some emergent markets

It’s Iconic by Daphne Lasky
July 21, 2010, 12:38 pm
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So much of our research has been focused on the nitty-gritty of Parisian markets (scaffolding, electrical outlets, bus stops and Metro signs), that a visitor to this blog could be excused for thinking that the city is entirely bereft of beautiful buildings and monuments. It’s time to correct this impression! Several of Paris’s markets take place in the shadow of the city’s most famous icons.

The Saxe-Bretuil market might be the most famous example of a food-shopping/icon-watching correlation. As you can see, in plan, the market is perfectly in line with the Eiffel Tower.

This doesn’t entirely bear out in person, however, as you can see from the photo below. Treetops block a bit of the view, and the busy market (those trucks, again) makes it difficult to find a spot to stand and admire it all.

The Bastille market is wonderful, but also full of tourists walking around looking for something to, well, storm. The monument in the middle of the traffic circle serves as a focal point at the entrance to the market, though it becomes less important as you walk further into the rows of market stalls.

The big surprise in all of this has been the market at the Square d’Anvers. Located Montmartre, the tiny market is sandwiched between apartment blocks, which in plan don’t seem all that promising. But! Montmartre is hilly, which opens up entirely new, non boulevard-/axis-related viewshed possibilities. Sacre Coeur is just up the hill from the square, and the view of it from the market is just lovely.


free thinkers II! by jhuang
July 21, 2010, 10:16 am
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As a follow up to my previous post, the Batignolles organic market in the 17th arrondissemont was another one of 3 roving organic markets in Paris. Most of these vendors were the same as the ones at the Raspail organic market, but it was interesting to see how the vendors changed or adapted to the given physical situation. There was more space available so the vendors were more bold with their displays.

Some displays spanned across parts of back-to-back rows of canopy to create something like this:


Others extended into the street with their own equipment…


…and created spaces like this one:


Some even turned their stands 90 degrees from the canopy orientation to form horseshoe ends.


The result was a market that’s more interesting and conducive to wandering [the selection also contributed to this aspect].  The paths created here were the closest I’ve seen to a web or network.

grasshopper takes on picard + roving markets by jhuang
July 13, 2010, 5:48 pm
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My earlier post mentioned the abundance of Picard Surgelés all over Paris.  The question of relationships between the two large systems was intriguing.  So, here are some screenshots of a start of a GH definition in attempt to address this issue.

I used these high contrast bitmaps to extract data in Grasshopper: Picards [top] and Roving markets [bottom]

Then I brought them into Grasshopper, which gave me interesting patterns of both systems. Picards are in light gray and is in the lower half of the z-axis.

I then introduced meshes from the various height fields as seen above.

The next step will be a challenge.

The initial thought was to create a mega-mesh that stretched from the top half of the z-axis to the bottom half, which combined points of both systems.  I then tried to take the intersection between that mesh and a flat surface at the z-axis zero.  I hoped that the operation would give me curves that showed a larger pattern of interaction.  Unfortunately, I haven’t found a way to get a mesh to intersect with a surface yet.

So, the investigation continues….

a little water? by jhuang
June 18, 2010, 12:11 pm
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As seen in an earlier post on Piazza Farnese, it needs some help.  We would love to see it lively with crowds like the nearby Campo de’ Fiori.  After a couple of weeks of emptiness, we were surprised to see the piazza occupied by an art festival the other day:

It came across as a fully occupied piazza at first glance, but in closer examination, we were disappointed to find only [sub-par] art with a light sprinkling of visitors.  We think it is because of the heat.  The piazza has so much potential, one of which could be water.  Water seems to attract people both for basic life necessities…

…and for live cobblestone renditions of “Blacktop”:

Could we bring relief by drawing water from the fountains?  Could we also take advantage of the ground modulation and begin rerouting various quantities of water to potential “wild” vegetated patches?

storage sleuthing by jhuang
June 15, 2010, 10:07 am
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Are the days of farm to consumer sales over at Campo de’ Fiori?   Much of the produce seems to come from wholesalers and are then stored close by.  We did a more investigation into where the market vendors store their products which mainly involves one or both of us stalking the storage carts/auto-rickshaw-trucks during clean-up time.

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