The city of markets, Barcelona, is to provide the venue for an international conference on Public Markets with our CEO, Jan Cochrane-Harry, QVM Director of Strategy, Fiona Whitworth, and PPS Director, David O’Neil, presenting at the forum.
The conference takes place from Thursday March 26th to Saturday March 28th and an online description says –
"In these three days, operators, technical specialists and experts from around the world will discuss present-day strategies for revitalising public markets, a still-valid model which, unlike large shopping malls, fosters the general well-being of the city. The Conference will present new trends, around the world in ways of conceiving of and using public markets, both permanent and temporary.
It will do so by means of a programme which alternates visits to several Barcelona markets with lectures and debates embracing different views and perspectives. The ultimate aim of the Conference is to uphold the idea of the “Market City”, of which Barcelona is an example, and to encourage the contributions of this model to sustainable food systems, to the links between rural and urban worlds, and to the vitality of neighbourhoods."
Here is a link to a more detailed agenda - http://www.publicspace.org/files/PublicMarketsProgram.pdf