Bizarre Bazaar

From June, 3 until July, 3, 2016, Bizarre Bazaar exhibition took place. It is organized by students in architecture and urban planning from Michigan University, based on different topics of their research about the use of public space and trading spaces they were doing in Ukraine. They visited Kyiv, Odesa, and Lviv and studied similarities and differences of architectural history and modern use of bazaars and informal markets. The display includes drawings, photographs, and other original pieces by the course participants. It represents new opinions on places common for spectators such as bazaars and their architectural, structural and contextual components. The exhibition is not only the presentation of research work by students but also a methodology example that helps to describe a feature of the object or subject under study within a short period of time.

A Bizarre Bazaar is a result of a three-week travel course with a workshop of the same name Bizarre Bazaar; supervised by Ashley Bigham, a lecturer of architecture in the Taubman College for Architecture and Urban Planning at Michigan University. Eight participants of the course are the students from the graduate and undergraduate years of the Taubman College. The course focused on developing informal markets in Ukraine and shifts in the use of public space in a post-Soviet context.