What inspired you to create your proposal?

My enthusiasm for food culture and a sense of community inspired me to create this proposal, as well as in response to some identified needs of the city of Aberdeen: adaptability, healthy city, living edge and opportunities. 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. 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.

Why did you choose to study architecture?            

Initially, I was drawn to architecture due to its creative and artistic capabilities through design. In addition to this, I have always been intrigued with the mechanisms of a building, space, and our overall surroundings. Architecture is everywhere and is a fundamental component of the built environment. Everything has been designed for a purpose, often with permanent intentions, and I like the idea of contributing to this. I like the idea of becoming part of the creative process behind the structures we inhabit and the spaces we fill. I was also drawn to architecture by account of the unique qualities and characteristics presented within specific architecture that is associated with an individual architect’s style and expression.

What was the most challenging part of your project?

The most challenging part of my project was trying to gauge the appropriate scale for the scheme. Most market halls within cities correlate to their population or size of the city. Many of the successful examples I reviewed were of a larger scale. In comparison, Aberdeen is a much smaller city and therefore required me to test scales and proportions through models to create a scheme that was large enough to make an impact as a key destination for the city.

Having finished my final year of school in Dundee, I took the first step in my career and relocated to Aberdeen to begin my studies in architecture. This was an exciting time for me as I adapted to a new city and independent living. As well as my University course, I have also been employed part-time in various retail positions. I am an ambitious and enthusiastic person with a strong appreciation for expression through design. The layout of a space or the aesthetics of a building can alter a person’s emotion, mood, and overall experience, and this is something that fascinates me. In addition to my passion for architecture and design, I have a keen interest in music, food, fitness, and above all, travel. Every destination has something unique to offer, and I enjoy learning, exploring, and immersing myself into different cultures whilst gaining new perspectives. Indeed, I also enjoy visiting famous landmarks within these destinations and appreciating the architecture first-hand. Family is also a key importance to me, and I am lucky to have such a wide support system around me. I am a sociable person and enjoy spending time with both family and friends in my spare time.

Zayn Afzal

Unit One

2020

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What inspired you to create your proposal?

My enthusiasm for food culture and a sense of community inspired me to create this proposal, as well as in response to some identified needs of the city of Aberdeen: adaptability, healthy city, living edge and opportunities. 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. 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.

Why did you choose to study architecture?            

Initially, I was drawn to architecture due to its creative and artistic capabilities through design. In addition to this, I have always been intrigued with the mechanisms of a building, space, and our overall surroundings. Architecture is everywhere and is a fundamental component of the built environment. Everything has been designed for a purpose, often with permanent intentions, and I like the idea of contributing to this. I like the idea of becoming part of the creative process behind the structures we inhabit and the spaces we fill. I was also drawn to architecture by account of the unique qualities and characteristics presented within specific architecture that is associated with an individual architect’s style and expression.

What was the most challenging part of your project?

The most challenging part of my project was trying to gauge the appropriate scale for the scheme. Most market halls within cities correlate to their population or size of the city. Many of the successful examples I reviewed were of a larger scale. In comparison, Aberdeen is a much smaller city and therefore required me to test scales and proportions through models to create a scheme that was large enough to make an impact as a key destination for the city.

Having finished my final year of school in Dundee, I took the first step in my career and relocated to Aberdeen to begin my studies in architecture. This was an exciting time for me as I adapted to a new city and independent living. As well as my University course, I have also been employed part-time in various retail positions. I am an ambitious and enthusiastic person with a strong appreciation for expression through design. The layout of a space or the aesthetics of a building can alter a person’s emotion, mood, and overall experience, and this is something that fascinates me. In addition to my passion for architecture and design, I have a keen interest in music, food, fitness, and above all, travel. Every destination has something unique to offer, and I enjoy learning, exploring, and immersing myself into different cultures whilst gaining new perspectives. Indeed, I also enjoy visiting famous landmarks within these destinations and appreciating the architecture first-hand. Family is also a key importance to me, and I am lucky to have such a wide support system around me. I am a sociable person and enjoy spending time with both family and friends in my spare time.

Zayn Afzal

Unit One

2020

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