[Glimpses of] A Political Symbiosis


The origins of the tianguis (temporary Mexican markets) lie in pre-Columbian times and are held once or twice a week. This proposal is adjacent to a tianguis. The nature of the market is somewhat illegal. Market union leaders pay the local borough delegate to look the other way, and support the local delegate’s political campaign with loyalty, in return for allowing the vendors to set up their private and illegal trades on public city land. There are over 1,300 tiagnuis in Mexico city. This project celebrates this union and augments the existing tianguis at Bazar el Oro, providing extra market space, political offices, vendor hostels, and the grey area in between…