The nature of transitory spaces

Limits of ever­yday life
HS Coburg
Prof. Mario Tvrtković
Fachgebiet Städtebau und Entwerfen

Our ever­yday life as archi­tects and plan­ners is charac­te­rised by bounda­ries. One of the most important issues here is the divi­sion of space into public and private space and the physical design of the tran­si­tions between these two legal cate­go­ries of space.

Tran­si­tory spaces repre­sent a special feature. Spaces that can be found in all scales and have a charac­te­ristic of „both and“ in them­selves. These include places of waiting (foyers, waiting rooms, etc.) but also urban constel­la­tions with special charac­te­ris­tics such as ports, station districts, tranship­ment points, border cros­sings, etc. Often the spatial bounda­ries in a quarter, city or region are over­laid with other bounda­ries of ever­yday life such as poli­tical, social, ethnic or reli­gious bounda­ries. In some cases, these borders overlap and run along invi­sible corridors.

The seminar approa­ches the topic on several levels. Toge­ther we will compile a collec­tion of hard and soft borders and discuss their effects on ever­yday prac­tices. In the second part we look for concrete spatial examples of dynamic bounda­ries at diffe­rent scales and show their pecu­lia­ri­ties and charac­te­ris­tics. The format is discur­si­vely struc­tured and lives from the invol­ve­ment and parti­ci­pa­tion of the group.