Naveen Hamza, Dalila ElKerdany, John Pendlebury, Sahar Imam, Aliaa AlSadaty and Tamer ElSerafi, "Sustained Liveability: A Framework Beyond Energy Conscious Building Conservation of Market Halls," Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research. Vol. 11, issue 3 (November, 2017): 119-131.
Market halls are commonly found in contexts of cultural and heritage value. Positioned in urban centers and transport networks, these unique buildings were originally constructed in the 19th century to ensure better food distribution in growing European cities, then copied to other territories such as Egypt. We argue that leaving market halls, with their large spanning structures and indoor open space, for dilapidation is a lost opportunity for sustaining community engagement, and educating the public on the original sustainability, neighborhood regeneration and cultural thinking that underpinned these buildings. The proposed framework extends current sustainable ‘heritage conservation frameworks’ beyond concepts of adding renewable energy technologies, recycling and sustainable goods movement, to ‘sustaining liveability and social inclusion’. We argue that market halls offer the opportunities to merge the daily activities of buying and selling food with creating local creative economies such as culinary art exhibitions, and culinary schools. The paper consists of two parts: the first discusses the historical urban context of market halls in Cairo; the second proposes a sustainable heritage conservation model for market halls.