What is it about?

This paper focuses on the social aspects of food consumption in the public realm and how built environment design should include places for conviviality. Current urban planning may fulfil human needs, but in some cases, individuals have unpleasant experiences while meeting these needs. A review of existing literature indicates that studies of conviviality during food consumption has focused on design qualities. To investigate the Egyptian experiences in food consumption, the current study employed qualitative and quantitative approaches through four streams of data collection: observations, interviews, opinionnaire and permeability analysis of catchment areas. The results provide design implications for conviviality of food practices to discover the multilateral dimensions of design that can make social interactions part of a satisfying experience.

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Why is it important?

This research concludes that for conviviality attached to food consumption, it is essential to focus on replicable aspects like supporting activities, social settings, and the design based on intent.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has multidisciplinary approaches from various disciplines with which make the work has had long-standing collaborations. This article also leads to rare disease groups contacting me and ultimately to greater involvement in rare urban design research.

Professor Abeer Elshater
Ain Shams University

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This page is a summary of: Food consumption in the everyday life of liveable cities: design implications for conviviality, Journal of Urbanism International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, September 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/17549175.2019.1666026.
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