The interplay of landscape and the townscape of food markets has profoundly influenced the shaping of urban and rural space throughout history. Just as food markets themselves have been central to the formation of cities over a very long historical trajectory, their landscapes have expressed and shaped aspects of urban life in complex and diverse ways: spatially, socially, environmentally and economically. An historical review of these interconnections will demonstrate that the relationship of the food market to its landscape is not just about the nature of the market place or market building itself. Those interplays of landscape and place also reflect the influence food markets have across food system loci from production, through distribution to consumption and waste. Through a selection of historic examples from Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Africa the very complicated ways that food markets both influence and are influenced by their landscape connections will be explored. Drawing on historical sources including maps, plans, written accounts, visual images and archeological records the chapter will seek to provide some clarity about the historical antecedents of today’s food market landscapes. Encompassing pre-Classical to much more recent historical examples, the chapter will offer an historically informed analysis of the ways that these landscapes of food as both built form and townscape settings contribute to settlement space and social and economic practices relating to food today.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Landscape and Food|
|Editors||Tim Waterman, Josh Zeunert|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Mar 2018|