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Food and Buildings: Kulapat Yantrasast

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Kulapat Yantrasast things cooking and architecture have things in common, including attention to ingredients.

Yesterday evening I attended a lecture by Kulapat Yantrasast, cofounder and executive director of the wHY architecture and design studio. For the most part, he was talking through recent projects, but he spent some time at the beginning of the talk discussing his background and his interest in food. He's originally from Thailand, which he noted is sandwiched (sort of like sitting in the middle seat in coach) between India and China. If you sit in the middle, he said, you learn to get along, with the result in Thailand's case that the food is about mixing ingredients, mixing influences.

The Nomadic View of Place

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While the pasturing is good, you stay in one place.

A key value of travel is, in essence, shopping around for better spaces and patterns in which to live. When you live somewhere for many years, there's a value in that, to be sure. There's a groundedness. But you internalize and forget the shapes of the spaces through which you move on a daily basis. I don't notice the shape of the street where I live, the trees that frame it, the setback of the houses from the sidewalk.

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