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.