Designed Temporality


The Designed Temporality project explored design solutions in which the informal economy and its architecture can become a part of the urban design framework of cities in many parts of West Africa.

Through this project, our team prototyped a mobile cart for a hypothetical vendor named Fatima, who sells Bonbon Glacés on the streets in Niamey, Niger. Our research and design process was centered on creating a selling route and cart design specific to Fatima’s needs and the cultural and physical geographies that influence how people interact and use the built environment in the city.

This project was developed through a seminar titled “Planning, Designing, Building in West Africa: Informality from Urban Scale to Material Choices” at Brown University, taught by Mariam Kamara.


Completed 2017
Niamey, Niger [conceptual]
Research, Mapping, Industrial Design
Mel Isidor, Kyler Carlson
Mariam Kamara
Route Mapping

Route Mapping

Our maps analyzed Fatima’s background, school density, merchant locations, safety, climate, and other social factors to create an optimal travel route for Fatima to sell Bonbon Glacés, stop by the evening market, and engage in socialization on the streets in Niamey.

Cart Design and Profile Context