some emergent markets


we love shade by jhuang
June 16, 2010, 6:49 pm
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The shade created by the vendor umbrellas is a huge magnet during market hours and it begins to control movement in the piazza [see photos from a previous post].  Here is the beginning of a new layer of information to the previous “density fluctuations” definition.  The lighter shade of pink is the umbrella layer and the green square outlines are the shaded areas [responds to and is controlled by a sun definition].  The paths shift towards the shaded areas, which should create more clusters [metaballs] under the umbrellas.  Ideally, there would be one master slider for the various parameters [time of day, umbrella coverage, movement of people, etc.], but let’s hope that won’t be too much of a challenge.

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Fabulous by Daphne Lasky
June 16, 2010, 6:26 pm
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Leave it to Artforum to remind us that, despite our very excellent adventures, we are not the coolest kids on the block. To see photographs from our own trips to MAXXI and the American Academy, click on the link to Jie’s flickr, to the left.



Market Activity by Daphne Lasky
June 16, 2010, 5:49 pm
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At first glance, it seems all too obvious that everyone comes to the Campo de Fiori for the market. With its fruits and vegetables aplenty, tourists and locals alike must flock to the campo in search of whatever’s fresh and seasonal.

In reality, however, the market accounts for only 8 hours of campo activity a day. Why, then, is the piazza full of people ’round the clock?

I think the answer is that, as a painting teacher of mine used to say, people like to look at people.

When the market vendors arrive in piazza in the morning, the place is deserted. As they begin to set up and display their wares, a few brave souls venture out to make some early purchases. Over the course of the morning, the crowds grow, and the neighboring cafes open up. Pedestrians ogle the market goods, while seated espresso-sippers ogle passers-by.

By the time the market vendors begin packing up around 1:00, a lunchtime crowd packs the cafes. Once the piazza is empty, it is the cafe patrons themselves who are the performance for pedestrians to enjoy. This mutual people-watching continues through the aperitivo hour, and far into the night.

In all of this, the market plays the role of a catalyst, creating enough human activity that, by the time the sun grows hot, it has done its job, and can go home for a nice, cool rest.

[Poor definition-management skills means that the gh component to this post is a bit out-of-hand at the moment. Keep a look-out for a separate post with the definition download and some thinking about strategies for nesting actions…]



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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Density fluctuations | Campo de’ Fiori by jhuang
June 13, 2010, 7:53 pm
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This animation illustrates a more complex system of movement than the previously uploaded “density shifts.” With more paths through the piazza, the interaction of people start to cluster in less predictable places.

Rhino file | 100613-density fluctuations.3dm

GH file | 100613-density fluctuations.ghx



campo di ombrelloni by jhuang
June 13, 2010, 10:09 am
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Panorama of southeastern half
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Panorama of northwestern half

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50s | today by jhuang
June 13, 2010, 9:55 am
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We visited the American Academy in Rome the other day and found an archive of photographs by Georgina Masson from the 1950s.  These center around Campo de’ Fiori of course.  Juxtaposed next to them are photos from today, and even though they are not of the exact same view as the archival photo, they do give a sense of the change or lack there of.  The market today seems to have more people [tourists], inventory [more exotic], and commercial fervor.

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