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Supported / Creating ‘Market Cities’: Leveraging the Power of Public Markets as Public Spaces

October 21, 2019 @ 18:00 - 20:00 BST

Speaker: Professor Stephen Davies
Principal, Place-Solutions Group, LLC
Co-Founder, Project for Public Spaces
Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute

Discussion Convenor: Professor Georgia Butina Watson AoU

There are thousands if not millions of fresh food public markets of around the world that link urban and rural communities and economies.

These markets take many forms – from open air, mobile markets to permanent market halls to entire market districts.

This lecture will focus on the economic and social value these often under-valued markets bring as fulcrum points for fostering active and inclusive public space in cities, while also promoting job creation, economic development, positive social networks, safe and nurturing public spaces, and access to affordable, fresh and healthy foods.

Case studies of market transformations will illustrate the value public markets can bring to communities, using examples from the United States and, by contrast, from Hanoi, Vietnam.

Tickets are available for £10 for OBU staff and students, and £50 for non OBU members. To purchase a ticket, click on the button below.



October 21, 2019
18:00 - 20:00 BST
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Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Oxford, OX3 0BP
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