some emergent markets

Urban Forest, Part II by Daphne Lasky
July 18, 2010, 8:59 pm
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After our first visit to the Maubert market, I wrote that I loved the relationship between trees and the market stall scaffolding. Having now had a few weeks to investigate this all a bit further, it’s clear to me that trees aren’t just a bit of fun punctuation within a field of market stalls–they’re an essential part of Parisian market infrastructure.

The tree canopy goes a long way in creating a sense of enclosure and protection for the market–turning a plaza into a room. Canopy height can vary quite a bit while still accomplishing this.

Trees that enter the field of market stalls break up continuous patterns, creating individual moments of interest and adaptation. For boulevard-style markets that can continue on for blocks and blocks, this can be particularly important.

In Rome, we saw that market-goers tend to stick to the shade; to encourage shopping, vendors resorted to covering the Campo dei Fiori in XXL-sized umbrellas. Here in Paris, trees provide a nice baseline dappled sunlight. As a result, awnings over Parisian market stalls have less sun-repelling work to do. See how small and translucent they are?

Finally, though we’d been putting together the pieces to this puzzle ourselves, it was a trip to the (otherwise mostly uninteresting) Bourse market that really confirmed our suspicion.


canopy by jhuang
July 7, 2010, 9:07 pm
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Trees could be one contributing factor to the success of a market. We visited one on Place Bourse and it was a plaza in front of the the stock exchange. The space was clearly too large for the market, which was designed to only occupy about 1/3-1/2 of the space (based on locations of pole anchors on the ground). Plus, there were no trees on the plaza.

Vendors at Bourse market stretched tarp between rows of standardized stalls.

At markets such as Maubert, Raspail or Monge, trees are a part of the market landscape.  Its canopy adds an interesting dappled light effect to the shade from ordinary tarp.