Kathryn Clarke Albright MDes ’94 Published “Exploring the Architecture of Place in America’s Farmers Markets”
Cincinnati University Press published “Exploring the Architecture of Place in America’s Farmers Markets” authored by Kathryn Clarke Albright MDes ’94. The book explores the elusive architectural space of beloved community-gathering places. Architect, teacher, and founder of the Friends of the Farmers Market, Kathryn Clarke Albright combines historically informed architectural observation with interview material and images drawn from conversations with farmers, vendors, market managers and shoppers. Albright presents in-depth case studies to demonstrate how architectural elements and spatial conditions foster social and economic exchange between vendors, shoppers, and the community at large. Albright looks ahead to an emerging typology—the mobile market—bringing local farmers and healthy foods to underserved neighborhoods. The impact farmers markets make on their local communities inspires place-making, improves the local economy, and preserves rural livelihoods. Developed organically and distinctively out of the space they occupy, these markets create and revitalize communities as rich as the produce they sell.