Title: Privacy and Depth Configurations
Authors: Scheerlinck, Kris # ×
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Slovenska Akademia Vied * Ustav Stavebnictva a Architektury
Series Title: Architektura & Urbanizmus. Journal for Architecture and Town Planning Theory vol:2 pages:166-185
Abstract: Depth configurations are not exclusively based on the traditional private/public property distinction but depend on the amount, the nature and the structural qualities of collective space, together with several spacing mechanisms. The urban project’s quality rather depends on the multiplicity of the depth configuration: multiple reading of the space’s permeability enriches the urban experience on an individual and a collective level.

The guarantee for privacy (understood as a desire to not always be part of an all-round collective space) does not depend on how explicit we define territorial boundaries but on the way we configure space, the way and where we define access to neighbourhoods, properties, buildings or rooms. The use of higher walls, building the entrance door at a higher distance from the street, define in a forcing and singular way how people should access or use their rooms, houses or neighbourhoods, does not guarantee a qualitative level of human comfort.

The concept of depth configurations does not define a simple morphological discourse about linear quantitative sequences of crossing boundaries: the designing or reading of depth is placed within a more complex configuration of proximity, permeability, integration values and delimiting boundaries on a physical, visual and territorial level.
ISSN: 0044-8680
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Campuses Sint-Lucas Brussels and Ghent
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