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Nutrition Access in Pittsburgh

Baskinger, Ana, Dang, Michelle, Lesser, Hannah and Zo, Christy (2021) Nutrition Access in Pittsburgh. In: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD10) 2021 Symposium, 2-6 Nov 2021, Delft, The Netherlands.

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Nutrition Access in Pittsburgh is a gigamap that nests the issue of food insecurity in Pittsburgh, which affects various communities’ health, economy, and environment within larger scalar levels to visualize and understand the interconnectivity of this wicked problem. We used the process of mess mapping, STEEP (Social, Technological, Economical, Environmental, and Political analytical lenses), and Donella Meadows’ leverage points to uncover the deep levels of poverty, racism, globalization, and lobbying that are rooted in the issue of nutrition access. The use of mess mapping and STEEP helped us organize nodes of information, identify feedback loops within and across the various scalar levels, and categorize recurring patterns. We propose leverage points on every scale to intervene in education, food access programs, agricultural practices, government interventions, and the global food system to alleviate the issue and hypothesize preferable futures.

Reading nutrition access
Our map is divided into five levels: individual, city (Pittsburgh), state (Pennsylvania), national (United States), and global. As you read further down the grocery cart, the more complex the issue becomes, bound to a larger scale. Each point of intervention describes the problem, proposes a solution from a designer’s perspective, barriers, and an expected timeline. Additionally, we have provided statistical information to contextualize the issue.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Other)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2022 19:24
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 19:30
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3897

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