City Words Manufacturing: A Post-Market Design

The post-market design is the renewal proposal of the Taiwanese traditional market in a new form. If the city is regarded as a paragraph, the architecture could be interpreted and rewritten with people and manufacture the next urban life.
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Designer(s) : Kuo-Shuo, Lo

University : Tamkang University

Tutor(s) : Chia-Ju, Lin

The city is an article loaded with history, memory and desire, and city reading makes us read differently through different perspectives. What if the city is regarded as an article, how can the variability of the city be interpreted and rewritten with the logic and words of a language?

Steven Holl used the English alphabet to study the building form and the city. And, I’d like to observe this text-filled city – Taipei City in Chinese. Chinese is fascinating because of “Multiple interpreted reading and overwriting“. By reconstructing the gaps between texts, the differences in reading created multiple understanding. By studying a way to read and manipulate the blanks in the city, could the variability of the city be brought into architecture? Could the building be overwritten as a part of the city article?

The site is the earliest developed street in Taipei which is named the Taipei First Street – Guiyang Street. In the context of history, the fascinating factors are hidden in the block around the Zhi-Xing market-facing erasure and rewriting. The post-market design provides an urban machine that can store the established memory of the market and continue to influence future life. To improve the variability of the ground floor of the city, I transformed the information rewritten in the city into layers of roofs:

On the first layer of roofs, the memory of the city in the past is translated into the aftermarket language of MEP, which provides the behavioural logic of the street vendors in the next era.

On the second layer of roofs, the existing activities of the market are alternately transformed into the changes of architectural scale elements, such as the big god table, the ventilation car and the sushi seat. Through the changes, the positioning of the market in the city can be switched.

In the post-market era, a proposal is a new form of the Taiwanese traditional market, we cannot define the future of the market space, but we can leave the market to the process that users can continue to live and manufacture the urban life.