The Teze Bazaar, a 70-year old landmark in the center of Baku, is prepared for a new vision of market, public space, trading, culture, and meeting place in the city. Historically
speaking markets have been one of the most important social catalysts in the city, a space for everyone, with a low threshold to participate. These unique cities within the city
have an atmosphere and characteristic defined by their intensity, sounds, smells, textures and colors, and the feeling of getting lost and finding the unexpected.
Situated between new, medium-high end residential development and small scale, low income neighborhood to the west (Kubinka), Teze has been irresponsive to the change
in the community as well as culture. We are witnessing a contemporary shift in values that are challenging the typology and culture of the traditional market. A shift where an
economy of expediency – supermarkets, fast food, big box shopping – threaten the value placed on local quality, the person-to-person exchange of goods and services, and the vital importance of social interaction.
It is the ambition of the new Teze Bazaar to revitalize and reimagine the traditional market while making space for the future meeting place of the city.