Future Food Lab

Saba Ghole

Welcome to NuVu’s Future Food Lab. This is where food, design, technology, and traditional methods come together to solve the world’s biggest food and health-related challenges.

By 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.8 billion. In order to sustain this increased population and deter detrimental impact on our planet's ability to feed this population, we need to change the way we eat and the way we produce food today. The huge changes needed can begin at the top with large-scale government-directed interventions, but they will also need to be fed from the bottom, starting at the scale of the individual. In this studio, we’ll look at the latest innovations and trends in the food economy, and design future food inventions and products that can be used at the individual scale to transform our food culture.

What kind of products and experiences can we create to adapt our food habits at the personal scale? How can we design food products that improve our health while also minimizing our impact on the environment? As part of the studio, we’ll meet some of the leading innovative food companies and restaurants in Boston, and see how they are using food customization, 3D food printing, indoor farming, edible and biodegradable packaging, food computers, and real-time biometrics as ways to tailor an individual food experience. We’ll also look at upcycling of food and agriculture waste into products for food production. Using the combined power of digital design (computer aided drafting, 3D modeling) and rapid prototyping tools (laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC milling), students will prototype future food products for the Market of the Future. Bring your appetite, and get ready to enter the high-tech food world!


Focus Skills/Subjects/Technologies:


   Industrial Design

   Physics (Electricity, Magnetism)




   Digital Fabrication (Laser-cutting, 3d Printing)

   3d Modeling


  • Enrolling students must be between the ages of 14 to 18 (or grades 9-12)


Presentation Instructions

Andrew Todd Marcus and David Wang

You will be creating your presentation on the NuVu Platform.

Things to do/think about:

  • Your presentation should be located in the Portfolio tab of your project.
  • There should be (1) post titled Process with all of the slides.
  • If needed, you can have (1) post of a video of your project in action.
  • All slides should have a title. You can add titles when editing the post
  • With the exception of the Title slide NO TEXT SHOULD APPEAR ON YOUR SLIDES.
  • Only (1) image per slide. NO GOOGLE DOCS!!!
  • Be sure to add your team members as collaborators and make the (2) posts Public.
  • Only one team member can edit a post at a time!
  • Presentations should be no longer than 3 minutes. PRACTICE!

1st Post : Presentation (The name of the post should be the name of your project)

Absolutely no more than 8 Slides!

1 Intention Slide. For build projects, describe the Problem and Solution. For conceptual projects this can be expressed as Intention/Solution. The slide should include the name of the project and a one sentence statement of both the problem and the solution.

Segmented Vehicle
Problem: Design a vehicle for a mountainous world with difficult terrain to traverse.
Solution:  A segmented vehicle with a universal joint system handles mountainous terrain by conforming to the landscape.
1. Precedent Slides. One slide to show conceptual idea. One slide to show mechanical or functional idea.

2. Brainstorming Slide. This should be a clean sketch of your initial ideas. If you do not have a nice drawing or lost yours, create one now!

3. Iteration Slides. These slides should show early prototypes of your design. Focus on big changes. You do not need to show tiny Changes.

4. Final Slides. These should show clean images of your final project.

5. Text: In the text section of your you will include your thesis statement of the project. 



Projects Blog Posts!

Megan Valanidas

Hi Everybody! 

Welcome to your Teams! We are so excited to see what you contribute to the Interplanetary Cookbook. We have created project folders for each team. Please post your daily blog posts here in your own project folder. 

Please begin populating your folder with inspiring images or specific precedents that you have found that are near or 'adjacent' to your project theme. 

For today, create a blog post that has:

  • A refined 'WHY' statement. Remember, this will be your guiding notion. Be as specific here as possible. This statement will likely evolve.
  • Images of ALL today's prototypes
  • Write a sentence (or 3) about your project by responding to the following questions:
    1. What is your PLACE? Where are you designing? 
    2. What are the challenges you are responding to?
    3. Through which lens or strategy are you considering your project? (i.e. 'Food as Display' or 'Food as Story-Telling')
    4. When are you designing for? (is this for the far-future? The near future? Now?)