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Restaurant Day – A food carnival when anyone can open a restaurant for a day

I am starting to get used to find out about great things and events just when they are done. I am trying to get better on this, and sometimes I realize just in time that I am about to lose one of those “you shouldn´t lose events”, like Mobilising Communities.

Unfortunately it was not the case with Restaurant Day, which happened this last saturday, 19th May. The next time it wont be missed and I will be holding one pop-up restaurant as well (I hope)!

“What’s it about?

Restaurant Day is a one-day carnival in favor of restaurant and food culture.

On Restaurant Day anyone can set up a restaurant, café or a bar for a day. It can be anywhere: at your home, at the office, on a street corner, in your garden or inner courtyard, at a park, or on the beach – only your imagination is the limit.

The quirkier the concept of your restaurant is, the better it attracts people. However oddities aren’t necessary. Good food and drinks at a nice place are enough – the most important is to create a restaurant that you’d like to visit yourself. After all, the idea of Restaurant Day is to have fun, share different restaurant experiences with other people and enjoy the our living environment together”.

There were two “restaurants” in Berlin, and I guess, if I could go back in time I would HAVE to go to both of them. One was “le vega”, which was an atelier space turned into a temporary restaurant, and at the other one, “Blick Burger“,  you could have a Burger (with meat or vegetarian) on a roof balcony!

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idee/inspiration für das “Ergebnis”


” Charlie Burns is 95 years old. He can be seen sitting in his car on Bacon Street watching the world go by pretty much every day. He has been here since 1915 and has never left. their business is very much a family run business and is still here today, run by his daughter Carol. He is a very well known and respected man in the area, having spent time with the likes of the Kray twins, Libererace… …and Judy Garland during his time as president of The Repton Boxing Club, aswell as running The Bethnal Green Mens Club. He even had a private audience with the Pope due to all the charity work he done in the area”.


via Unurth

“The people who design the streets in Hong Kong ignore the need for seating areas, so people in the neighborhood put some furniture they don’t need to good use”

Everything is designed according to a standard formula that doesn’t take into account the unique qualities of a given area. But in traditional urban fabric, “the configuration of space was developed gradually by people through time,” she says. “It allows [people in] the neighbourhood to express the way they want the space to be.”

One thing the pair noticed when studying abandoned furniture was the type of person who uses it: old. With the notable exception of teenagers, says Chan, young people just don’t engage with the city in the same way. “Maybe they like staying at home because they pay all their salary towards it,” she says. “I’m like an old guy — I like to take a newspaper or some food and enjoy the wind and air.”

via CNNGo

“What you’ll notice about a lot of these informal spaces is that they’re made by the elderly,” says John Batten, an urban design critic who moved to Hong Kong from Melbourne in the early 1990s. “When you get older you have less to lose, so they assert themselves in very interesting ways. They’re looking for space to do what they want.”