6 January 2015 – Rotterdam markthal: food for thought part 2

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What is the identity/function of the new Markthal in Rotterdam? It seems conflicted. Creating a tourist destination seems high on the list and there is a stand selling brightly coloured souvenirs; and traders have used their imagination to create structures like the ‘log cabin’ selling soup, that even comes with a rope swing for children to play on.

But this is also a ‘temple of modernity’ with supermarkets taking a high proportion of the retail space and fresh food within the market space is presented rather too perfectly for me. I’ll write more about the food on sale in both markets next.

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