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  • DeKalb Market opened last weekend, in downtown Brooklyn, New York.

    Another inner city artist market? Well, maybe. But the thinking behind DeKalb has a little bit more to it.

    Its fair to say Urban Space have been reinventing spaces for over 30 years now, both in the U.S and in the UK. Camden Lock, begun by Urban Space in 1978, is the fourth busiest visitor destination in Greater London. In the 90's it was my local weekend haunt. Many businesses I know, found their feet in Camden markets. Not least, The Body Shop founded by one of my all time greats, the late Anita Roddick. So, knowing Urban Space, in conjunction with local designers Young Woo & Associates are behind this initiative, is as good a place as any to start.

    Brooklyn is known for its history in manufacturing, ship building, and as a commercial port, so it's only fitting that its latest community destination is made up of a collection of salvaged shipping containers.


    Bringing together Brooklyns finest young entrepeneurs, its makers, artists, farmers and chefs, the DeKalb Market is much more than a market, and will, as it grows, include an incubator farm, food market, onsite community radio, events and a performance venue, serving as a local community centre and showcasing Brooklyns finest talents.

    The who's who of eco/community organisations putting energy into the incubator farm gets my big thumbs up. From organisations like The Brooklyn Grange, who operate the largest rooftop farm in the U.S. in Long Island City, to the Malcolm X Grassroots Movements, distributing crops throughout Brooklyn, the South Bronx and Harlem, and Family Cook a NFP educational program for high school students.

    I love how 'farm', and even 'farmer' are cool these days.

    For now, its the collection of eateries and work/sell studio spaces made from shipping containers which are stealing the show. Creativity meets improv with sustainability at its heart.

    Definitely worth a visit if you're in that part of the world.

     


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    References: All photographs by Leonel Lima Ponce for Inhabitat
    http://www.inhabitat.com
    http://dekalbmarket.com
    http://www.urbanspacenyc.com