Apni Mandis – activating Leisure Valley with farmers’ markets and food security.
With the failure of large grocery stores in globalizing Chandigarh, Apni Mandis that enable residents to buy fresh, locally (nearby) produced food directly from farmers have become very successful. They are self-regulated and self-run, based on a rental economy, located in residual, inter-stitial spaces in the southern sectors of the city. Rather than obscure them to the edges, CUL proposes to integrate Apni Mandis into the ‘lungs’ of the city, the Leisure Valley to make it a concept integral to the future identity of the city. Additional features: cross programming, urban-farming plots, activation of largely unused Leisure Valley –
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