The topoligical relations of corner buildings in the street fabric

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This paper considers the role of the corner and corner buildings in the architectural relations of the street. Referring to affordance, legibility and Weber´s (1995) psychological approach to perceived architectural space, the paper discusses the value of clearly articulated corner constructions using selected examples.
The dominant modes of building in the post-WWII period tend towards two extremes: high rise/high density and low rise/low density, often characterised by disconnected building masses. Both modes reject the well-developed formats generally used up to the 1920s. These relied on moderate density, moderate height and conjoined buildings to create clearly defined, legible streets characteristic of an integrated urban fabric.
As in furniture and product design, the handling of features such as junctions of the corner is a matter worthy of aesthetic consideration. This article looks at the morphology of street corner design. It examines the role of corners in the urban structure and reasons why they are no longer much used. A typology of corner building arrangement is proposed.
This paper argues that certain morphologies make for better corner designs. It also argues that quantitative recommendations in planning guidance are insufficient to ensure desirable outcomes in street design.
TidsskriftJournal of Architecture and Urbanism
Sider (fra-til)322-334
StatusUdgivet - 14 dec. 2016

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