Mohammad Nasr



Architecture & Urban Conditions




How can the 21st-century public marketplace be re-imagined through place-making strategies of urban and natural temporality?

Considering the market places as one of the most engaging urban spaces for public in the current century, my project “What time is this place?’ will explore the re-imagining of the 21st-century public marketplace through place-making strategies of urban and natural temporality. It does this through three conceptual frames: The human life rhythms, temporal attributes of nature and the sense of flow.

The proposal for the revitalized bays market aims to amplify the liveliness of the public realm `by defining a new journey for people’s commute between the green spaces of Wentworth Park and eastern foreshore of Blackwattle Bay.  In order to generate a flexible public space, and to make each of its components autonomous, the site landscape was split up into smaller fragments and zones and filled up with a range of specifically designed urban furniture in order to create reconfigurable sub-zones that can maintain the whole space activated during different times as well as attracting different groups of people for variable purposes.

The marketplace building is formed aligned with the axis from the light rail station to the ferry terminal in order to make the building an attractive destination with a stronger inviting sense for the people commuting between the transports nodes. The building consists of two wings on sides which employ the flexible programs of retail and educational as well as food halls. The central canopy space, as a part of the people’s journey, works as a facilitator and a service provider for the public and represents an interactive public space which intentionally reflects the temporal features such as tidal and solar changes. The organic built form Merges with the green landscape on the Northern part which is used to grow flowers as a part of the market’s commercial purposes and to incorporate the temporal beauty of nature into the designed public space.