The 9th International Markets Conference was held in Barcelona 26-28 March and was hosted by the Project for Public Spaces – this link also has a good article on Barcelona as part of PPS work on Market Cities. The conference sounds a great success and there is a blog posting from Foodshare, Toronto with a few thoughts about indoor v outdoor markets and their own work with getting fresh produce to low income communities here.
No doubt more reports will follow.
URBACT is a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development and it has some interesting articles and projects on city markets (see this blog 11 Feb – Renewing old markets). One further example is a post on Barcelona’s strategic plan for its city markets 2015 -2025 – which has 39 policy and 153 concrete actions to implement over the next ten years.The plan was evolved through a participatory process as part of Barcelona’s participation in URBACT MARKETS and you can read more of the details here
I just came across the EU URBACT programme that is described as: ‘a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development that enables CITIES to work together to develop solutions to major urban challenges, reaffirming the key role they play in facing increasingly complex societal changes’. The programme has a project currently running on markets , led by the city of Barcelona – you can read about it here: http://urbact.eu/en/projects/urban-renewal/urbact-markets/homepage/