MARCH 2021

Dadar Flower Market

Aditi Sharma based in Milan; Italy is pursuing master’s in strategic design at Politecnico di Milano. After completing her bachelor’s in architecture, she pursued Master of Interior Design and Architecture with specialization in history, theory and criticism, a program embedded in research at CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Following her passion for research, she continues to study the intersection of spaces, culture and history in different contexts. Besides the latter, she is an avid reader and traveller, constantly documenting her journey through photography. To explore her work check Instagram @_travel_snippets

The Dadar flower market is an example of one of the popular markets run by flower vendors for the routine needs of the people. Set up at 4 AM, the market runs till 9 AM for its sales. In the most organic formulation, the market meanders through the paths created by the vendors for the passers-by. Catering to the nearest train station as well, the area has a massive flux of movement through the day, and especially in the morning hours. Does the planning today consider such needs of markets and functioning? This overwhelming space has an identity because of its presence as a leading marketplace, although as a space does it fulfil the needs of the users? Given that we are now in the post-COVID scenario, does the market cater to the social-distancing protocols, sanitation, and other sanitary grounds? Something to ponder about.


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