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.