TRADE WAYS - POST+ CAPITALIST CITY 1#SHOP
POST+CAPITALIST CITY, #1Shop is an international ideas competition which called for proposals to re-think the concept of the shop, the way we consume, and a city with alternative shopping systems and shopping culture, from small interventions up to global concepts.
In Sydney, there is an abundance of unattractive and inefficient ground level city spaces; the lane ways and alley ways which only vehicular traffic currently use as shortcuts or deliveries, if at all. Our scheme plans to utilise these spaces to trade essentials and would be enforced by a not-for-profit organisation: "Trade Ways". The necessities include fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, dairy, grains and essential services.
Trade Ways would support direct suppliers of produce and essential services by providing the space for the transactions. This would ultimately provide a venue of fair trade for the local producers, the individuals and the smaller businesses, ensuring direct and maximum gain. This would promote employment, social sustainability and the continuity of diminishing interest in fresh produce and essential skills by individuals and families. The consumer would support Trade Ways due to the lower prices, avoiding the mark-up of profit by large companies and monopolies.
Consumers are currently hypnotised and manipulated by the large supermarkets due to convenience. Trade Ways would inhabit and create spaces of attractive thoroughfares within the CBD to compete.
Trade Ways would also enrich local experience
and so would be supported by tourists. Consumers would then know what they are buying, where it came from and how it has come about whether it be a product or service. Trade Ways would physically consist of a mix of permanent and portable shop fronts. The permanent would be flexible yet contain all required utilities. Doubling as transportation containers, the portable shop fronts would accommodate the need to deliver produce from all different parts of the city surrounds for weekly re-stocking. The usual vehicular as well as proposed vehicular access would be limited to after hours to provide multi-functional efficient use of space whilst also improving air quality and congestion of the CBD.
Trade Ways would re-claim all inefficient ground and open air spaces for the 99%. By 2035 Trade Ways would re-claim 90% of the central city grounds for the 99% as gradually the focus of the CBD ground level streetscape shifts from a focus on the 1% to the 99%.