Competition for Quarteira Market

Type: Competition 1st prize Location: Quarteira, Portugal Team: Pedro Campos Costa, Sara Machado Landscape architects: PROAP

Throughout history, places of commerce, always showed moments of encounter and exchange, gaming and animation, and the reflection of a complex and dynamic process in which, in addition to goods moving people, knowledge, values, ideas , tastes and techniques. Since the Greek agora, the Roman Forum, the medieval squares, the Renaissance loggias, the vociferous bazaars / souk in the Arab world, as well as commercial galleries, symbols of the industrial revolution, and why not, also the contemporary shopping mall, places of trade are transmitters of culture and act as communication spaces. There are places where they mingle and express different social and cultural sensitivities. Identifiable in its colors, in its smells, noises and its people, markets are an ancient typology which coincides with the rise of cities. In this regard, Italo Calvino reminds us, a splendid tales of "Le cittá invisibility" as the relationship between the buyer and seller in the bazaar of the Empire of the Great Khan, despite being a simple activity of exchange of goods, raised a series of inner restlessness, requesting ideas, sensations and emotions. Despite all its potential, markets have been losing strength and leadership in the urban structure The concept of this market seems to recover the importance of the market in the urban fabric, as kneecap flow structuring and dynamic city. Centralizing it and placing it as pump flows to both the beaches and the city of Quarteira as the beaches of Vilamoura. Accordingly, the role of market recovers as valence essential in building, developing and structuring the seafront of Quarteira and Vilamoura, especially in his great ability to articulate, channel, rehabilitate, create flows, and give quality to public space. It is noticed that the markets today can not be seen as something static, mono and functional properties. The commercial dynamism is now a reality that markets should follow answering contemporary needs and facilitating urban strategies. The inescapable function of markets as social centers, places of exchange of ideas and culture. Apart from the belief that the changes in buying habits, the appearance of new and more competitive business graduates, the eruption of new technologies applied to commerce, the change in the use of free time, new forms of social relations, etc.. ask constantly renewed, fitness and flexibility in the design of commercial "archetypes" .