High / Low Dining

Summer 2016

Date

Summer 2016

Instructors

Rob Ball, Michael Sans

About

Berlin continues to be the city of change and experimentation. As a place that is destined as “forever becoming and never to being,” it’s truly a global test lab for new ideas.

For ArtCenter students, it was their home (and dining table) for 3 months in the summer 2016 to test their own concepts about dining and hospitality. The studio, High / Low Dining Berlin challenged students to investigate the wide range of eclectic dining experiences in this transitioning city, to then create their own future forecast of where dining is headed.

From sophisticated fusion cuisine that blends music, art and food - to the latest entries in street food stall frenzy - to new takes on the intimate vegetarian dining table of the local neighborhood cafe, Berlin never ceases to transform and adapt to influences from around the world.

ArtCenter students dove into a few intense weeks of research, immersing themselves in Berlin’s social and food culture while learning to navigate the city as a native. They documented by keeping food diaries and engaged Berliner foodies to give insight for opportunities that tap into Berlin’s changing food landscape. Influenced by field trips to some of the cutting edge restaurants and cafes (from Nobelhart & Schmutzig to Jebel Berlin) they pushed the dining boundaries for Berliner’s culinary appetite for exceptional food and experience.

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