1 Department of Civil Engineering, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN2 Division of Food + Design, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN3 Center for Food Science, Design and Experience, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN4 The Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, VBN
The CARROT PAVILION In order to research on the possibility, if physical architecture affects the children’s eating habits and food preferences, an interdisciplinary team built a 10 x 10 meter carrot pavilion with “walls” and “ceiling” of 5000 carrots hanging in invisible threads was created, making an architecturally defined space allowing various experiences. The aim was to influence the children to interact with the surroundings, the feedstock. The Carrot activites In order to influence the children to create a positive and strong relationship to the carrot, there were created several activities based on sensory and playfulness, as results show, that sensory education has positive effect on children’s food preferences (Reverdy et al, 2010) and positive reinforcement retrains the brain to learn new patterns of behaviour (Koster, 2004). The activities were situated within the carrot pavilion. The RESULTS The results were positive, underpinning the thesis: integrating feedstock in context and activities can affect children’s eating habits and food preferences. The results will be further used as design parameters in an interdisciplinary research project, FRIDA, involving three different disciplines focusing on design, food and children. The aim of FRIDA is to turn lunch-arrangements in Danish kindergartens from passive to active.