Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you an infographic that shows the impact of street markets on cities, Berlin’s “playborhoods” and the worlds smartest cities.
After 5 years of construction, the MVRDV-designed Markthal Housing and Market Hall officially opened in Rotterdam last week. The structure is comprised of housing that arches over an indoor market hall. The design also features a digital mega mural that acts as a backdrop to the 96 fresh food stalls and shops that represent both local and internationally based vendors. Continue reading
Festivals and events have always been a great way to attract people to public spaces and create a vibrant and social atmosphere. An important consideration that is sometimes overlooked is how they can be creatively or appropriately integrated into their physical surroundings. A noteworthy example that illustrates this potential is a temporary farmer’s market at the Sforzesco Castle in Milan.
The largest piece of artwork in the Netherlands can be found displayed on an indoor market in Rotterdam known as ‘The Horn of Plenty’. The interior of the horse shoe-shaped structure, designed by local architecture practice MVRDV, is wrapped in an 11,000 square meter artwork, covering the entire surface with individually placed screens.
Few cities in the world can compete with the energy and activity on the streets of Jakarta. If you’re new to the megalopolis, the heat, the noise, the smells and the sheer volume of people and traffic can easily overwhelm your senses. But it’s exhilarating to take it in and experience all the amazing and baffling things those streets have to offer. Continue reading
Known as Els Encants or ‘Mercat Fira de Bellcaire’, it is the oldest market in Europe. From the fourteenth century is a great example of Barcelona’s commercial dynamism and unique mercantile spirit.
Encants Barcelona—Encants is the Catalan word for charms—is one of the city’s oldest and busiest markets. Also called “Mercat Fira de Bellcaire,” the market was founded in the 14th century. Continue reading
The Chinatown night market mixes time-honoured traditions with Vancouver’s ever-changing face. It attracts locals, visitors, friends and families to celebrate each weekend in a uniquely historic part of the city. Continue reading