Nicole Chen


Where has the passion in food gone? The focus of food has been on the obesity epidemic, as people demand fast, cheap, and easy foods. The symbol of food is no longer seen as a basic need for survival because of the abundance and options of goods. Being unaware of food and its' power to bring and express so many facets of life, has given me the chance to discover areas that could be redesigned. During these past few years learning about food has made me fully understand these processes as a symbiotic relationship. In today's society, what separates people from seeing the value of food is the lack of food knowledge and the connection to their food systems. The disjointed path from farmer to consumer has muted the awareness and ability to understand what happens as a whole. This thesis addresses the need for changes to happen on multiple levels: macro (buying), meso (making), and micro (individual) scales. The result is three different ways people can redesign the way they eat food. The first, a mobile food system promotes and distributes fresh local produce in Honolulu. Secondly, being able to teach children as well as share a process of making food. The third, having an understanding of what and how people eat. The goal is for people to rekindle their passion for food.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Food habits--United States--Psychological aspects; Food industry and trade--Health aspects; Cooking--Psychological aspects; Food containers--Design

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School of Design (CIAS)


Lobos, Alex

Advisor/Committee Member

Miran, Michael


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