Zayn Afzal Thesis Project
Living Edge Gastronomy
At present, there is no doubt that the resurgence of the marketplace within urban architecture is thriving across the globe. In recent decades, urban areas have often lacked the prevalence of available places to access fresh and locally sourced food, in an environment enriched in spirit and culture. With the model of ‘real time’ shopping under threat, and with the continuous rise of the common supermarket, cities can be faced with diminished senses of culture, community and diversity. One of the significant concepts around the globe that can facilitate the revitalisation of social interaction and economic gain is the everlasting world of food culture. Market halls are one of the key developments within urban architecture, offering a shared space to bring communities together through food. These spaces can become the heart of the city, encouraging public activity and lively atmospheres, whilst attracting both locals and visitors. This project aims to explore the prospect of a new contemporary market hall within the Unit One Aberdeen waterfront masterplan, whilst investigating the significance of food culture, the marketplace and the overall built environment.