/ “FAIRE PARIS” INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
/ ON GOING RESEARCH
/ CONSULTANTS : DATAGIF, SOUS-LES-FRAISES
In our collective imagination, the kitchen is a refuge, a space of conviviality and life. This makes the extreme reduction in Parisian apartment sizes and the resulting decline of kitchen space, not inconsequential. The kitchen has been diminished to an “existence minimum,” a container for monotonous domestic labour.
This is what led us to develop COOKI, an urban cooperative kitchen composed of two spaces: a shared kitchen and a greenhouse ideal for an urban vegetable garden. COOKI is a simple collective tool that can be easily prefabricated and installed in different public spaces across the Greater Parisian Region.
COOKI is a place for celebrating the act of living together.
Community members (a group of people living or working in the same building, street or neighbourhood) can rent the kitchen for everyday cooking or specific events. In the same way, a larger community (a group of people living or working in the same building, street or neighbourhood) can rent the co-kitchen.
COOKI is a place to share, learn, and play together.
The kitchen and garden can be rented for training (i.e. cooking classes or pastry workshops) but it is also the perfect place for meet-ups and round tables on how to better prepare food. COOKI welcomes the initiatives that can raise citizens' awareness about health, economic, social and environmental issues concerning food consumption.
COOKI is a place to develop solidarity, social inclusion and civic ethics.
The co-kitchen is a stage where to discuss new solutions to social inequalities and, above all, a space to develop initiatives for and with the most vulnerable populations.
COOKI is a place to foster the feeling of community belonging.
The co-kitchen pavilion can be used by elderly, retired, or disabled community members as well as caretakers and others, who are often confined to their homes. COOKI offers them a space to build community by learning and creating together.