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: Jen Wood, Emanuel Admassu, Flora Lucas, Theodore Rweyemamu, Gweny Jin, Louna Bou Ghanem, Tori Deutch, Jingru Tong, Keyan Hansen, Peter Heller
Advisors: Rahel Shawl, Daniel Mbisso
Funding: The Design Research Seed Fund, currently supported by the Cannon Foundation, and distributed annually to a faculty member in the Architecture Department for the creation of an exhibition, a public lecture, and a publication.