La Petite Ceinture is a proposal for a traveling market that would transform an abandoned Parisian train line into low-impact infrastructures for farm-fresh fruits and veggies. The project would rehabilitate decommissioned or underused urban networks and use them to host rotating markets throughout the city. The project was designed by by Amílcar Ferreira and Marcelo Fernandes as an entry for the 2013 M.ART Opengap Competition, which focuses on redefining the concept of the “market” as a commercial space.
Markets are fun, but they can also be a logistical nightmare. Blocked driveways and bike paths, not to mention piles of garbage left after the stands are dismantled, create a problem for commuters and pollute the streets. La Petite Ceinture aims to eliminate all the negative aspects of organizing urban markets and provide people with a more sustainable and fuss-free experience.
The project merges both local and tourist needs and creates an original structure that acts as a bridge between urban dwellers and locally produced goods. It rehabilitates the Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture (French for “little belt railway”) Parisian railway which once ran within the fortified walls of the city. The trains, carrying workshops and stores, picks up visitors and travels across the city while generating no waste.