EPHEMERAL URBAN PRODUCTIVITIES (II)

Investigating Flows Discontinuities in Urban (Emerging) Markets
The project’s objective is to explore the mobility mechanisms of material flows, and spatial dynamics of ephemeral productions within urban markets in emerging cities. These ranges from self-organized courier agents to major freight services. Markets (both informal and formal), serve as socio-economic infrastructure for vulnerable groups in cities. They are public spaces of pluralities, collectivities and material flows in cities. Informal Markets represent the highest intensities of these phenomenon, albeit criminalized in most cases. Contributing proposals will seek to understand the networks of material flows and discontinuities within designated markets, and under various contextual definitions. The studio will adopt a multi-site approach (cases from different cities around the world) to ascertain commonalities, collectivities, and conditions of emergence. The studio aims to contribute to the discourse on emergent processes and sustainable urban growth strategies in the 21st century city.

Studio Tutor: Chukwuemeka Vincent CHUKWUEMEKA

 

Markets are primeval urban elements of human settlements. They are public spaces of pluralities, collectivities and material flows in cities. Markets, both informal and formal, rural and urban, serve as socio-economic infrastructure for vulnerable groups in cities (Watson, 2006; Janssens & Sezer, 2013; Mele et al., 2015). Markets embody great diversity of people, exchanges of material flows, and are potential sites of political and conflict flash-points. Informal markets operate on edge of urban conditions – technological changes, political changes, inequality, and conflicts (Mörtenböck et al., 2015). The architecture and territorial organization of these markets are instinctive, and are shaped by both economic and contextual forces. Practicality and convenience define location of facilities and commercially related activities. The studio will focus on identifying the impacts of identified mobility mechanisms on collective spaces of selected markets, and how they are related to urban growth.

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Observation

Mapping of different mobility mechanisms within territorial definitions of designated markets


Documentation

Identification of stakeholders, spatial readings of site conditions and interpretations of meanings


Design Intervention

Developing scenarios, visions, design syntheses and proposals


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