Informal Market Worlds – Atlas

The Informal Market Worlds – Atlas contains 72 case studies with about 200 cartographies and infographics by Mario Pruner and Andreas Kofler, and a case study of Montreuil’s flea market by the latter. Research and insights into today’s informal urban systems: from Kabul’s post-conflict Bush Bazaar to Arizona’s Snow Birds hipster markets.

Informal markets are a central feature of the twenty-first century’s first tumultuous years. Both part of and response to the homogenising forces of globalisation, they shape a volatile shadow system of heterogeneous micro-locations.

Informal Market Worlds maps this new kind of urban system emerging from the multi-directional movements of ongoing deregulations and realignments. Offering a global perspective on the conflicted realities of informal marketplaces – from survival activities of the urban poor to transnational clandestine trade networks – these analyses reveal how informality has become a political instrument in the struggles around global market integration. Bringing together imaginative architectural approaches with texts by key contemporary thinkers, the two-volume Informal Market Worlds explores new ways to interrupt the dominant logics of neoliberal governance.

ISBN 978-94-6208-194-9
Editors: Peter Mörtenböeck, Helge Mooshammer
Design: Studio Joost Grootens
English, paperback, 17 x 24 cm, 512 pages, illustrated (1000 color and b/w)

Selected chapters available as PDF:
Introduction / Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer
“Notorious Markets”
Bangkok’s Red Zones / Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer
Hipster Markets
Talad Rot Fai / Peter Mörtenböck and Helge Mooshammer