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.

The complex intersection of multiple subjects presented by the two marketplaces demonstrates spatial and economic entanglements that should not be reduced to simplified parallels.
Nevertheless,there are several echoes that can be traced across both nations, cities and marketplaces.

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.

Type: Research

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia & Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Year: 2019

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