some emergent markets

trash collection by jhuang
July 17, 2010, 9:39 pm
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With Paris’ obsession for constantly cleaning the streets, I was not entirely surprised to see designated trash collection areas at a couple of markets [some with a cleaning crew present during market hours!]

Barbès Market

Joinville Market

Unfortunately, Monge Market didn’t have the same facility, but people improvised.

However, we all know that by the end of the day, the cleaning crew would be there after each market to turn this [Maubert Market]:

into this:


urban streams by jhuang
July 11, 2010, 7:56 am
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There is certainly no shortage of water on the streets of Paris with its daily street cleaning routine.  In addition to the cleaning trucks, water valves are released twice a day, creating a a network of urban streams that flow along the curbs or in the middle of the streets.  Apparently, the flushing of the streets has been going on from as early as the turn of the 20th century.  Is water perceived as a sanitizer rather than a thirst quencher?  Is that why most fountains in markets are not used?


obsolete/opportunity by Daphne Lasky
July 7, 2010, 10:23 pm
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Sad, but true: pay phones have gone the way of the dodo. Phone booths, however, remain, but what to do with them? This example is just taking up space at Place Monge–even the vendors have turned their backs to it.

Suggestions? The phone booths are linked up to power and data sources–how could this add to the life of the market?

water not needed by jhuang
July 7, 2010, 9:56 pm
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At the Monge Market, the fountains were largely ignored as a water source and were certainly does not attract large numbers of people (unlike Rome…see earlier posts: A little water? & Nero on fountains).  As seen below, one is not used at all while the larger centerpiece has transformed into a trash collection area.

This is the only functioning one, but it was off on the edge of the market and was used very little (probably mostly by vendors).

This fountain at Bourse Market was used, but by a vendor.


power! elevated vs recessed by jhuang
July 7, 2010, 9:27 pm
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Why the differentiation?  Is it a feasibility issue?  A functional issue?  An aesthetic decision?

Elevated power sources at Maubert and Raspail Markets


Recessed power sources at Bourse and Monge Markets

organizational skeletons by jhuang
July 5, 2010, 11:08 pm
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There are dozens of roving markets in Paris.  From the few we’ve seen so far, the market stalls use the same structural framing system that anchor into the ground.  Does this standardized organizational system restrict market vendors from adapting to their own needs?  How are these organizational patterns established in the first place?  Do they respond to or impact market surroundings?  Do the structural frames migrate from one market to another?

Baudoyer Market (at Place Baudoyer) one day before the market day

Baudoyer Market (at Place Baudoyer) two days before market day

Maubert Market (at Place Maubert) one day before market day

Organizational couplings in the ground | Baudoyer Market



Footing of vendor stall frame


Header of vendor stall frame

At Maubert Market, the skeletal framework creeps into the street…


…and signs of market growth with patched asphalt.


urban forest by Daphne Lasky
July 5, 2010, 10:24 pm
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We walked by Place Maubert today, scouting out the street in advance of tomorrow’s market. The skeletal beginnings of market stalls (so different from those in Rome!) already inhabited the median and spilled into the street.


My favorite part of the set-up was the way the scaffolding wove its way around the site’s trees. The effect was a bit forest-like, with steel and asphalt subbing in for tree bark and moss.