Urban Food for Future Cities

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The Urban Food exhibition at the Helsinki City Museum (15 May – 27 September 2020) provided insights into the future of urban food. It prompted visitors to contemplate whether cities could lead the way in establishing new, more sustainable food production methods.

The exhibition’s concept revolves around a dialogue where experts and professionals from diverse fields respond to inquiries posed by young individuals. Rather than presenting preconceived solutions, the exhibition gathers reflections, visions, solutions, and examples aimed at enabling the production of adequate food for all while lessening the burden on the environment.

The exhibition showcased innovative food production methods, including hydroponic (water) and aeroponic (air) farming solutions, along with the future of the food industry. It also provided recipes aimed at inspiring changes in personal consumption habits.

The exhibition will also spread outside the museum: satellite works provided people with an introduction to urban food in Malmi and Itäkeskus.

The exhibition concept was developed in an exhibition team consisting of the NGO Dodo and Helsinki City Museum staff led by producer Johanna Björkman.

Exhibition and satellite architecture: Daniel Bumann
Exhibition and satellite planning: Päivi Raivio
Graphic design: Ilkka Kärkkäinen

Photos of the exhibition: Helsinki City Museum
Photos of the satellites: Päivi Raivio