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Carolyn Steel

MA (Hons) Cantab Dip Arch RIBA

Carolyn Steel is a leading thinker on food and cities and has worked with the practice since 1989. Her book Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives describes how food is key to the 'urban paradox' at the core of civilization, and her concept sitopia (foodplace) is gaining widespread recognition as a tool with which to address the dilemmas of 21st century dwelling. Carolyn is a visiting lecturer at Cambridge and Wageningen Universities, and has taught for a number of years at Cambridge and London Metropolitan Universities and the London School of Economics.

Carolyn writes regularly on food, architecture and urban design, has presented on BBC TV and was a columnist for Building Design. She is in demand worldwide as a public speaker, with recent appearances at TEDGlobal, The World Planning Day International Conference, The Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency, The National Building Museum (Washington DC), The U.S. Green Building Council (NYC), Princeton University (NY), Domus Academy (Milan), and the Melbourne Design Festival.

A Rome Scholar in 1995-6, Carolyn won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction for Hungry City, which was also chosen as a BBC Food Programme book of the year. In 2009, The Ecologist magazine profiled her as a '21st Century Visionary'.