Market and Street Food trading have been prominent areas of research for Threesixty in recent years. Gina has spent her final year at university studying Glasgow’s historic Barras Market. Part of her thesis work has been included in Blueprint Magazine’s 2017 Design Graduates ‘The Ones to Watch’ feature.
The research considers the future of The Barras, resulting in a programme of community-led developments to enhance the core activities of the area – market, music and food.
The first phase of the project was spent working with Many Studios, a local arts organisation based on Ross Street in the Barras. Gina and her partner Fraser spent three months designing and constructing six adaptable stalls to introduce Ross Street Market to the wide array of vibrant markets that make up the Barras.
Many Studios – along with several other young local companies such as BAaD, Glasgow Collective and St Luke’s – are seeking to reinvigorate the area, bringing in new visitors, residents, businesses and investment. The Ross Street Market stalls respond to the demand for contemporary, high quality craft markets and street events in Glasgow and the UK, in order to bring in new audiences to the area and support the continued revitalisation of Glasgow’s East End.
In the changing climate of the Barras, the new market stalls reflect and promote its distinct identity, but at the same time are forward looking, in the knowledge that a decline in footfall and investment has led to the deterioration of Calton and a loss of morale within the community of existing vendors.
Different vendor types can customise each stall to their individual product by configuring the plywood components in any way they choose. The flexible display solution is mounted to an aluminium framework which folds down to just 75mm thick for ease of storage. The stalls are used monthly as part of the East End First Saturdays initiative and are approaching their year anniversary. The durability and stability has proven to be functional in Scotland’s year round wet and windy climate while the neutral materials and playful design has attracted numerous local designers and street food traders to the market.
Working with strEAT Events and Creative Scotland, Gina and Fraser plan to develop the design and make them available to the wider market trading community for hire or purchase in Spring 2018.