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Help PPS Identify the Worlds Most Endangered Markets

http://www.pps.org/blog/call-to-action-help-us-identify-the-worlds-most-endangered-markets/

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In Praise of Smelly Places

In Praise of Smelly Places.

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The Syrian Souq

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In 2006, I went to Syria in search of souqs with formal spatial and sensorial patterns that foster a public realm. And though I did find such patterns in souqs, it was a challenge to do much more than take inventory of what I observed, and very difficult indeed to prove that the formally designed market spaces were conducive to public activity. On the contrary, I met scores of market vendors, street hawkers, shleppers, and shoppers that did not have direct access to formal market spaces and so made do and constantly adapted to edges and boundaries, nooks and crannies, unoccupied building facades, bicycles, etc. Social interaction and engagement were far more apparent, and patterns seemingly enhanced, along the fringes.

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Market depiction

by James Sturm

Recently came across the graphic novel Market Day by James Sturm. A heavy account of a shtetl market at the dawn of the industrial revolution, Sturm beautifully depicts a pivotal day in the life of a talented craftsman. The sequencing and emphasis on procession through a series of spaces, including the market, effectively help recreate a bygone place. But it is not just nostalgia that makes this work appealing. Though it may not have been a part of Sturm’s intention, the images of market goers shuffling along, as well as the produce on display, in storage, and in transit all highlight the importance of spatial configuration and place in markets and indeed the value of  movement in our lives. Market Day has lent me a conceptual basis for depicting movement, and though I won’t get into detail here, I will add that this graphic novel has somewhat altered my perception of Zola’s Les ventres de Paris.

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Taipei nights

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Tsukiji

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