In 2009, Mexican artist and architect Raul Cardenas Osuna enlisted a motley crew of artists, researchers, designers and scientists to tackle a violence and crime epidemic with origins in the drug war that plagued Camino Verde, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Tijuana in Baja California. Known as Torolab, the group came up with a simple plan. They would use food and eating together as tools to rebuild their fractured community to make life better and safer. The idea led to creating a cookbook that has been central to their unique, highly experimental brand of activism and art-based urban intervention. And, it seems to be working.
Season One of The City Show will take listeners to Cape Town, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Beirut, Tijuana, and Lagos. The season is funded by Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG) with support from African Centre for Cities (ACC). Our production partner is The Radio Workshop. Season 1 is part of the CompleXities / DataRama project.