The Common Table

The Common Table


At the table, we share and build culture through the flavors, textures and techniques of food and the ideas and stories told and heard through the time of the meal. Recent trends throughout North America have reflected a growing desire to foster spaces of cultural exchange through the emergence of markets and community meals. Beyond individually organized meals or market stalls, The Common Table produces a site of confluence for the senses and catalyzes urban exchange centered on the production, distribution, education, cooking and eating of food. The table fluctuates between the global scale of markets and exchange and the intimate scales of interaction and sobremesa. In urban terms, The Common Table fosters the economic and agricultural networks that possess the potential to redefine a new agenda for the 21st century and provide a strong urban figure for the daily exchanges that define vibrant cities.

The research culminated in an exhibition at the Broad Museum in East Lansing celebrating the various participant’s work re-envisioning “Collegeville” in 2030.

Project Details

Principals in Charge | Craig Borum, FAIA, Jen Maigret, AIA
Collaborator | María Arquero de Alarcón (MAde Studio), David Bieri (Political Space Economy Lab)
Design Team | John Guinn, Shuqi He, Caileigh MacKellar, Anna Schaefferkoetter, Andrew Wolking
Client | Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University
Exhibition | Collegeville Re-Envisioned 2030, 2014