Urban Design
Thesis: Market Culture Vs Mall Culture, The redevelopment of a Market!
The ancient spaces of gathering, meeting and business such as 'Markets' are ever diminishing from the face of the paced economic and technological present.

The traditional streets of shopping, and interaction are giving way for the modern culture of 'Hyper Malls'.

I am doing my thesis on the redevelopment of one of most famous and important market of Bangalore- The Russell Market, Shivaji Nagar.

I would like to redevelop the market with the socio-cultural values the historic, yet Techno-city.

Please give me the inputs to go ahead with the thesis. And also, if someone with any valuable suggestions or case studies, Please share!

Thanking you all in advance,
Max Thomas
Thesis: Market Culture Vs Mall Culture, The redevelopment of a Market!
Max, to be honest, I dislike Western atrium-style "shopping malls" (a) because the shops are usually trendy (and expensive) and (b) access is limited to one or two main entrances, which means having to walk by a great many other shops of no interest.

I much prefer the semi-traditional "shopping malls" that I visited in Turkey (and some were underground), because there was no vast echoing space and these shopping malls were limited to several floors lined with shops and cafes and acted as connecting (and covered) pedestrian walkways from one street to the next.

Therefore, these multiple but single-height floor spaces with connecting stairs, created a people-friendly atmosphere which was much more likely to tempt people off the street.
Frank John Snelling
Thesis: Market Culture Vs Mall Culture, The redevelopment of a Market!

Initially, Thank you for the input!.
Even I have been to many of these 'blant' shopping malls across India as well as in the Middle East.
In my personal observation, people interacted, socialized and preferred much of a market or business center which is in a rather human scale.

I am very much interested to know more about the market you have mentioned above. Could you please give some more insights about the same?

Your suggestions do relate the way I think in this context!
Max Thomas
Thesis: Market Culture Vs Mall Culture, The redevelopment of a Market!
Important to remember that airconditioned malls are "destinations" whereas traditional bazaars and shopping areas in the developing world are seamlessly integrated in the city fabric.probably Frank is talking about
the famed "Capali Charsi" covered market
in Istanbul which is reputed to have 4000 shops. Another amazing covered bazaar is the great bazaar of Isfahan with its labyrinthine alleys completely
integrated with city fabric.
closer at home the "New market" in Kolkata offers an interesting variant.
Built during the "Raj" ,the market known
earlier as "Hogg stuart's market" has an interesting plan with different shopping streets emanating out of an octagon, each street specialising in a particular product;e.g flowers, confectionaries, clothing etc.The shopping alleys with shops on both sides have roof with clerestory windows on top.Series of courtyards provide light and ventillation.
However a/c malls have a great attraction for the public not so much for shopping experience but for spending time in a environment ,cool and free of cost. No wonder shops go bust in no time.
Sambuddha Sen
Thesis: Market Culture Vs Mall Culture, The redevelopment of a Market!
Max and Sambuddha, No, I was not referring to the enormous and world famous bazaar in Istanbul and I have never been there.

I spent about three years in Turkey living in provincial towns and these always had a number of passageways (through from one street to another) lined on both sides with small shops (small shops are the norm in Turkey).

Then the next step would appear to be a passageway with stairs up to the First Floor (note: in the UK the First Floor is not the Ground level Floor) and again small shops and offices lined both sides.

The next step in development after this would be several floors of shops located about the stairs and ground floor passageway.

And the above comes from local developers and builders maximising the potential rental value of the normal two, three and four storey buildings which line many of the streets in provincial towns in Turkey.

Finally, some developers have realised the potential of such buildings and so there are quite a few "mini-malls" (of not more than two or three levels in height with circulatory passageways rather than just through passageways.

And, as I wrote earlier, I have also visited several underground `markets` which were built under wide big city roads to act as a way across these roads and also as shopping spaces.
Frank John Snelling


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