How do we Study Urban Markets Spatially?

Anant Maringanti |  2016


This is a study of the spatial and economic transformation of Bholakpur in Hyderabad and its emergence as a thriving scrap market. Using participatory mapping, this case identifies the market’s trade areas, its key institutions, and the flows of waste and recycled material allow alternative narratives to emerge, providing rich insights about how resources come together, about everyday negotiations and governance, and about how communities build critical spatial imaginations. A series of annotated maps, a “Right to the City” manifesto, and a participatory mapping playbook can help learners map and engage with emerging urban geographies.