Urban Studies + Design

As an extension of my dissertation research, my project proposal for the 2015-2016 National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fulbright, awarded semi-finalist, focuses on the relationship between space and power. The project, titled “Grass/Roots,” compares and maps spatial and environmental power by analyzing how people occupy, reclaim, and create public green spaces in South Africa, New Zealand,Continue reading “Urban Studies + Design”

The Italian Food University

My second stop after visiting my faculty advisor, Professor Simone Cinotto, in Torino, was visiting the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy.  As you can see from the photo, there’s just about nothing in Pollenzo except for this gorgeous castle-turned school/hotel, a scattering of homes and businesses to the right, and miles and milesContinue reading “The Italian Food University”

The USA Pavilion – Happy 4th!

In honor of American Independence Day, I wanted to give you some details about the US Pavilion at the Milan Expo!  In contrast to the USA pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 (I’ll give you a better comparative study another day), this pavilion not only has corporate sponsors but also government funds whichContinue reading “The USA Pavilion – Happy 4th!”

Expo 2015 – Milan, Italy

Welcome to the Expo!  This blog will trace my path through Italy as part of my Global Synergy research grant through Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts, that enabled me to study the relationship between transnational American food and design.  To begin, I want to give you some brief details about the expo.  The Expo,Continue reading “Expo 2015 – Milan, Italy”