Urban intervention/design prototype based on observation/market analysis. Project commissioned by The Studio Museum in Harlem (2004).
Todd Palmer was one of 18 African-American architects and designers invited by curator Thelma Golden to participate in this landmark Harlemworld: Metropolis as Metaphor show that brought creative solutions to the challenges of gentrification in Harlem.
Palmer’s contribution to the show was covered in Art News and Metropolis, and applauded by New York Times critic Herbert Muschamp as one of those that indicated “serious, penetrating analyses of Harlem’s complex social and visual texture.”
Titled Urban Trade Space: The Global Streets Project is a prototype design that takes street vendors and roving merchants improvisational construction and merchandising methods and fuses them with the means that museums, commercial galleries and high-end retailers use to display objects and give them “value.”
The catalogue documents the research phase of the project and argues that “informal” merchants are potential economic agents whose participation in the economy is essential to sustainable neighborhood development.