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Liminal Cadaster — mapping spaces of transition
Liminal or transitional spaces are existing urban environments that show tensions among users and towards their relation to space. They represent zones within different social milieus, antagonist geographical topographies, architectural and urban discrepancies with diverse political claims. Liminal spaces are highly ambivalent: they are not used by people in the way that architects and urban designers have planned them.
When we map a city in terms of these thresholds, many elements need to be considered, such as the interplay between personal experiences within the space and the spatial relational phenomena. Tools for perceiving and understanding these liminal spaces offer new ways of dialog, encounters and negotiation. A basic method to investigate liminal spaces is the Liminal Conversation, which is dialogical method and at the same time an instrument of analysis — consist of a facilitated conversation where different users of a given space, come together to start a conversation around problems or diverse viewpoints. This conversation is hosted in-situ, allowing issues to be resolved/addressed on the spot.
The workshop will revolt around the mapping of Liminal Spaces. Students would be encouraged to identify the thresholds, use or create tools to understand the space (f.e Liminal Conversation) and to generate a cadaster (Nolli Map, Parcours etc.) highlighting the characteristics of the different spots.