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Social Practice Kitchen

Research Open House 2021

Wooden mobile kitchen cart on casters with a tall pegboard and a small oven is parked in front of glass double-doors leading to a courtyard. On the surface of the kitchen are some boxes of tea, a kettle, mugs, and a basket of wrapped baked goods. A vinyl sign on the glass reads,
Amanda Huynh
Kai Wen Chuang, BID ‘20
School of Design, Industrial Design
Seed Grant 2019-2020

The Social Practice Kitchen was built during the Fall semester of 2020, after the campus re-opened for hybrid learning. Since its completion, it has been utilized by different studio courses, events, and research projects. These include: biomaterial experimentation, 3D printed pasta explorations, candy casting workshops, and BYOM(ug) events where the Kitchen welcomed all in-person School of Design community members on a number of mornings with baked goods and a selection of tea. In mid-April 2021, Social Practice Kitchen will be a part of the Foundations Expanded project, activating public sites on Myrtle Avenue.

Five graduate students in masks surrounded a mobile kitchen cart, taking photos with their phones of a pile of pasta that has just been cooked on the stovetop.
Students in ID Tech II studio cook explore cooked pasta shapes for a project on 3D printed pasta.

There has been a lot of excitement around the Kitchen, and we look forward to continuing to see it in use as a permanent resource in the School of Design.

Wooden mobile kitchen cart on casters with a tall pegboard and a small oven is parked in front of glass double-doors leading to a courtyard. On the surface of the kitchen are some boxes of tea, a kettle, mugs, and a basket of wrapped baked goods. A vinyl sign on the glass reads, "SCHOOL OF DESIGN" with directional signage for Steuben Hall and Pratt Studios.
The kitchen cart ready for the BYOM(ug) events