Choreographing the Everyday Feast: Accommodating Malaysian Temporary Markets in a Changing Context

By Khalilah Zakariya, SueAnne Ware and Sand Helsel.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Temporary markets are often perceived as places that possess a sense of localness. They may seem to exist on spontaneity and chaos, but in fact rely on certain infrastructures and conditions that enable them to operate. However, as developments continue to progress in cities and suburbs, there will be inevitable changes in lifestyle, mobility and values of public spaces. Temporary markets will be, if they are not already, under pressure from the processes of urbanisation. With these changes expected to happen, how can temporary markets continue to develop with their rich experiential qualities? This paper explores strategies to accommodate prospective temporary markets in Putrajaya, Malaysia, given the condition that the markets are temporary and will have to be relocated in the future. The study employed techniques of observation, mapping, personal experiences and speculative design propositions to understand and test different ways of how the markets might operate in a changing context. The findings revealed that the operations of temporary markets need to be adapted to its context, through choreographing the flows of its spaces, users and activities, and the provision of specific hard and soft infrastructures. The planning of a market involves strategies at multiple scales.

Keywords: Night Market, Mapping, Design, Temporary, Informality

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.239-260. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 21.523MB).

Khalilah Zakariya

Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Kulliyyah of Architecture & Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Khalilah Zakariya has an academic background in landscape architecture and tourism planning. Her research explores the relationships between space, culture and tourism, with a particular interest on how we experience and design everyday places in the city. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia.

SueAnne Ware

Professor, School of Architecture and Design,, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

SueAnne Ware is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at RMIT University, Australia.

Sand Helsel

Professor, School of Architecture and Design,, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sand Helsel is a Professor of Architecture at RMIT University, Australia.