Michael DelValle

Michael DelValle

Derry, NH, US


Piazza Ghiberti (spring 2009)

When challenged to design a marketplace in Piazza Ghiberti it was advantageous to study the market right across the street. When visiting the market during market hours it was full of life, characterized by foldable tables covered in a great variety of goods as well as vans displaying goods on their doors. Going back there later in the day it was completely empty, except for the street sweepers cleaning up the mess from the market. Even later in the day the area turns into a parking lot, full of mini cars protected by the market’s roof.

Such dynamism is what drove the design of the market at Piazza Ghiberti, which utilizes a mobile market stall, referencing the mobility and ease of the market van. This allows the market to easily take new configurations according to the needs of the suppliers and buyers. When the market is not open the stalls slide under the housing block, which is designed to accommodate them. This makes cleaning the piazza easier while also allowing for a variety of activities to occupy the newly emptied space.

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Status: School Project
Location: Firenze, IT