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The Arch 515 Graduate Design Studio of the Spring 2014 semester was a 15-week intensive investigation of ephemeral architecture and development of an urban food market for the City of Providence. The studio explored ideas as a partnership between the Roger Williams University Community Partnerships Center and key members of the Providence community devoted to bringing a market to the area.


This market essentially combines a marketplace with an existing or new industrial building. The hybrid created results in space that has daily retail sales and hours, as well as other goods available at other times. The industrial aspect typically acts as the anchor, as the market’s activities help attract a different group of consumers at other business times. An example of this would be a seafood supply warehouse that also provides dining and entertainment as a nightlife destination.