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EVENT SPACE AS NEUTRAL CONTAINER: IMPLEMENTING RELATIONAL DESIGN TO ENCOURAGE EXCHANGE BETWEEN GASTRONOMY, ART AND CULTURE Open Access

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Creative, interdisciplinary exchange remains a largely unexploredfrontier in the culinary world. Furthermore, no venue currently exists inWashington, DC that allows chefs and creatives to collaborate with eachother. The city's newly dynamic dining scene and artistic community isfertile ground for dialogue between art, design, gastronomy and culture.The opportunity at hand is to build a unique platform for innovators fromacross these disciplines to coproduce new sensorial and relationalexperiences.The proposed design offers a flexible environment for chefs, artists andepicures to incubate ideas, produce episodic dining experiences andnew articulations of food and art. By implementing a moveable wallsystem, the space can be arranged into endless configurations. Includedin the project is a suite of mobile furniture that easily adapts to an array ofprogrammatic needs. FabLab equipment, digital media technology andversatile lighting can be manipulated to shape sensorial effects andcreate a customized environment. The space reflects a neutral paletteand a minimalist design aesthetic so that users view the environment as ablank canvas. This entrepreneurial and culinary laboratory not onlysupports projects that stretch the bounds of food and aesthetics, butengage the public as well.

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