Two Markets proposes an examination of two urban marketplaces in sub-Saharan Africa: one market is Kariakoo in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the other is Merkato in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Both markets have served not only as sites of local economic trade, but as materializations of conflicting ambitions like nation building, colonial control, Cold War politics, and neoliberalism.
This project is not an attempt to establish a Darwinian narrative of how these marketplaces ‘evolved’ towards modernity. It is an attempt to understand these sites as reflexive spaces that simultaneously recreate their histories and pre-possess their futures.
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia & Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Team: Emanuel Admassu, Jen Wood, Flora Lucas, Theodore Rweyemamu, Gweny Jin, Louna Bou Ghanem, Tori Deutch, Jingru Tong, Keyan Hansen, Peter Heller
Advisors: Rahel Shawl, Daniel Mbisso
Supported by: The Design Research Seed Fund, RISD Architecture