Liminal sites : designing marginal space in Broadmeadows

Bratoeva, C 2008, Liminal sites : designing marginal space in Broadmeadows, Masters by Research, Architecture and Design, RMIT University.

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Collection: Theses

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Title Liminal sites : designing marginal space in Broadmeadows
Author(s) Bratoeva, C
Year 2008
Abstract Liminal sites are those on the verge of change, between boundaries and in a temporary state of ambiguity. Throughout my practice as an architect I was aware of the existence of such spaces. I was also aware that they were rarely the product of my intentional design effort. Because of that to me these spaces were precious. They represent moments in space of ambiguous function and questionable beauty but also moments I sought out everyday. This masters research is my way of refocusing my practice to engage with these types of spaces. The sense that this search will take me outside of my understanding of architecture lead me to chose to undertake it as a masters in landscape architecture. My main research question is: How can a designer construct a liminal site? The research concentrates on four central themes - development of a definition of the term "Liminal Site", transitional forms between public and private space, user-designer relationship and the role of narrative sequencing in varying the user-designer relationship. The research is conducted by project through a series of design exercises based in a surface car park as Broadmeadows town centre in outer north Melbourne. The research employs found and designed spaces as precedent sites, analysis of film as examples of designed narrative sequences, analysis of personal driving patterns for users engagement with narrative and the testing of the identified narrative sequencing techniques on the selected site. The research defines a liminal site as an experiential space which sits on the threshold of public and private and is able to temporarily shift from one to the other through the engagement with users. I identify three types of narrative sequencing techniques which can be employed in the design of a liminal site: linear, recurrent and concurrent. Each of these methods creates an unique connection between the designer and the user. The success of these techniques in constructing a liminal site varies. The research concludes that "liminal sites" are the product of a collaborative relationship between designer and user. Their generation can be achieved by the specific transfer of meaning occurring through the embedding and decoding of narrative sequences, performed by both user and designer.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Keyword(s) Landscape architecture
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