The MOBILE Bread House

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Completed in May 2013, the first Mobile Bread House (a house with an oven on wheels) in the US travels across neighborhoods in the New York – New Jersey area to bring people together to make bread. While one of our visions is to have in the future a retrofitted school bus with an oven and collective bread-making table inside (see the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDiEp1glldU), we were awarded the Annual Princeton Gardner MAGIC Grant for Innovative Inter-disciplinary Project to build a Mobile Bread House (MBH) on a trailer as a mobile structure.MBH is being designed and built by students from across universities – Princeton, Parsons, Pratt, and Harvard – in a wide, inter-disciplinary and inter-university collaborative project on interventional design. The project was coordinated by Dr. Nadezhda Savova and the main executing coordinator was Pete Abrams, whose work inspired the Mobile Bread House. Pete has been developing the BHome (thebhome.wikispaces.com/) model of affordable housing units in the shape of bee hive cells has the potential to revolutionize our practices of building and living.

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The mobile Mobile Bread House is one of the bee hive cells built on top of a trailer, a community space on wheels equipped with a wood-fired oven, a big round table, where people of all ages and cultures gather to make bread together and build unique social connections; shelves full of herbs and teas from various countries (mobile tea room) and with world coffees (mobile coffee house); and a hydroponic green roof, growing wheat grass from different countries as well as fresh herbs and other plants. MBH goes to various neighborhoods to house these communal bread-making events/mini festivals, called “BREAD AND CIRCUSES”, as a new twist on the classic expression, and inspire people to eat local and healthy and to build around food a sense of community and cooperation. 

For a description of this innovative architectural achievement, designed by Raymond Olive, please visit his website here and learn about how the bread house functions as a mobile community cultural center here.

Thus, in brief, the Mobile Bread House is the focal point of collective events, which combine food with arts, education, and forum for discussions and civic initiatives open to the public in various communities to bridge neighborhood thresholds. Our bread-making events have cultural, nutritional, and environmental education components, while the goal is to connect people from diverse backgrounds. The Mobile Bread House provides an exciting and stimulating experience, which uncovers each person’s creativity, inspired to develop in the unique ambiance of the warmth of a traditional wood-fired oven, the silky feel of flour, the rhythm of kneading dough, and the aroma of baking bread.

One of the main missions and programs of the Mobile Bread House is the OVENS FOR PEACE Program, defined in our Programs section. The MBH will be fully equipped with a rammed earth brick-press and shovels to be able to engage a community and collectively with locals of all ages build a wood-fired oven over a weekend, where the oven would become the lasting communal focal point after the Mobile Bread House leaves the neighborhood to go to another one, to seed another oven. Our vision is to cooperate with organizations and initiatives like the East Africa Trust program building rammed earth/mud ovens for people in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and others as an alternative for almost no cost to the detrimental open-fire cooking that cause lung cancer among women in Africa (see more at http://rammedearth.blogspot.com/2010/03/rammed-earth-stoves-in-malawi.html).

Again, social transformation happens step by step, one loaf as well as one oven at a time. 

 

 

 

 

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