Expanding the role of design: developing holistic food systems
Post World War II, technological and political factors prioritized economic efficiency in food production, distribution and access. Although this currently delivers benefits such as the doubling of caloric production and food availability despite geographic constraints, the food system is becoming implicated both directly and indirectly with a host of environmental and social issues.
This thesis re-frames food system issues as "wicked problems" (Buchanan, 1992, 15) and develops a framework of design tactics . The framework is used as a matrix for analyzing past and current theory and practice based design approaches that engage the food system and two university food systems. The analysis reveals the practical potential in design tactics for creating incremental shifts towards holistic food systems that are economically viable and have environmental and social components, thereby addressing contemporary food system issues.