Elham Al Dweik

Baqala: The Social Hypermarket


Published in 2021 (Dubai, UAE), English and Arabic, 330 pages.

Baqala, or, The Social Hypermarket, researches the hypermarket and its history within the context of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. This thesis dissertation proposes to deconstruct the notion of the hypermarket, and considers a more pure form of retail, the regionally-significant "Baqala", or grocery store. A new form of architectural and urban revival can be actualized by returning to older, more intimate modes of retail, which can help revive social relations within the city of transience.This research was submitted as the thesis book in fulfillment of requirements for the Bachelor of Architecture in the American University in Dubai.


Logo Design by: Taimaa Barakat.

Contents
INTRODUCTION AND RESEARCH
Chapter 1.0 Introduction

Chapter 2.0 The Metamorphosis of Retail
2.1. Trade and The History of Urban Forms
2.2. Historical Trade Routes and Shaping Our Lives
2.3 Economic Factors: Trade as an Empire-Maker

Chapter 3.0: The Hypermarket
3.1. History, Culture, Capitalism
3.2. Warping the City: Urbanism and The Hypermarket
3.3. Transnationalism, France, and Neoliberalism
3.4. Exclusion, Automation, and Logistics:
A Compilation of Related Topics

Chapter 4.0: Dubai
4.1 Dubai: The Birth of a Retail City
4.2. Variety: A Retail Model
4.3. The Social Role of the Market and Retail

ANALYSIS AND SITE
Chapter 5.0 Conceptual Case Studies Analysis
5.1. Spatial Program and Criteria
5.2. Spatial Analysis and Dimensions

Chapter 6.0 Site Context and Analysis
6.1. Potential Sites Selection and Premise
6.2. Comparison Analysis in Urban Scale
6.3 Site I: ADCB Metro
6.4: Site II: Umm Al Sheif Metro
6.5: Site III: Mashreq Metro
6.6 Site IV: Emirates Towers Metro

Chapter 7.0 Space and Site Correlations
7.1. Conceptual Proposals
7.2. Summary and Synthesis



📚 Download

Listen to part II of the podcast episode with Sarah Bahgat: Post Istitutional Stress Disorder ✦ Read the first text we write together as K-oh-llective for NO NIIN Magazine ✦ Read our first exhibiton review by Dina Jereidini, Review #1: The Nutshell ✦ Send us your publications! Learn more about the Open Call: Art Publications ✦ Support K-oh-llective’s work with a small donation! Learn more on how to Donate! ✦ Get in touch at info@kohllective.com ✦ 

Listen to part II of the podcast episode with Sarah Bahgat: Post Istitutional Stress Disorder ✦ Read the first text we write together as K-oh-llective for NO NIIN Magazine ✦ Read our first exhibiton review by Dina Jereidini, Review #1: The Nutshell ✦ Send us your publications! Learn more about the Open Call: Art Publications ✦ Support K-oh-llective’s work with a small donation! Learn more on how to Donate! ✦ Get in touch at info@kohllective.com ✦