QUICK NOTES

I can’t wait to finally catch up and match my writings with my true timeline. I think I’m about 6 (rather large) posts behind where I should be. I am storing them with the up most security as if they were  a precious object in my mind (+ written notes of course). I keep thinking back to key areas such as the ‘Graham & Brown’ presentation and smile uncontrollably re accounting the enjoyment and understanding I got from that one presentation. Yes I know that sounds delusional but I talked about that for days, analysing and reflecting.

MY BRIEF

Last week I penned the first draft of my project brief, I tried to express myself enough to be able to hopefully get others to understand what I am aiming to do and most importantly try and project the vision I have. Last week I was was pleased with what I had written but now I am seeing flaws. 

The general reasoning why I am passionate about my subject seems to have come across all be it a bit rambled and needs refining but I defiantly haven’t got across the fact that I realise people are wanting to shop at the bigger more  aesthetically  pleaseing outlets. This is how I have formed my decisions on the design aspect of my project. I want to take the opulence and modernity of big outlets yet I want to keep the community and local spirit of a market.

I need to begin  to produce prototypes as this is still hard to put into words as yet.  

Rebecca Pope – FMP Brief Draft 1

A MARKET FOR TOMORROW 

The market hall has an abundance of hidden loyalties, values and charm. I can see all around us the failings with in our community forcing areas such as ‘The Market’ to  be breaking down and slowly relinquishing its purpose, because of this I want to create a vision of ‘Tomorrows Market’.

I feel that we are all socially responsible for our society. One person may struggle to make changes but each of us must contribute, be it only in a small way.

Over the years society has changed, people are overlooking the chain reaction of events and benefits that occur when you buy locally.  In this country we have seen the growth of, out of town centre retail areas occupied by big chain brand stores. This has however forced a decline within the high street and market halls. There loss of foot flow has inevitably caused a problem to local retailers who are struggling to compete with the ‘Giants of Retail’ and the lure of ‘Free parking’.

My passion lies in the regeneration of our High Streets and Town centres. The social impacts and community ties that the high street once had seems to have unfortunately drifted away. There was a time that we lived relying on our community. We lived side by side; we went out to work to produce items and services that our neighbours would need. Produce was sourced locally. This formed a wonderful community interaction. Your butcher, your milkman was once your friend now most people collect their milk from the local supermarket doing their weekly shop.  Society has changed multi media has taken over the normal face to face interaction that once was. Can the high street and markets survive the changes taking place all around us. I’m hoping it can but things need to change.

My research has taken me to look at markets and their traders now and generations that have come before. I have studied interviews that have been taken with people from 4 popular markets in London. These were really informative and the underlining message that flowed through all of the markets was the fact that the market used to be a huge social hub, community interaction was most defiantly the key aspect that made this situation work. They all do have a worry that within 10 years the Markets may be no longer.

So I can try and generalise why this shift in the way people like to buy there products has changed so dramatically I am going to look at the big shopping outlets and retail parks that offer the big brand names and convenient parking within a lovely aesthetic surrounding.

I think combining the old ways with the new concepts can help me to design my ‘Market for tomorrow’ I want to create a design that is theatrical and exaggerated giving the customers a hub that can excite there senses whilst they shop. I will be still focusing on trying to get people to make a conscious decision about where they buy and what they buy on a day-to-day basis. If we all chose to start buying more & more independently rather then super market shopping we would be able to help the economic growth. Strengthen the chain of jobs and trades that are formed within a community.

The key words that sick in my mind are ‘social responsibility’

I will now look to project my concept to others by creating a model of my ‘Market for Tomorrow’ that could be used in any of the market halls across the country.

I would also like to erect a small section of this and create a small corner, in full scale, as my display piece in the end of year exhibition (this is still just a thought option at this stage)

I feel that our ‘High Streets’ and ‘Markets Halls’ will only be able to survive if the changes are made to bring them forward within there designs and a major participation from the local community.

 

Rebecca Pope – FMP Brief Draft 2

A MARKET FOR TOMORROW

What an amazing place ’The Market’ was, is and could be in the future.The market hall has an abundance of hidden loyalties, values and charm. For many years markets were the hub of the local community. It was where a lot of people worked, shopped and socialised. It was full of exciting products new, old and even fresh produce all influenced by a variety of nationalities. The market would encourage entrepreneurs to try there hand at whatever they may of been passionate about. I was a great foundation to a lot of flourishing businesses.

Over the years society has changed, people are overlooking the chain reaction of events and benefits that occur when you buy locally. In this country we have seen the growth of, out of town centre retail areas occupied by big chain brand stores. This has however forced a decline within the high street and market halls. There loss of foot flow has inevitably caused a problem to local retailers who are struggling to compete with the ‘Giants of Retail’ and the lure of ‘Free parking’.

My passion lies in the regeneration of our High Streets and Town centres. The social impacts and community ties that the high street once had seems to have unfortunately drifted away. There was a time that we lived relying on our community. We lived side by side, we went out to work to produce items and services that our neighbours would need. Produce was sourced locally. This formed a wonderful community interaction. Your butcher, your milkman was once your friend now most people collect their milk from the local supermarket doing their weekly shop. Society has changed multi media has taken over the normal face to face interaction that once was. Can the high street and markets survive the changes taking place all around us. I’m hoping it can but things need to change.

I have a vision I want to create a design that is theatrical and exaggerated giving the customers a hub that can excite there senses whilst they shop. I want to design a woodland almost a forest that you can walk through and experience the beauty and calm that come along side nature yet nestled inside this design I will incorporate retail areas hidden amongst the trees. Stalls offering an array of different product as it was many years ago. By updating the whole visual look of a market I feel that more people would want to either come and buy or even come and sell there products too.

I think the key to moving forward with market trading is to try and get more & more creative young people involved. This would bring a whole new fresh branch to our tree, the structure of the market that has been there going strong for many years. Combining the old ways with the new concepts can help me to design my ‘Market for tomorrow’

I will now look to project my concept to others by creating a model of my ‘Market for Tomorrow’ that could be used in any of the market halls across the country.
I would also like to erect a small section of this and create a small corner, in full scale, as my display piece in the end of year exhibition (this is still just a thought option at this stage)

Let me try to design an experience that will give you that emotional connection to the man next door. Let me try to display everything that a market offers to its full potential within my design. If my I can achieve this I will of succeeded.

JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR

Thank fully I fell upon this wonderful website

 http://www.stallstories.org.uk

A film project exploring the history of four London Street Markets.

Markets are a living, breathing part of history. They are part of the fabric woven within a Town/ City and each market reflects the character of its neighbourhood.

For hundreds of years markets have provided livelihoods for people living in their comunities and a source of affordable (and sometimes luxury) produce and items.

TRYING TO FIND MY WAY

My head has been swirling with ideas for my ‘Final Major Project’

I have been drawn to very theme focused spaces and theatrical interiors. 

I love it when I enter a space that can draw me in instantly. A connection can be made allowing me to be transported to somewhere else.  Over exaggerated staging, grand gestures…. How can I begin to be able to incorporate this into a space that I feel is relevant to me.

I am going to focus my project around ‘The Market Experience’

I am going to look at the history of market stalls and market trading. I want to evaluate how it has changed throughout the years, looking at why some markets have died a death yet other markets such as ‘Camden’ have thrived.

I’m sat here trying to actually define what the word market means to me?  Many things come to mind but for lots of different reasons.

Market:    

  • local
  • food
  • produce
  • value
  • cheap
  • craft
  • christmas
  • tat
  • elderly
  • stalls
  • outdoors/indoors??

These are just a few some are positive and some are negative.

I think that It would be a good thing to create a quick question just to see what other people associate with a market stall? Do they go to any of the various markets around if so which ones? What would they want from a market?

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