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Urban Kitchen for Micro-Communities

The project introduces the idea of a communal kitchen situated in Chinatown, where one of the largest immigrant communities has been battling gentrification and other political and cultural issues. Urban development has always been an ongoing process that shifts social structure and reconfigures neighborhood context, in which buildings are demolished, businesses are flushed out, and residents are forced to relocate. Within these neighborhoods, micro-communities began to form as a result of shared culture, background, or experiences. The project proposal is to provide an urban common space that serves as a medium between the city and the people, a place where they can call a second home. The design intervention identifies food preparation as the commonality that draws people together and instigates social interactions in context to the neighborhood, along with supporting programs that adapt to the additional needs of the residents.