Using a transnational analytical framework, this book provides a comprehensive overview of formal and informal markets and place in globalised cities. It examines how urban markets are situated within social, cultural and media discourses, and within material and symbolic economies. The book addresses four key narratives – redevelopment and relocation; privatization of public space; urban renewal; and urbanism and sustainability – to investigate shared and individual attributes of markets and place in diverse, international urban contexts. With case studies in Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, London, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris and San Francisco, experiences of market, place and city are explored through interdisciplinary and multimodal perspectives of visual culture, spatial practice, urban design and textual analysis.
1. What is a market? 2. Markets as metonyms of urban transformation: East London 3. Markets and place-image: Rio de Janeiro 4. Markets as unremarkable and remarkable places: Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Beijing 5. Dis/placing markets through urban renewal: Sydney 6. The right to the city in a downtown farmers’ market: San Francisco 7. Markets and urbanism: Antwerp