Debris of Disaster

This thesis aims to improve existing conditions of the market in Padang, Indonesia. The traces of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Sumatra in 2009 are still visible, what with the semi-collapsed multi-storey markets dominating the landscape of the town area. This is despite the USD 552 million that was donated by various parties.

The subsidence of the market buildings led to an intense spawning of make-shift, mobile stalls in and around the area. As a consequence, hygiene and safety are very much compromised. And as long as these make-shift markets continue to exist in the crevices of the old market, construction of the new buildings cannot begin.

This proposal demonstrates design that arises out of need. Using all the concrete debris from the implosion of the markets, a new, temporary market is created on a field. A few simple rules that govern the building of structural elements on the site will give rise to an aesthetic that resulted from necessity. Remnants of the debris of disaster are deposited in a controlled manner in the middle of the site, as an accidental memorial for what has happened.

Since the new market sits on an important urban square, it is pivotal for the design to respond to the geometry and function of the site. Postulations of the future of the structures are offered by means of a timelapse.