Project Dynamic Markets Taipei
Content Taipei as Prototype of Urbanity
Type IAAC Barcelona – master study
Location Taipei – Taiwan
Authors Ana Cankar and IAAC team
When we think about cities we think as a problem of organized complexity where things happen under dynamical rather than physical processes. Our case study is Taipei city and market events as dynamic phenomena. Markets in Taipei use para- architectonic devices for a temporal occupation of urban space. With movable stands the urban space can be quickly transformed to a dynamic market event that activates micro situations inside the city grid. Therefore the research was directed to explore the urban and functional patterns under which the markets are happening. When we think about Taipei city we think of a dynamic city, a city which understands and exploit its complexity. A great multi-usage and versatility of the space occupation is depended on time and based on temporary activities taking place occasionally due to the use of compacted architectonic devises. These temporary activities are the markets, the most characteristic phenomenon of the city, owe to the hot clime, that allows to occupy outer space, the flexible regulations of the city, that allow informal commercial events to happen, the “made in Taiwan” economy, that signifies a hyper offer of products and therefore a demand of flexible market space, and more the local lifestyle. The citizen and consumer, who connects the need of socializing, entertaining, consummating and the existence of public space into one single event: the market.
The observation of Taipei market phenomena occurred in a detailed diagnostic way: mapping space with activities and measuring all the involved elements. There are different kinds of typologies based on time, structure, location, tendency of expansion etc. The most significant division is based on temporality and occasional occupation, which brings an alternate density, which can only be realized over time and in response to a set of continuously changing parameters. Therefore we have night markets occupy the streets, day markets occupy small alleys and weekend markets which occupy the space under big infrastructure. This occasionally transforms the surrounding area, creating a totally different perspective of the same street according the day.
The transportable stand is the element which makes the markets to happen dynamically. It is the repeatable dynamic object, which generates unique micro-occasional urban assemblages. These informal devices are following the same structural model but accepting sophisticated inputs by the users, that make them function as smart machines. The main characteristics are the ability to move and to plug in to energy and water source. Temporal market events create micro-occasional situations that we can call micro-cities, because they function in a minimum, self-sufficient way, using compactness as the basis for sufficiency and sustainability inside the city.