Fleeting feast: mapping and accommodating temporary markets by Khalilah Zakariya

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This research explores ways that designers and planners can accommodate temporary markets, while at the same time sustaining their dynamic qualities. Studies on temporary markets in a number of Asian countries acknowledge how this ephemeral event contributes to the liveliness of the city. While these studies discuss the issues of rehabilitation, gentrification, commodification and overdevelopment of traditional and temporary markets, however, there is still a gap in understanding how the markets operate and the ways in which they can be developed under changing conditions. Although temporary markets are informal and fleeting in the nature of their operation, they contain a great deal of richness and complexity within them.

The markets will be, if not already, under pressure from the processes of urbanisation. With changes in lifestyle, mobility and more stringent development requirements expected to happen, how can temporary markets continue to develop with their rich experiential qualities? What can we learn about temporary markets, to know how to accommodate and design with and for them? What do temporary markets tell us about the design and practice of landscape architecture, Asian urbanism, the notion of local and global, and processes of change?

In this PhD, temporary markets are explored through techniques of observation, mapping and speculative design propositions, as a way of interrogating and discovering alternative design and planning approaches to accommodate markets in the developing city. The role of design in accommodating temporary markets and the idea of localness are interrogated through the course of the research. In between these interrogations, there are continuous discussions on how designers can accommodate the qualities of temporary markets in different ways – through design ideation; observing and mapping their operations; facilitating them through hard and soft infrastructures, planning policy for vendors and tourism guides; and how to engage with them at multiple scales.

Year: 2011
Examiners: Professor William Fox, Professor Richard Goodwin, Professor Helen Armstrong  Supervisors: Professor Sue Anne  Ware,   Professor Sand  Helsel


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