As part of the FCL lunch talk series, we are happy to announce the presentation of Charlotte Malterre-Barthes. Charlotte Malterre-Barthes is member of Module VI: Territorial Organization at the Future Cities Laboratory where she is working towards a doctoral degree on Food and Territories.The title of her talk was ‘Food Territories. On food and their relation to urban and rural transformation’.
Correlations between food systems and territorial organization. Case study Egypt.
The research investigates the relations between food systems and the built environment through the prism of political economy, focusing on the case of Egypt. It aims at identifying the physical outcomes that food production, food subsidies, and food security have on architecture, urban form and the constitution of territory, while in turn addressing the effects of urban development on agricultural practices and land use.
The research will examine developments in Egypt within the last few decades at multiple scales, from state-run bakeries in central Cairo at the neighborhood scale, to informal urbanization processes on agricultural land at the scale of urban districts, and large-scale public infrastructure projects such as the Toshka project in Upper Egypt.
The talk will focus on the preliminary research that led to the development of the topic, while addressing several possible directions of further investigations.