The New Guabuliga Market is the latest design and implementation project emerging from the [applied] The laboratory’s commitment to foreign affairs in the Guabuliga municipality in northern Ghana since 2011. Based on (field) research from 2018, a team of students designed an iconic modular market structure aimed at attracting traders to the remote city and to strengthen society’s economic performance. The design includes a floor and roof landscape that responds to programmatic, climatic and urban parameters, an integrated water source, suitable furniture and exhibition options as well as a market shop for locally produced products that evokes the shape of traditional grain silos in the region.
Responding to new education and trade activities
The [a]The FA Labor’s commitment to the community has manifested itself over the years through city-level planning, environmental and infrastructure projects, built architecture and community participation. With this knowledge, the project was not only developed as an infrastructure, but also with a view to the urban and commercial growth of Guabuliga. The market is located at one end of the Guabuliga Greenbelt (2012 – ongoing), an implemented no-building zone that connects the city center with the adjacent river bed and serves as a marker for a more sustainable and alternative model of urban development. The market is also a response to new (adult) educational and commercial activities such as handicrafts and processed food production that are being promoted in the community.
Iconic renewal of market life
The design of the New Guabuliga Market is innovative in that ideas for growth and appropriation are brought to the market through ambitious shape, high quality, robust materials and new construction techniques. The team chose cellular geometries for the floor and roof landscape that respond to urban situations and future market expansions. With its platform, roofs, store, water source and seating area, the project marks an iconic renewal of market life in Guabuliga and has led to an increase in trading activities that attract local traders. Expansion zones enable informal scenarios to be set up and include pylons that sellers can use for display or shadow. By creating an attractive trading environment in this rural city, the market is counteracting the migration from rural to urban parts of Ghana.
The project has pushed boundaries in the local construction environment
The New Guabuliga Market was built with local workers and experts, using the skills of the project partners, from architectural design know-how to local bricklayers and welders, (un) qualified workers, women and the networks of local architects and development partners that are needed for a sustainable and complex project like this. The project was not designed as a design build, but as a way to involve different people and partners who foster a local and regional network of experts. The construction has created income-generating opportunities for people in the community for whom unemployment outside of agriculture is high. By realizing ambitious geometries and construction techniques, the project also pushed boundaries in the local building environment.
Place: Guabuliga, northeast region, Ghana
Program: Rural market
Area: 158 m2 (roof), 634 m2 (market area)
Year: 2018 – 2020
Ordered by: NGO Braveaurora, Chef Salifu Mahama Tampurie
Architects: [applied] Foreign Affairs, Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Sciences Vienna. Head: Baerbel Müller
Team: Chien-hua Huang, Magdalena Gorecka, Toms Kampars, with Jürgen Strohmayer and Abdul-Rauf Issahaque. Head: Baerbel Müller
In Topos 103 with the main topic “Trees” we presented the “Talking Trees” project by [applied] Foreign Affairs. Read the online excerpt and the full article in Topos 103 here.
[applied] Foreign Affairs is a transdisciplinary laboratory that examines spatial, infrastructural, ecological and cultural phenomena in rural and urban sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Each laboratory project focuses on a specific question or a clear mission and culminates in excursions and residences that generate (applied) research, images, rural and urban growth patterns, urban prototypes, imaginary (art) spaces and relational physical interventions. A series of lectures and lectures introduces the students to the spatial diversity and cultural liveliness of the current state of the respective project context, followed by workshops that deal with the status and potential of a specific region. The process of relating and producing is designed to be reactive and slowed down. Conditions of uncertainty and fragility are accepted. The result of each laboratory is presented in different formats and contexts.
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