is currently a professor at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa and at the ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa. She is a guest lecturer at the architecture schools of Barcelona, Granada, Valencia, Girona and Monterrey. She has curated several architecture exhibitions, such as Carrilho da Graça: Lisboa, Flashback/Carrilho da Graça, or Habitar Lisboa, among others. She received the Prix de la Recherche Patiente –awarded annually by Fondation Le Corbusier (Paris) – with the research presented in Towards a public space, published by Routledge.