There have been some misfits between the practice of urban planning at a macro scale and the needs of the society at amicro scale. This paper intends to discuss this issue by illustrating a case of high density urban housing as a supportingsystem for the activities in a traditional market as urban public facilities. The case suggests a dialog between thephysical space determined by macro-scale planning and the everyday social life of the community living in the housingsurrounding the market. The housing plays an important role as a living space for the market workers and as a settingfor various activities that support the trading activities in the market. Unfortunately, there is a tendency that despite itsimportance, the quality of the housing is still far from sufficient as a space for living. The findings in this study suggestthat the practice of urban design, especially in the provision of public facilities, needs to integrate macro urban scalewith more micro everyday life of the communities. The practice of urban design needs to be sensitive to the diversity inurban environment and the interrelationships between urban elements. In this way, it would be possible to create urbanenvironment that caters for the needs of its inhabitants in a sustainable way, both at macro scale and micro scale.