New Orleans, Louisiana (2004-present)

Client: The French Market Corporation

•    Improve public spaces
•    Increase ‘local’ products and customers
•    Facilitate vendor and community workshops

Since 1791, the food available at New Orleans’ French Quarter Market has represented the diverse mix of ethnicities and culinary traditions that symbolize New Orleans’ culture. The French Market Corporation hired Project for Public Spaces to develop a plan for physically renovating and remerchandising the market as a local institution.

PPS worked with the corporation to develop a plan for physically renovating and remerchandising the market as a local institution. The corporation conducted customer and intercept surveys in the market to make sure their opinions were represented. Through workshops and interviews with two New Orleans architecture firms, community and political representatives on the market’s board, and vendors, the French Market Corporation defined a re-visioning plan and developed the idea for a Farmers’ Shed. When completed, the Shed will incorporate local foods and producers back into the market by providing them with a specific place to sell their goods. Other plans focused on re-designing lighting, storage, and points of entry.show