Mobs and Microbes

Global Perspectives on Market Halls, Civic Order and Public Health

Edited by Leila Marie Farah and Samantha L. Martin

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Market halls at the intersection of civic order and public health
Markets and market halls have always been more than about trade and nourishment. A detailed look at the histories of marketplaces provides evidence of the public health concerns they faced, as well as the social commotion, mobilization and, at times, unrest they hosted. This edited volume reappraises the market hall, examining both its architectural and its social and political significance.
Focusing on how these buildings embodied transformations in architecture and urbanism from the mid-nineteenth century until the age of COVID-19, Mobs and Microbes situates market halls at the intersection of civic order and public health. Central to this are advances in sanitation and hygiene. These radical interventions also mediated conflicting interests. Through their rational designs, market halls intertwined government policies and regulations, which formalized, controlled and literally imposed order. Additionally, markets served as demonstration grounds for community-led mobilization efforts. With case studies spanning North America, Europe, Asia, India and Africa, this edited volume provides a global perspective on covered market halls across many disciplines, including architecture, history of art and architecture, landscape architecture, food studies and urban history.

Contributors: Samantha L. Martin (University College Dublin), Leila Marie Farah (Toronto Metropolitan University), Ashley Rose Young (Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History), Daniel Williamson (Savannah College of Art and Design), Zhengfeng Wang (University College Dublin), Nkatha Gichuyia (University of Nairobi), Xusheng Huang (Southeast University), Ruth Lo (Hamilton College), Emeline Houssard (Sorbonne Université), Henriette Steiner (University of Copenhagen), Andrea Borghini (Università degli Studi di Milano), Min Kyung Lee (Bryn Mawr College).

Ebook available in Open Access.
This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

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344 pages

ISBN: 9789461664952

Publication: February 01, 2023

Languages: English

Leila Marie Farah is associate professor at Toronto Metropolitan University’s Department of Architectural Science and was recently named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques de la République française.
Samantha L. Martin is associate professor at University College Dublin. She received her MPhil and PhD in Architecture from Cambridge University and is a graduate of Smith College.
By presenting new research on market halls, this anthology of essays is a clear contribution to its field. It is a thorough amalgam of architectural history, urban history and urban studies approaches, drawing on archival evidence, including visual evidence.
Victoria Kelley, University for the Creative Arts