Collective Spaces of Informal and Formal Markets as Emergent Infrastructures: the Case of Onitsha Markets, Nigeria


The research project’s objective is to obtain critical insight of possibilities and constraints in the making and use of collective spaces of informal and formal market spaces, understood as emergent infrastructures and part of self-organization processes within the development of the city of Onitsha, Nigeria. Onitsha is a rapidly growing city, which comprises a conglomeration of markets amidst limited conventional urban infrastructure. These markets drive and define the uncontrolled exponential urban growth processes within the city and its periphery. The research seeks to understand how these markets, and their constituting collective spaces, are inextricably interwoven with the city’s transformation, growth, spatial experience and livability. Analysis of morphological and functional components of the collective spaces of the market clusters and their accessibility in relation to the social, cultural economic and existing contextual layers will be conducted. The research findings will contribute to discourses on urbanization processes of emerging cities in developing economies and will detect possible strategies towards a sustainable urban growth.
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