Street food as a place tool

Mobile food, food trucks, street food - call them what you will, the vendors serving up fast, unique foods from temporary premises around the world are a huge part of the sticky recipe keeping cities together.

That seems like a gross exaggeration, probably – but it’s not really far from reality. Food is the base of social interaction across cultural, geographical and societal boundaries worldwide. When families and friends come together, it is typically around a table, at a leaner or on a mat to share a meal or drink.

The power and potential of mobile food enabling people to interact in their cities is obvious: when the rules, regiment and societal expectation of formal dining arrangements is removed or amended, a new ability to connect is opened up.

Any space can become a pop-up dining opportunity. Car parks, streets, and other public areas typically reserved for vehicles, industry or non-human equipment can become places for people – to relax, interact and reclaim.

Food (and drink) is a conduit for social activity.

Food Space exists to create opportunities for spaces to become places, by adding vibrant and unique food operators and giving the vendors a chance to build their businesses. Street Food creates a chance for the public to deal directly with the people behind the grills of some of their favourite outlets.