Part of Chris Briffa's proposals involves a stepped piazza
The old suq in Valletta cuts a pretty depressing figure as things stand. I have the faintest memory of when it was buzzing with life, when it was considered not only as a valuable source of food and produce for city people and beyond but also as a hub where to catch up with the gossip, as it were. Times changed, things happened and – for a variety of reasons – the market’s primary function has somewhat diminished.
I’ve seen this old building take life twice over the past years, thanks to the Patches Arts and Crafts market which created a lovely and warm vibe. Another time, something (rather disappointingly) got in the way of a planned live music gig and it failed to materialize.
I’ve always wondered why no-one has yet come up with a proposal to help this building reach its full potential. Now, someone has. When the invitation to attend a presentation by architect Chris Briffa landed in my mail I was immediately intrigued. Read more here.