Ceren Sezer and Camila Pinzon Cortés prepared a special issue for a popular Turkish architectural magazine Betonart on market places. This special issue gathers international examples of market places to present how a market place can support spatial, social and economic development of an urban area, thus be useful strategy for urban development. In her article, Juanita Fonseco presents the Corabastos market located in the outskirts of Bogota, which influences the transformation of its surrounding neighbourhood. This market generates activities which span over 24 hours, which trigger complimentary programs and adaptations in the neighbourhood. Day and night activities are also shown by Chintan Gohil in her article about the Manek Chowk market in Ahmedabad’s inner city, where market related activities are deeply rooted in the neighbourhood, which generate a permanence of the temporality of the neighbourhood programs. Sheng Qiang in his article presents food markets in Beijing and argues that it is not the architecture of the market which has an important role in its demise or economic sustainability, but its location in relation to the mobility infrastructure of the city. Yasemin Ilkay observes how the relocation and transformation of two market places into shopping malls in Ankara affect their role in social interaction between neighbourhood residents and visitors. As it is presented by Benjamin Michelon in the case of Kigali, transformation of market places into shopping malls is also a way of improving the city image by the Rwandan government, which disadvantages market traders. Devisari Tunas presents the potentials of market places to empower disadvantaged urban groups, such as women. Based on a case study from a market place in a Muslim village in Java lsland, where women positioned after men in the social stratification, Tunas shows that women can be integrated to the economic life of the city by working in a market place, which helps her to build up their social capital.

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