Thursday, December 28, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Advertising takes many forms and has begun to have considerable influence on contemporary society and commerce. But this was not always true. In the past, people lived in small, isolated communities where artisans and farmers bartered goods and services among themselves. "Distribution was limited to how far people could walk, and advertising to how loud they could shout"
Monday, December 25, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
“ MARKET CLOSED FOR REPAIR “
This just won’t work. So, how does one solve this practical problem, which is often the reason for municipalities being unable to improve market zones. Strategies need to be worked out in collaboration with the petty traders so that small parts of the market can be redone at a time. This sequential planning can only be executed with the help of people’s involvement in the project.
Friday, December 22, 2006
It is important for us to design our markets well, so that they are easy to maintain and to keep clean. The health of the entire town or city may be affected by the hygienic conditions prevalent in our marketplaces since that is where the food supplies enter the city. So, while we may appreciate the traditional elements enmeshed within the changing environment of the markets, we need to also resolve the practical problems faced by vendors and users.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Almost always, the business activity stretches beyond the stall onto the open space available just outside. Either a wooden counter or table is pulled out every morning when the shop opens or a raised platform in concrete exists that serves as an extension to the stall. So, the space requirement for the business activity is very flexible and always more than the 6’-0”x 6’-0” kiosk.
It helps if the municipal authorities survey well the physical aspects of already existing petty trades such as spatial requirements, low-cost construction materials, and the unconventional servicing and infrastructural facilities in use. In the end, the designed space and shelter must be priced correctly.
For a Municipal authority to be able to administer the city well, it must know more about :
- What kind of petty trades exist
- How does the city’s sanitation or traffic (both pedestrian and vehicular) get affected with an increase in the number of petty traders.
- Which locations are preferred for what kind of trade
- What distances are people willing to walk to reach a kiosk
- Government schemes that aid them or that are a deterrent in their development
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The marketplace in
When one looks at Bazaars in
Is it possible to study this aesthetic and to recreate it once again for the cities of
Monday, December 18, 2006
How do Bazaars in
“Everything flows. We cannot step twice into the same river. When I step into the river for the second time, neither I nor the river are the same” - Jostein Gaardner
In the market or `bazaar´, there is art and culture evident in the mannerisms of the vendors and the buyers, in the costumes, in the baskets that hold the goods, in the wares that are sold, whether it is flowers or camphor, whether it is rope or white cloth - a sign of the myriad ceremonies that Indian households conduct.
Is it possible for us to study this aesthetic and to recreate it once again for the cities of
How do urban dwellers perceive bazaars? Are they still places that excite us? Or are we relegating bazaars to be those dirty, unhygienic backyards of our increasingly “modern” cities? Do we look upon them as evils that must be put up with for just a few years more, to be replaced soon with neat supermarkets and multi-level parking places? As our cities and lifestyles “progress” , we lose more and more our indian identity. It is time perhaps to think hard therefore if this is really what we want to see happening. The Indian mind can handle so much complexity that it is not difficult to absorb within our system new ways of thinking that may add efficiency and progress to our lives, while still witholding the customs and cultural traditions that have made us. Let us not believe that we must shed one lifestyle for another.