REMINISCING LIFE IN AN INDIAN MARKET
Khan market, established in 1951 in New Delhi, initially a neighborhood market catering to the nearby residential areas, it no longer resembled an Indian market today. The roadside vendors, found in almost every street of India, are missing, people are indifferent to each other, and moreover, the people found in the market are mostly not native people. More than the physical surroundings, the ambiance of the space had changed which made the market feel unfamiliar.
The proposal intends to revive the spirit of the market by introducing the tangible and, more importantly, the intangible characteristics usually found in an Indian market, but now lost in Khan Market. By analyzing various case studies of unaltered old Indian markets, the primary intangible elements found in many Indian markets are identified, which are the mutual trust of buyers and sellers, the acceptability of diverse sections of society, temporal variations in the configuration of the market, and a sense of community among shopkeepers. By identifying these characteristics first, I then designed the physical space to accommodate them.
Khan Market, New Delhi