2017: back to origins in kitchen, reinventing arts and discovering brain’s mysteries

What will this year look like in terms of gastronomy, arts and medical discoveries?

It can be said that these areas will try to keep up with new trends – nutrition and diets will depart from our concepts and return to origins, medical research is leaning more and more towards the ‘biggest unknown’ in the equation, the brain, arts will reflect the current socio-economic unrest and the architecture seeks to satisfy our visceral need to approach each other physically, now, in the digital era more than ever.

Eating returns to its roots

In 2017, kitchens return to simple concepts. The complicated diets belong to the past and comfort lies in the foreground. ‘In recent years, everything has revolved around diets, giving up certain food groups, buying expensive ingredients and the rush after superfoods and super-health. None of this is, however, realistic’, says Thomasina Miers, chef, writer and television presenter for The Guardian.

It is time to simplify things. Keeping an unhealthy diet adds uncertainty in our lives. The healthiest way to eat is to get as close to the source as you can. More vegetables, grains and beans and meat – only occasionally – coming from animals that have been well cared for, explains Miers.

The year of neuroscience

In terms of medical breakthroughs, we can say that 2017 is the year of neuroscience as we are all expecting the newest findings of numerous studies that centered on neural networks and their effect on Alzheimer’s disease.

In life everyday we rely on our ability to navigate and remember and inside the brain these cognitive functions have a physiological correlation and specific patterns of activity between nerve cells. The networks formed by nerve cells communicate with each other forming maps of activities, each triggering a specific function.

In 2017, we are expecting new data about the emergence and maturation of cells and neural networks that trigger higher cognitive functions such as auto-tracking and storing.

Reinventing public space to bring people together

Despite the development and ubiquity of digital media in our lives, people will have increasingly greater need for physical interaction and the architects and the authorities managing the cities will begin to consider approaching more this trend, believes Amanda Levet, British architect, designer of ‘Victoria and Albert Museum’ entrance, opened in 2017.

There will be a return to the plan of urbanization on the Italian model and map of Rome Nolli created, with its open public spaces that connected a town spiritual heart, where everyone contributes to a sense of community.