'Heat capacity' consists of a table full of pots and pans. This cooking ware shapes to form a cityscape and brings together food culture and architecture. For both disciplines, warmth is a defining characteristic. Both a cook and a city planner encounter the question of how to produce, contain, spread and lose warmth. 'Heat capacity' combines both approaches.

The different pans model the uneven way warmth is spread throughout a city. One place produces a lot of heat that is led away, whilst in another place this warmth is needed. By showing these heat patterns in a physical manner 'Heat capacity' can contribute to a better understanding of the principles of heat spreading and help to form them in a more even and sustainable fashion.

The pots are also a way of showing the different creative methods of dealing with heat. Both oldfashioned cooking techniques and Korean architecture can provide inspiration for urban planning. 'Heat capacity' is a database of heat techniques that – much like a city – grows and expands as we go.

At the same time the global approach of this project shows that all over the world people deal with heat differently. 'Heat capacity' in its current form is adapted for a cooler climate like that in the Netherlands, where warmth is often a scarcity. The colour (black) and the material (stone) of the pans are chosen specifically to contain warmth. It would be interesting to create a cityscape for a tropical climate, where one wants to get rid of heat. 


Year : 2013

Design : Esther Jongsma
Photo : Lisa Klappe, Sam Van Gurp
Text : Evelyne van der Neut